Granville Island’s ever-popular Canada Day celebrations are in full effect this year, with lots to pique to interest of music lovers, foodies, and merrymakers alike.
There are a ton of activities going on all day, and you can get more information at granvilleisland.com.
There will be tons of festival food, activities and performers for families and attendees to take part in. Keep your eyes open for the multitude of things happening all over Granville Island. Here are just a few:
Kids Market will be hosting a variety of activities, from the Little Paws Agility Show, to toy demonstrations and face painting. It’s all free, and the full list of activities can be found at www.kidsmarket.ca.
The Maple Mural will be on site at the Federation Gallery (1241 Cartwright Street), and visitors are encouraged to come decorate their maple leaf and take a selfie with the mural for a chance to win a prize.
Arts Umbrella will be creating flags from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., letting visitors show their pride their way. With a free booth located to the west of the Arts Umbrella store front, the paint and flags will be flying.
Time: noon to 9:30 p.m.
Locations: The Public Market, The Railspur District, Performance Works
On top of being Canada Day, July 1 marks the end of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and Granville Island is reaping the benefits.
A full day of music start at noon and goes until 9:30 p.m., featuring four free stages with internationally renowned musicians like the Kate Hammett-Vaughn Quintet, Company B Jazz Band and Tambura Rasa.
Check out the Coastal Jazz website for a full list of the day’s performers.
Granville Island Canada Day Parade
Time: 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Location: Beginning at Ocean Construction, ending at Ron Basford Park
Follow a cavalcade of cacophonous Canadian carousing across Granville Island all the way to Ron Basford Park. A trail of whimsical community and arts related floats will lead celebrants from one merrymaking event to the other, all the way to the official Canada Day Ceremony.
Canada Day Ceremony
Time: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Ron Basford Park
The Shannon Scott Band will be on hand to sing the strains of the national anthem, while the Government of Canada will get the festivities officially underway, and Dockside Restaurant distributes free Canada Day cake to all.
Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: East of Emily Carr University
The MELA! Festival will get take over the eastern side of Granville Island all day, will a variety of South Asian cultural displays, food, fashions, and fun.
The full list of events and performers for MELA! can be found at www.melafestivals.com.
Time: noon to 5 p.m.
Location: Picnic Pavilion
The Family Pavilion will feature multicultural performance from Chinese Lion Dancers, Latincouver’s Samba and Bloco Energia groups, and Alex Wells, a Hoop Dancer from the Lil’Wat Nation.
Getting around on Canada Day can be a bit of a challenge, so consider a couple travel tips from the people at Granville Island:
Ocean Construction will be offering free Bicycle Valets from their location at 1415 Johnston Street, ferrying visitors to-and-from the various events on the island.