July 1, 2014 9:22 am
Updated: July 1, 2014 11:01 am

Canada Day 2014 in B.C.: What is open, closed and what to do?

Canada Day flags.

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – It’s Canada’s 147th birthday and while there are many events going on to celebrate, there are some closures to be aware of today.

Closed:

  • Banks
  • Libraries
  • Government offices
  • B.C. liquor stores
  • Post offices

Open:

  • Malls
  • Tourist attractions
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Transit systems (running on holiday schedule)
  • Parks
  • Community centres, fitness centres, pools and golf courses may be operating under reduced hours (check before you go)

There are many Canada Day celebrations around the province today. In Vancouver the main celebration takes place at Canada Place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and thousands of people are expected to come out for the event.

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Global News

Global BC will be broadcasting live from Jack Poole Plaza at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. You can also come down and meet some of your favourite Global BC and BC1 personalities throughout the day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Sixty people will also be sworn in as new Canadian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony at 11 a.m.

Canada Day Parade

The Canada Day parade will begin at 7 p.m. at West Georgia and Broughton streets and will travel east to Burrard, ending at Burrard and Pender streets. The parade will last around 1.5 hours. Police will be controlling intersections and cross streets will be reopened once clean-up crews have moved through the parade route.

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Canada Day Fireworks

The 2014 Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, will begin at 10:30 p.m. The simultaneous pyrotechnical display will be based off two barges, one in the Burrard Inlet near Canada Place and the other in Dundarave in West Vancouver.

The barge in Burrard Inlet has moved slightly northwest for the first time this year.

Viewing locations include:

  • Harbour Green Park
  • Coal Harbour
  • Stanley Park (Vancouver Rowing Club to the 9 o’clock gun)
  • Along the seawall in between Ambleside and Dundarave, West Vancouver
  • Lower Lonsdale area, North Vancouver

The fireworks cannot be seen from English Bay or Spanish Banks.

Some other events around the province:

Langley – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Willoughby Community Park. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Abbotsford is hosting a Canada Day Beach Party at Exhibition Park, with a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

The City of Burnaby is hosting a free Canada Day concert with Spirit of the West, Dear Rouge and Dustin Bentall and the Smokes. Fireworks to follow.

Fort Langley is hosting a free Canada Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting with a citizenship ceremony at 10 a.m.

In Chilliwack, Canada Day celebrations run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., starting with a pancake breakfast.

In Coquitlam, Canada Day celebrations has changed its location within Town Centre Park. Fireworks will still be at Lafarge Lake at 10 p.m.

North Vancouver’s celebrations start at 12 p.m.and run until 4 p.m.

Port Moody’s recreation facilities are closed, but the Golden Spike Festival is taking place from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Surrey will host Canada Day celebrations at the Bill Reid Amphitheatre. This year’s activities include musical entertainment by Canadian artists, a children’s play area, family activities for all ages, and a fireworks display.

Prince George is celebrating at Goodsir Nature Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The City of Kamloops is hosting a full day of events, ending with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Do you know of any other events? Feel free to leave the details in the comments!

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