Looking for something to do for Canada Day? Here are a handful of things that are happening in the Lower Mainland and around cities around B.C. to celebrate our nation’s 149th birthday.
Canada Day at Canada Place – Vancouver’s premier event for 29 years, bringing communities together to share our special bond of living in one of the greatest countries in the world and celebrating our freedom, values and diversity. Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding area. Starts at 10 a.m.
Canada Day Parade – Free community parade that features more than 50 dynamic entries. The parade starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton Streets, runs eastbound along Georgia, proceeding north down Burrard Street and ending at West Pender at 7 p.m.
Canada Day Fireworks – The two fireworks barges are located in Coal Harbour and Dundarave in West Vancouver. Best viewing locations include: Fireworks Viewing Zone at Canada Place; Harbour Green Park; Coal Harbour; Stanley Park (9 o’clock gun); Crab Park at 10:30 p.m.
Canada Day on Granville Island – Granville Island is bursting at the seams with culturally diverse national pride. Around every corner you’ll find entertainment, artwork and food.
Bandcouver in the DTES – The Free Festival for the downtown eastside that is featuring music from RedSoulBluez at 1 p.m., The Mike Van Eyes band at 2 p.m. and Rachel L Davis with The Banned at 3 p.m. North foot of Main Street in Vancouver from 1 to 4 p.m.
WATCH: Jennifer Palma spent the day taking in the Canada Day party and talking to locals about what Canada means to them
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Canada Day Celebration at Edmonds Plaza & Park – A fun day of free family activities, face painting, music, arts and crafts, bingo, cake, entertainment and more. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The park is located behind the community centre at 7433 Edmonds St., Burnaby.
Canada Day Celebration at Swangard Stadium – Celebrate the spirit of Canada Day with a free concert and fireworks display. The event marks Canada’s 149th birthday and highlights include: top-notch entertainment (headlined by Canadian rockers The Trews and joining them will be country/pop singer, Madeline Merlo along with Vancouver reggae band Purple Soul), activities and exhibitors for the whole family and spectacular fireworks for the grand finale. 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Swangard Stadium 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby.
Canada Day in Queen’s Park – A day of free celebrations for the entire family with performances, entertainment, interactive community display booths and more at Queen’s Park Bandshell in New Westminster from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Delta Canada Day Celebration – A full day of free activities for the whole family to enjoy starting from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Activities include free crafts, games, live music and fireworks at 10 p.m. at Chalmers Park 11400 76A Avenue.
Surrey Canada Day – This free event is one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in Western Canada and will have musical performances (headliner Tom Cochrane with Red Rider), food, rides, games and a fireworks display. Activities are for all ages. Held at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at 176th and 64th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Canada Day by the Bay – White Rock’s Annual Canada Day by the Bay celebration spans the waterfront from West beach to East beach with a variety of fun, free, family-friendly activities that run from morning to night.
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Port Moody Canada Day – Join the Port Moody’s mayor and council for a ceremony following the Golden Spike Days. Council will be serving up refreshments and along with the official ceremony will be entertainment at the PCT Performance Stage at Rocky Point Park.
Canada Day Celebration & Coquitlam’s 125 Anniversary – A free community festival with live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks. As part of the Coquitlam’s 125 anniversary celebrations, this year’s event will recognize the City’s past, present and future with a new site configuration and special activities at Town Centre Park, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Port Coquitlam Canada Day – Celebrate Canada Day at two locations starting at Lions Park with a pancake breakfast (8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) and fishing derby, then go to Castle Park for cake, entertainment, food, displays, kids’ activities, the popular annual fi refi ghters’ salmon barbecue, and fireworks.
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Canada Day Celebration – Begin your day with a visit to the Haney Farmers Market and BIA Summer Market. Maple Ridge Museum and Archives Society will join in the celebrations. See the Youth Services skateboard demonstration in the park and floor hockey in the Greg Moore Youth Centre. The official flag-raising and awards will begin at 12:30 pm. Entertainment, singing, dancing, activities, food and fun will continue throughout the day at Maple Ridge Memorial Peace Park, 11900 224th St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Langley Canada Day Celebration – Live music, Kids Zone, BBQ and food trucks await at this family-friendly summer event taking place at Willoughby Community Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chilliwack Canada Day – Family fun in Chilliwack starting with a pancake breakfast and lots of activities for all ages with bouncy castles for the kids, food, a senior zone and they have their own Symphony of Fire from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Canada Day in Whistler – Celebrate with free concerts, crafts, a parade through the Village Stroll and cake.
Prince George Canada Day Celebration – Join in for music, craft fair, international food fair and fireworks.
Kamloops Canada Day Celebration – A ton of family-friendly activities including a pancake breakfast, art in the park and fireworks.
Fort St. John Canada Day Celebration – Come by and check out the parade, classic car show and fireworks.
Masset Canada Day Celebration – Port Clements celebrates Canada’s birthday in a big way. A parade, a ball tournament, mud bog events, concessions and games.
Port Hardy Canada Day Celebration – An official day of national pride, celebrated in the communities. Events throughout the day include a parade, crafters, field games, pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch and dinner.
Nelson Canada Day Celebration – A tremendous family-oriented celebration of our greater community, with thousands of people attending from all over the region. One of the highlights each year is the serving of their Canada Day birthday cake, followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.
Penticton Canada Day Celebration – The celebration will feature non-stop entertainment for the whole family including live music, food vendors, bouncy castles and of course fireworks at dusk.