With Canada Day fast approaching, it is time to put on our favourite red and white shirts for some wild fun. But if you’re tired of air shows and fireworks and want to look for new ways to celebrate, The Steveston Salmon Festival in Richmond is the place to be.
The festival is happening in conjunction with Richmond Canada Day in Steveston, and it has been an annual event for more than half a century. About 80,000 people attend the event each year.
The day begins at 6:30 am with a pancake breakfast, followed by the kids’ bike parade at 9:30 am and the Canada Day parade at 10 am.
Then, at noon, the festival will officially kick off on the main stage with dignitaries, speeches, and the singing of O Canada.
After the official opening, the stage will come alive with performances from artists like Line 49, Honeymoon Suite and Scotty Hills. There will also be a separate stage for children and youth.
While entertainment and activities run into the early evening hours, we cannot forget about the most important part of the festival — salmon grilling. Over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets will be grilled over open fire pits, priced at only $16 per plate.
Steveston residents have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday, and also the rich heritage of the Steveston community. Originally planned as a sport themed event to fundraise for a new playground in the Steveston Park, it has since become a full day of entertainment, food, and culture learning.
For more information, or to get involved as a volunteer, visit the event’s website.
When: July 1
Time: 6:30 am to 8 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton Street – Richmond
Price: $16 per plate