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35 Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver

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Daniel Chai Jun 26, 2017 1:46 am 10,853

O Canada! It’s that time of year again – when we let our hearts swell with pride as we celebrate the True North Strong And Free.

This year, celebrations are even bigger than ever as we honour our nation’s 150th birthday – just look at what’s happening in Ottawa. So on July 1, put on your best bright red t-shirt, paint your face, grab a flag, and head to some of these fantastic Canada Day events happening across Metro Vancouver.

Vancouver

Canada Place

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Canada Day at Canada Place

  • What: This year’s Port of Vancouver Canada Day celebration is gearing up to be the largest event outside the nation’s capital. Highlights include a citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, a Canada 150 parade and multi-community fireworks show, and pancake breakfast on July 2. There will also be live performances by Sam Roberts, Fefe Dobson, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Madeline Merlo, The Matinee, and many more.
  • Where: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding city streets
  • When: July 1 and 2

Canada Day Parade

  • What: Once the Canada Day celebrations are over on July 1, the party continues as the Canada150 Parade hits the streets of downtown the next day.
  • Where: Downtown Vancouver along West Georgia Street from Broughton to Burrard, and along Burrard to West Pender
  • When: July 2 at 5 pm

Canada Day fireworks

  • What: The city’s only two-barge, simultaneous fireworks show is set to light up the night sky in celebration of our nation’s birthday.
  • Where: Coal Harbour and Dundarave in West Vancouver
  • When: July 1 at 10:30 pm

The Ultimate Canada Day & Night Boat Party

  • What: Whether you want to get a perfect tan on the day boat or dance under the stars on the night boat, this is your chance to celebrate Canada Day with a massive boat party, alongside a thousand other Canadians dancing their faces off to sounds of 24 DJs and artists.
  • Where: “Sunny Ways” day boat boards at noon, Fireworks night boat boards at 7 pm
  • When: July 1

O Canada Day on Granville Island

  • What: Head to Granville Island for their annual Canada Day Parade, as well as jazz concerts, live shows, festival food and more.
  • Where: Granville Island
  • When: July 1 from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: Vancouver International Jazz Festival has a variety of live shows to check out on Canada Day, including free concerts on Granville Island and David Lam Park, workshops and shows at the Roundhouse, and more.
  • Where: Venues all over Vancouver
  • When: July 1 from noon to late
  • Cost: Various

Good Company Canada Day Block Party

  • What: The Good Company Canada Day Block Party will feature something for everyone. Spend the day outdoors soaking up the sunshine while listening to live music on the main stage, watching the city’s best skateboarders on the half pipe, or enjoying $2 BBQ and a drink in the beer garden.
  • Where: The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: July 1 from noon to 11 pm. DJs from 8 pm to 2 am
  • Price: $15 early bird/$20 advance – available through MyShowPass

YVR Food Fest’s Canada Day Cookout

  • What: Taking place in Olympic Village, Arrival Agency’s Canada Day Cookout is part of this year’s expanded YVR Food Fest programming, and will offer Vancouver a great gathering place to celebrate Canada 150 on July 1. The musical lineup includes Light Organ Records singer-songwriter Jessicka, Mint Records pop-punk artists Supermoon, dream pop group Jody Glenham and the Dreamers, new wave act Gang Signs, indie pop band Leisure Club, 10-piece afrobeat outfit Camaro 67, and the Common People DJs.
  • Where: Olympic Village – 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: July 1 from 12 to 8 pm
  • Price: Tickets are available for the Canada Day Cookout online, and are priced at $10 to 59 (and include food and beverage tokens).

