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A Take-off Friday of Epic Proportions

By now, you’ve probably heard about Take-off Fridays at YVR, our weekly summer party that has become popular with travellers and the community alike. Every Friday throughout the summer we’ve hosted an airport party from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring DJ’s, live performances, face-painters, balloon artists, free samples and more.

This upcoming Friday, August 17, will be one of the most exciting Take-off Fridays to date! In addition to our jam-packed activities and exciting performances, we’re hosting Vancouver Aquarium and their AquaVan community program. Join Vancouver Aquarium at The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe, in the International Terminal, Level 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for some hands-on learning featuring live animals, props and activities.

If you or your kids love big trucks, getting up close and personal with equipment, and firefighters – then you don’t want to miss our Emergency Response Demonstration in the Observation Area, Domestic Terminal, Level 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Members of YVR’s Emergency Response Team will talk  about what they do, the equipment they use and the trucks they drive, while our Emergency Response Vehicles perform a demonstration on the tarmac outside.

At 12:30 p.m., hotdog glory is on the line. Six pre-selected competitors will line up at The Haida Gwaii, The Spirit of the Jade Canoe, to eat as many Japadog hotdogs they can in 10 minutes. The winner will receive $250 YVR bucks and a $50 Japadog gift certificate, as well as the satisfaction of being a Japadog Hotdog Eating champion.

We’ve also got an opportunity for you to bring out your inner-thespian. Bard on the Beach has a photo-cut out display set up during Take-off Friday for you to take pictures with. Send your photo to and you’ll be entered to win Bard on the Beach tickets – it’s as simple as that! Friday, August 17th is your last opportunity to enter and the winners will be announced Tuesday, August 21.

In addition (as if you needed more reasons to come out on Friday?!), Take-Off Friday offers $10 lunch specials and $5 parking available for four hours during the event. Get all the details about Take-off Friday on our website.

We’ll see you Friday for what will be one fun and memorable Take-off Friday!


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