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
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.
Be at Winegarden Park from 12-6pm for live music, and food. Also check out paddling demonstrations by the Gibsons Paddle Club.
concerts, mini golf, bike demos, a craft fair, a food fair, vendors,
magicians, face painting, and fireworks! 11am-11pm, McLeod Park.
to Fraser River Heritage Park for a pancake breakfast, Superdawgs
performance, extreme biking, gladiator jousting, loggers and fireworks!
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.
Parade and family events at Pemberton Cottonwood Community Centre. More info
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
entertainment, crafts, face painting and ol' time sports day. Island
Savings and Peter Baljet provide the admission and train rides. More info
Fireworks, car show and music on Saltspring Island. BBQ, music, vendors, kids games and beer garden on Saturna Island.
Family activities and fun, sun and music at Transfer Beach. More info
Roving entertainment, cultural food, farmer's market, parade and more. 11am-3pm, Maffeo Sutton Park.
Canada Day parade, kite flying demonstration, go karts, live music and vendors from 10am-11pm.
Parade, craft booths, live music, food and more at at Storey's Beach. More info
Face painting, music, arts and crafts. 12-3pm at the Village Greens in both communities.
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!