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Canada Day events: Vancouver, Coast and Mountains & Vancouver Island

Travelling in BC this long weekend July 1-3rd? Staying close to home? No

matter what corner of the province you find yourself in on Friday,

there are lots of opportunities to celebrate Canada's 144th birthday!

Here are some of our insider tips for fun events:

  

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

 

Abbotsford

Start

the day off with a pancake breakfast at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park,

then check out the parade through downtown. Festivities continue all

day at the Exhibition Park, including live music from Charlotte Diamond

and others. 8am-10pm.

 

Gibsons

Be at Winegarden Park from 12-6pm for live music, and food. Also check out paddling demonstrations by the Gibsons Paddle Club.

Langley

Free

concerts, mini golf, bike demos, a craft fair, a food fair, vendors,

magicians, face painting, and fireworks! 11am-11pm, McLeod Park.

 

Mission

Head

to Fraser River Heritage Park for a pancake breakfast, Superdawgs

performance, extreme biking, gladiator jousting, loggers and fireworks!

8am-11pm.

 

North Vancouver

The

parade starts at 10am at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard and proceeds

down 13th Street to Lonsdale, turning north on Lonsdale. Then head to

Waterfront Park from 12-4pm for live performances, with everything from

bagpiping to juggling to martial arts.

 

Pemberton

Parade and family events at Pemberton Cottonwood Community Centre. More info

 

Powell River

Open

Air Market 10:30-2:30 for live music and farmers' market, then on to

Willingdon Beach from 4-10pm with cake and a bonfire on the beach.

 

Richmond

Steveston

Village in Richmond closes the streets and and festivities abound near

the Steveston Community Centre, including the famous salmon BBQ and

Japanese martial arts, bonsai, and ikebana demonstrations. 10am-5pm.

 

Sechelt

Lions

Club Pancake Breakfast - 8-11am. Bicycle decorating contest to be ready

for the big parade at 11. Live entertainment, kids games, bike clinics

and craft festival in Hackett Park and on Cowrie Street.

 

Surrey

Western

Canada's largest Canada Day celebration includes live entertainment,

fireworks and a kid zone. All concerts are free, and there are

attractions and rides. More info

 

Vancouver

Art,

entertainment and activities at the Waterfront Party from 10 am - 6 pm,

featuring over 30 bands on five stages. The Canada Day Parade is at 7

pm followed by the Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks at 10:30 pm. More info

Whistler

Starting

at 8am in the village with yoga, pancake breakfast, parade,

entertainment, live music and fireworks! Events continue all weekend and

into July 4, to celebrate our American friends' Independence Day. More info

  

Vancouver Island

 

Cowichan Lake

Annual

Canada Day Multicultural Storytelling Festival: multicultural music,

theatre, dancing, storytelling, artists in dialogue, arts, crafts and

foods. Face painting, childrens' crafts, games, and local folklore. More info

Duncan

Live

entertainment, crafts, face painting and ol' time sports day. Island

Savings and Peter Baljet provide the admission and train rides. More info

 

Gulf Islands

Fireworks, car show and music on Saltspring Island. BBQ, music, vendors, kids games and beer garden on Saturna Island.

 

Ladysmith

Family activities and fun, sun and music at Transfer Beach. More info

 

Nanaimo

Roving entertainment, cultural food, farmer's market, parade and more. 11am-3pm, Maffeo Sutton Park.

 

Parksville

Canada Day parade, kite flying demonstration, go karts, live music and vendors from 10am-11pm.

 

Port Hardy

Parade, craft booths, live music, food and more at at Storey's Beach. More info

 

Tofino/Ucluelet

Face painting, music, arts and crafts. 12-3pm at the Village Greens in both communities.

 

Victoria

Victoria

Celebrates Canada Day 2011 will include family-frienddly events, music

performances, fireworks, and 'A Flavour of Canada' July 1-3, 2011, at

Victoria's Inner Harbour! More info

  

Are there any big Canada Day events going on in your BC community that we missed? Feel free to post a comment!

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Taken on December 5, 2006