North Shore

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park

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Canada Day at Waterfront Park

  • What: The 29th annual North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations emphasizes heritage, multiculturalism, environmentalism and fun for the whole family. The free event features live performers, crafts, food trucks, as well as games and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Hosted by The Rotary Club of Lions Gate.
  • Where: Waterfront Park – 325 Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
  • When: July 1 from noon to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

North Vancouver Canada Day Parade

  • What: Hosted by the Celebrate North Shore society, the annual parade features a huge variety of colourful floats from all around the community, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion and Cadet Branches.
  • Where: Starts at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard, goes west on 13th Street to Lonsdale, north on Lonsdale, west on 17th Avenue, and ends at Jones and Mahon Park.
  • When: July 1 at 10 am

Canada Day in Horseshoe Bay

  • What: Join Karen Fowlie and Friends for a special Canada 150 celebrations with a free concert recognizing Canadian Women in Song. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a musical journey beginning with Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Sarah McLachlan as well as tributes to the legendary Leonard Cohen and The Tragically Hip.
  • Where: Horseshoe Bay Park
  • When: July 1 from 7 to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

True North Strong and Free at John Lawson Park

  • What: The festivities start with a citizenship ceremony at 2 pm followed by live entertainment, kids activities and a variety of food vendors. Be sure to stay and enjoy the fireworks show from the beach.
  • Where: John Lawson Park, 17th Street and Bellevue Avenue
  • When: July 1 from 2 to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Squamish

Squamish #Canada150 Day Community Celebrations

  • What: Kick off your Squamish Canada Day with a parade on Cleveland Avenue and flag raising and cake cutting at Stan Clarke Park. Then spend the day enjoying the market and entertainment at Junction Park, followed by fireworks.
  • Where: Downtown Squamish
  • When: July 1 from 10:30 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

Richmond

Steveston Salmon Festival

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Steveston Salmon Festival

  • What: This beloved annual event draws thousands of attendees each year, and features a parade, great food, activities and events for the whole family. The main attraction is the famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
  • Where: Steveston, Richmond
  • When: July 1 from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Cannery Canada Day Carnival

  • What: Take advantage of the free admission to the museum, and learn about the rich history of fishing and canning in the Gulf of Georgia. There will be carnival games, music, and fair food for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Where: 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • When: July 1 from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Burnaby

Canada Day at Edmonds Park

  • What: It’s a fun day of free family activities, face painting, music, arts and crafts, the ever popular bingo, cake, amazing multi-cultural entertainment and more.
  • Where: 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
  • When: July 1 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at the Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Burnaby Village Museum offers visitors the backdrop of its 1920s village streets for multi-cultural family entertainment, heritage games for kids, an official parade, birthday cake and more.
  • Where: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: July 1 from 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at Swangard Stadium with Steven Page

  • What: Featuring performances from Steven Page, Side One, Kokoma and Will Stroet. The evening will end with Burnaby’s Canada Day fireworks display.
  • Where: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • When: July 1 from 5 to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

New Westminster

Canada Day at Queen’s Park

  • What: The overall programming will connect local community with the celebrations taking place across the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Some of the planned activities include arts and heritage workshops, community groups presentations and diverse performances that celebrate the story of Canada.
  • Where: First Street at Third Avenue, New Westminster
  • When: July 1 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Fireworks at Westminster Quay

  • What: The New Westminster Hyack Festival Association presents an evening of stunning fireworks at the New Westminster Quay and over the Fraser River. Bring your camera, your binoculars and of course, your family and friends!
  • Where: 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
  • When: July 1 at 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

Surrey

Crowd/Surrey Canada Day

Canada Day at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

  • What: The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will have a cavalcade of Canada Day activities, including Strawberry Tea, Kids World, live performances by Hedley, Chilliwack and Magic!, and more. The event wraps up with a massive fireworks display at dusk.
  • Where: 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
  • When: July 1 from 10 am to 11 pm
  • Cost: Free

White Rock

Canada Day by the Bay

  • What: Highlights include the RE/MAX Sea Stage located beside the White Rock Museum & Archives, the Halfmoon Dentistry Kids Zone at East Beach, over 80 vendors selling a wide variety of handcrafted items, and a fireworks finale.
  • Where: White Rock Beach
  • When: July 1 from 10 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

Delta

Diefenbaker Park

  • What: Features hot dogs and drinks, birthday cake, live entertainment, face painting, and an official ceremony and cake cutting at 1 pm. Brought to you by the Tsawwassen Lions Club.
  • Where: 5579 1 Avenue, Tsawwassen
  • When: July 1 from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Kirkland House

