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Celebrate Canada Day in Vancouver at The Hotel at Terminal City Club

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The Hotel at Terminal City Club offers front row seating for the fabulous fireworks that electrify Vancouver’s waterfront each July 1 in celebration of Canada Day.

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Harbor view guest rooms and suites at the luxury 60-room boutique hotel overlook Vancouver’s sweeping harbor, the city’s signature Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, and the North Shore mountains that rise beyond the waters of Burrard Inlet.

Priceless anytime, the vista from the hotel’s wall of windows is jaw-dropping when the night sky lights up with brilliant starbursts, blinking balls of color and light and fiery comets with long tails ablaze.

Folks assemble early, jockeying for a preferred spot to picnic with family and friends along the scenic waterfront. The vibe is mellow and celebratory, so it’s great fun to circulate among the diverse crowds that make Vancouver such a fascinating cosmopolitan city.

There’s time to enjoy street theatre and music, a meal in nearby historic Gastown, and still be back to that coveted guest room in time for the fireworks extravaganza that takes place from 10:30 to 11pm. Pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, sit back in comfort and toast the birth of Canada as a nation.

July 1, 1867 is the anniversary of the confederation, when Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) were united into a single country, which began to shed its dependence on England. Today Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories.

(Read about my trip across the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia aboard Via Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer)

Nestled in downtown Vancouver’s waterfront and financial district, the luxury boutique hotel offers city as well as harbor views, along with the privileges of the exclusive Terminal City Club. With a location within a block of the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Stanley Park, the hotel draws cruise passengers along with business and leisure travelers.

60 newly renovated rooms and suites have flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, in-room safes, breakfast bar, and Deserving Thyme aromatherapy products. Local calls and high-speed wireless internet are complimentary.

The pièce de resistance is the fitness centre, with a full gym, tournament-sized squash courts and a beautiful 25-metre ozone-treated glass enclosed swimming pool. Even without the fireworks, a workout with a prime Vancouver view is rewarding for body and soul.

Visit the hotel’s website at www.tctowerhotel.com/

Westjet offers direct service between SFO and Vancouver. www.westjet.com

©Carol Canter, 2011

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