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The top 6 free things you can do in Richmond on Canada Day

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 28, 2017 7:02 am 3,198

Vancouverites, are you ready for the biggest weekend of the year?

This Saturday, July 1, the City of Richmond and Vancouver International Airport are hosting a massive Canada Day party in Steveston Village to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

“There’s no better time to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary than on our nation’s birthday. This year our Canada Day celebrations will be Richmond’s biggest yet with the new street festival, great musical acts, expanded programming for the Steveston Salmon Festival and, of course, fireworks over the Fraser River to cap off the day,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

To help you see why it’s worth visiting Richmond on Canada Day, we’ve compiled a list of the cool things that are happening on the day.

Steveston Salmon Festival

You can enjoy a delicious salmon barbecue at the Steveston Salmon Festival, known as ‘Canada’s biggest little birthday party’. And you’ll get to watch as more than 1,200 pounds of wild salmon fillets are grilled over open fire pits. You’ll also get to hear Canada’s own blues rockers Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues at the festival. And there will be a lot of food trucks, plus a carnival zone with attractions for all ages.

Ship boarding

You’ll be able to see and board historic and notable ships at Steveston’s Riverside Village on Canada Day – for free. At the Imperial Landing and Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site you’ll find majestic tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain, the elegant century-old Adventuress, a Canadian Navy coastal patrol ship and more. Oh, there will be food trucks and plenty of family entertainment there too. Don’t sweat it if you can’t attend on Canada Day because there will be extended free boarding and viewing of the ships until July 2.

Canada Day Parade

Canada Day parade/City of Richmond

The festival kicks off with a Canada Day parade where you can wear your best red and white clothes for the occasion, paint a Canadian flag on your cheek, or drape a large flag over your shoulders to vibe with those marching in the parade.

Free historic activities

Celebrate Richmond’s heritage with free activities at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Imperial Landing, and Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. You also have the option to drop into the Steveston Museum and Steveston Interurban Tram for even more memorable experiences.

Live music

Wintersleep/Image: Norman Wong

This highly-anticipated event is set to feature live music from headliners and Juno winners, Wintersleep on the main stage. You can also expect performances elsewhere in the village on the five additional music stages. Vancouver’s own blues duo Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer and up-and-comer dream-pop band, Youngblood are also lined up to perform. DJ Seko will also be spinning tracks on the day too.


You can head to the the historic Steveston waterfront later in the evening to bring your Canada Day to a magnificent end. Gaze up at the sky as it’s illuminated with a fireworks show presented by Dueck GM.

Richmond Canada Day 2017

When: July 1, 10 am to 10:30 pm
Where: Throughout Steveston Village, Richmond
Price: Free

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