This is not your average Santa Claus parade. For six nights in December several ships, decked out for the holidays, sail around the Vancouver area spreading holiday cheer. Led by Barry Wilson aboard his wooden boat, Kona Kai, this flotilla of ships, decorated from stem to stern, is an annual tradition that started as the Vancouver Carol Ships 20 years ago.
Keep an eye out for Santa as the ships sail around Port Moody and Burrard inlets and up Indian Arm. The event began last weekend and continues for the next two weekends. The parades are weather permitting and begin at 7 pm. Don’t forget to sign Santa’s Great Guest Book as well!
Remaining dates and routes are outlined below.
Friday, December 11: Cruise toward Cates Park, into Deep Cove and back past Belcarra to Reed Point
Saturday, December 12: Cruise to Rocky Point Park and do a colourful parade loop past the park – the Rotary Club is expected to serve hot chocolate
Friday, December 18: From Reed Point Marina toward Rocky Point Park in a loop around the inlet, joined by crafts from the Vancouver Carol Ships
Saturday, December 19: From Reed Point, back to toward North Vancouver, Deep Cove, past Brighton Beach toward Camp Howdy, then back past Belcarra park to the marina