All three North Shore mountains have made a last minute decision to cancel their New Year’s Eve fireworks shows.
The operators of Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Seymour Mountain all stated this afternoon they have cancelled their fireworks due to high winds and heavy rainfall, with the region’s highest amounts of 60 mm forecast for the North Shore.
The shows were scheduled for earlier in the evening, well before midnight, as ticketed family-friendly fireworks events between 8 pm and 9 pm.
Organizers of Concord’s New Year’s Eve at Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver have also cancelled their plans to stage their annual fireworks. They are focusing their efforts on relocating their event next year to East False Creek between the Cambie Bridge and Science World.
In Seattle, the same weather conditions are also threatening tonight’s NYE fireworks at the Space Needle. According to KOMO News, event organizers and emergency officials are monitoring wind conditions; if there is a risk to safety, the fireworks at the Space Needle could be cancelled.
The closest NYE fireworks display to Metro Vancouver is now at Whistler Village, where shows are scheduled for 8 pm and midnight. Both shows are proceeding as planned at the time of writing.