The Celebration of Light is an annual fireworks competition held in Vancouver. This year, three countries are competing, Vietnam, Brazil and Italy, on three nights over the course of the next week.
The competition is one of the city's most popular festivals, with up to 400,000 people gathering along the shores of English Bay. The fireworks are launched from a barge in the middle of the bay.
Large portions of downtown are closed off to traffic during the events. The streets around where I live were not part of these closures, so cars were parked in every available space -- a stark contrast to the Coal Harbour marina, which underwent a mass exodus as the boats headed off to get a good spot in the bay.