  • What: Features live music, children’s rides and games, family picnic, and a performance by the Delta Police Pipe Band. Brought to you by Kirkland House Foundation.
  • Where: 4140 Arthur Drive, Ladner
  • When: July 1 from 12:30 to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Chalmers Park

  • What: Features fireworks, children’s activities, BBQ and food vendors, live music and an official ceremony. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Where: 11400 76A Avenue, North Delta
  • When: July 1 from 5:30 to 10:45 pm
  • Cost: Free

Tri-Cities

Town Centre Park

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Canada Day at Lions Park

  • What: Start your day with a hot stack of pancakes at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. After breakfast, kids 10 and under can take part in the Annual Fishing Derby, casting a line in the Coquitlam River for fun and prizes.
  • Where: Shaughnessy Street at Lions Park, Port Coquitlam
  • When: July 1 from 8 to 11:30 am
  • Cost: Free

Castle Park Celebrations

  • What: The event features children’s activities, local talent showcase, food vendors and salmon BBQ, community marketplace music by Jordan Klassen and more. Then grab a blanket and top the day off with fireworks at dusk.
  • Where: Castle Crescent at Citadel Drive, Port Coquitlam
  • When: July 1 from noon to dusk
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at Town Centre Park

  • What: Features live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks.
  • Where: 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: July 1 from noon to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at Rocky Point Park

  • What: Spend the day at beautiful Rocky Point Park and Port Moody’s Canada 150 Zone. Attend the patriotic ceremony at 1 pm on July 1, and pick up a cupcake. A concert by Trooper keeps the party going into the evening, with a fireworks display to cap everything off.
  • Where: 2800 Block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • When: July 1 from 11:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Canada Day at Spirit Square

  • What: The annual festival begins with the popular Lions Club pancake breakfast and activities continue throughout the day. Join the fun with family oriented activities, live music, a Kids Run, interactive displays, a bicycle rodeo, arts and crafts and popular  watermelon eating contest. The official Canada Day ceremony begins at 11 am with a protocol event and a cake cutting ceremony.
  • Where: 11985 Harris Rd, Pitt Meadows
  • When: July 1 from 8 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free

My Canada, My Maple Ridge

  • What: There will be three stages presenting arts, culture, music and dance. There will also be a Farmer’s Market, a fire department community barbecue, children’s games, informative community displays and family friendly recreation activities. Then join in the finale with Canadian music and the biggest birthday sing-along.
  • Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224 Street & McIntosh Avenue, Maple Ridge
  • When: July 1 from 10 am to 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Langley

Fort Langley National Historic Site

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Canada Day at Fort Langley

  • What: Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Enjoy multicultural music, cake and ceremony at noon and family activities all day on site and at the neighbouring museums. Then in the evening, Fort Langley National Historic Site will host a free concert featuring M’Girl followed by an outdoor movie on a giant screen at dusk.
  • Where: 9135 King St, Fort Langley
  • When: July 1 from 11 am to dusk
  • Cost: Free

Langley Canada Day JRBQ

  • What: Enjoy a wide variety of activities, community vendors, live entertainment on two stages, food trucks, and a BBQ to benefit Basics for Babies. Bring your family to the action-packed Kids’ Zone that features face painting, mini golf, Pacific Trackless Trains, arts & crafts, inflatables, games, and more.
  • Where: Willoughby Community Park – 7700 block 202A Street, Langley
  • When: July 1 from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Abbotsford

Abbotsford’s Canada Day Parade and Festivities

  • What: A birthday this big deserves a whole weekend celebration. See amazing local talent on June 30, featuring Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, Valley Festival Singers, Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy, and more. Then enjoy a Canada Day Parade and fireworks on July 1.
  • Where: Abbotsford Exhibition Park – 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
  • When: June 30 from 6 to 9 pm, July 1 from 11 am to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Chilliwack

City of Chilliwack Canada Day 150 Celebrations

  • What: Start your Canada Day off with the Kiwanis Club Annual Pancake Breakfast at Evergreen Hall (9291 Corbould St.) at 8 am. Then enjoy a full day of family-friendly activities at Townsend Park, followed by musical performances and fireworks in the evening.
  • Where: Townsend Park – 45130 Wolfe Road, Chilliwack
  • When:  July 1 from 11 am to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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