The Vancouver Maritime Museum hosted a festive holiday light “switch-on” event Thursday night at Vancouver’s Heritage Harbour.

Community members gathered to listen to a children’s choir, drink hot chocolate and watch False Creek Ferries perform their popular “ferry boat ballet.”

These beautiful vintage wooden vessels lit up the harbour with colour and warmth, and members of the public were able to learn more about the boats and their connection to maritime history in the Pacific Northwest. 

Managing Director of the VMM (Vancouver Maritime Museum), Nicola Clur shared her excitement about the event: “The event is a wonderful way for people to come together at one of Vancouver’s most scenic locations.  It was a lovely evening of festive cheer and community spirit.” 

Local school choirs consisting of Trafalgar Elementary, Hudson Elementary, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary, False Creek Elementary, Laura Secord Elementary, Beaconsfield Elementary, Maple Grove Elementary, Mount Pleasant Elementary participated in the singing, and False Creek Ferries ran an extended ferry service from Granville Island & Aquatic Centre to the Heritage Harbour to allow people to visit the Harbour lights. As well as dazzling spectatora with one of their boat ballets.