We can’t believe it, but Canada Day is just around the corner.
And what better way to celebrate your national pride on Sunday, July 1 than to eat and drink to your heart’s content on our beloved country’s birthday?
While there will be awesome parties, parades, and firework displays all around town, loads of restaurants will also stay open to offer some awesome Canada Day food specials and just amazing culinary events in general.
We have put together a list of amazing places to get your Canada Day eats and drinks.
Bring your friends, family, and get into the red-and-white holiday spirit!
A number of food trucks and snack-food vendors will be on site during Canada Day celebration. Items for sale will include flavoured shaved ice, fresh lemonade, mini doughnuts, ice cream, and a variety of ethnic and North American festive-style foods.
When: July 1 from 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park — 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Price: $5 – $15
The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday. The day will begin at 6:30 am with a pancake breakfast, followed by live entertainment and activities. The main attraction will be their famous salmon barbecue, where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
When: July 1 from 6:30 am to 8 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Price: $16 per plate
Join the people at Second Floor Eatery + Bar to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. There will be a DJ, a live band, and a grand patio party. For each pitcher of Molson Canadian purchased, a pound of wings will be brought to you for free.
When: July 1 from 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 808 Bute Street, Vancouver
Price: Free entry; call 604-428-5131 to book your reservation.
Mamie Taylor’s ninth annual Canada Day Ribfest will kick off at 2 pm. The cook-off competition will feature popular chefs from all around town, and you will get to choose the winning chef. But hurry, only 100 judging tickets will be available to the public sold on a first come, first served basis.
When: July 1 at 2 pm
Where: 215 East Georgia, Vancouver
Price: $10 per person; onsite at Mamie Taylor’s on Canada Day.
Celebrate Canada at the peak of Vancouver this year. After you conquer the Grouse Mountain Trail, stop by their Canada Day barbecue or grab a BeaverTail, some classic poutine, or an ice cold beer at their mountaintop plaza beer garden.
When: July 1 from 11:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Grouse Mountain — 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Price: $5 to $15
Dominion Bar + Kitchen will host the first annual Dominion Day, a free Canada Day event on Surrey’s Civic Plaza. There will be taco and cocktail tastings, live music, and a special guest appearance by country music star Aaron Pritchett.
When: July 1 from 2 to 5 pm
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza — 13475 Central Avenue, Surrey
While you shop around Robson Street, what’s better than some free gelato on a hot summer day? D’oro Gelato e Caffè Downtown will give out free samples of their gelato and sorbetto outside Robson Street.
When: July 1, all day
Where: 1494 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
Chef Travis Petersen first brought cannabis-infused dinner to Vancouver on this year’s 4/20 weekend, and he is doing it again for Canada Day long weekend. The event will be held at a private location, with each seating holding up to 10 people. There will be two time slots for brunch and two for dinner.
Lee’s Donuts has been around for over 35 years. The doughnuts are $2 apiece, and for Canada Day, the chefs always create some special Canada Day doughnuts. While we don’t know what creation the chefs have dreamed up this year, creations from previous years have included maple bacon doughnuts and chocolate doughnuts with red and white sprinkles.
When: July 1 from 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Price: $2 each
The Lobster Man sells fresh products including clams, crabs, lobsters, mussels, and oysters, and they also have large cooking pots in-store to cook your lobster and crabs at no extra charge. You should definitely come and celebrate 151 years of this beautiful country here on Granville Island — you can’t get much more Canadian than a lobster boil.
When: July 1 from 10 am to 4 pm (while quantities last)
Where: 1807 Mast Tower Road, Vancouver
Price: TBD ($16 in previous years)
Surrey Canada Day is westrern Canada’s biggest Canada Day celebration. It will be hosted at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with a carnival midway, entertainment, and family activities. There will also be more than 20 food trucks, with options ranging from donairs to bacon sandwiches.
When: July 1 at 10 am
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre — 17728 64th Avenue, Surrey
Price: Free entry
On July 1 and July 2, the restaurant will celebrate Canada Day with a special outdoor barbecue brunch, live music and more. Options will include BBQ chicken, skewers, salmon burgers, and grilled corn. You can also get customized Caesar cocktails, prepared table-side from H2’s Caesar cart.
When: July 1 and July 2 from 11:45 am to 3 pm
Where: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: $39 per adult, $12.50 for children 12 and under, and free for children 5 and under
Grounds For Coffee will be bringing back their much adored maple syrup buns for Canada Day long weekend. You can also enter their contest to win a six-pack for you and your bun buds.
When: June 29 to July 2
Where: 2565 Alma Street, Vancouver