Happy Canada Day! It’s time to celebrate and wear your red and white with pride. There are huge parades, parties, fireworks, and celebrations in just about every city across Metro Vancouver and we’ve rounded up all the places you and your family can celebrate this year. Check out what’s happening in your neighbourhood or take a trip and see new sights. Don’t forget your flags and your best ‘O Canada’ singing voice! Did we miss a celebration? Let us know by leaving a comment below or dropping us a line.
Abbotsford | Burnaby | Chilliwack | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | Mission | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Coquitlam | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock
Abbotsford City Celebration
Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 10 pm, Abbotsford Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Dr, Abbotsford
Watch the parade as it cruises down South Fraser Way to Abbotsford Exhibition Park, then spend the day enjoying the food, play zones, entertainment, community booths, hayrides, fireworks celebration, and much, much more.
Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Burnaby Village Museum hosts Burnaby’s Official Canada Day celebrations offering visitors the backdrop of its 1920s village streets, multi-cultural family entertainment including musicians, entertainers, displays & demonstrations. Admission is free. (Carousel rides are $2.65). Be sure to bring your camera and pose for a picture with our 1920s roving characters or with members of the Burnaby RCMP detachment, in their splendid red serge uniforms.
Canada Day Celebration at Edmonds Plaza & Park
Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 4 pm, Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Join us in the free festivities, outdoors in the plaza and park for a fun day of: amazing multicultural entertainment, face painting, cake, children’s activities, youth soccer tournament, musical talent: Stephen Scaccia, Blackthorn, & Rainshadow, plus a loonie swim inside Edmonds Community Centre, 11am-4pm
Canada Day Celebrations at Swangard Stadium
Sunday, July 1st, 5 pm – 10:30 pm, Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
This free, family-friendly concert featuring Said the Whale, DJ Khanvict and The Boom Booms caps off Burnaby’s Canada Day celebrations and includes: games & activities, face painting, family zone exhibitors & sponsor tents, prize draws, & spectacular fireworks
City of Chilliwack Canada Day Celebration
Sunday, July 1st, 8 am – 10:30 pm, Townsend Park, 45130 Wolfe Road, Chilliwack
On Sunday, July 1st, Join thousands of citizens from the City of Chilliwack to celebrate Canada, Our Province, and Our City. Celebrating Canada’s 151st Birthday, we have an amazing entertainment lineup on stage, as well as dozens of community groups, vendors, food trucks and more.
Celebrating Canada’s Birthday in Coquitlam
Sunday, July 1st, 12 pm – 10:30 pm, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Named one of the top 20 festivals in Metro Vancouver by Business in Vancouver, this is a free community festival with live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks.
Chalmers Park Celebration
Sunday, July 1st, 5:30 pm – 10:45 pm, Chalmers Park, 11400 76A Avenue, North Delta
Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council invite you to join our community Canada Day celebrations on July 1! Celebrate with fireworks, BBQ, children’s activities and live music at Chalmers Park in North Delta.
Fort Langley Village Canada Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 3 pm, King Street, Fort Langley
Celebrate Canada Day’s 151st Birthday in the place where British Columbia was born. Fort Langley Village is where you want to be for family fun and entertainment. Several Community Partners have joined together to bring you and arts, heritage and multicultural experience. The celebration on King Street runs from 11 am to 3 pm. We have Shakespeare to Hip Hop and everything imaginable in between. There will be face painters, jugglers, balloon twisters, wheelbarrow races, a First Nations Art Exhibit, Historical Re-enactments, birthday cake, a literary festival, cultural performers and more. Music and Fabulous Entertainment on three stages. Free admission to Old Fort Langley where you can pan for gold, see blacksmith demonstrations and learn about early British Columbia History.
Fort Langley National Historic Site Canada Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
Celebrate Canada’s 151st Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Enjoy multicultural music and dances to witness some of the cultures that helped form the great country Canada is now. Sure to be an exciting day for everyone with face painting, airbrush tattoos, henna, flag raising, cake, and pictures with Parka!
Willoughby Canada Day
Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 6 pm, Willoughby Community Park, 7700 block 202A Street, Langley
Celebrate Canada Day in Willoughby with the Township of Langley! Located at Willoughby Community Park, adjacent to the Langley Events Centre, this free, family-oriented event features live musical performances and entertainment, a spray park, playground, food trucks, and a mini version of the Langley Community Farmers’ Market . A Kids’ Zone will keep youngsters busy with face painting, arts and crafts, mini golf, Pacific Trackless Trains , community vendors, games, and inflatables.
Celebrate Canada Day in Maple Ridge
Sunday, July 1st, 12:30 pm – 6 pm, Memorial Peace Park, 224 Street & McIntosh Avenue, Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge celebrates our national holiday by bringing together thousands of people for a remarkable summer festival and ceremony in downtown Memorial Peace Park. The colour guard party leads a parade into the park at the start of the formal protocol ceremony and awards presentations. Following this, three stages present arts, culture, music and dance, and the park is packed with a variety of fun activities including the Haney Farmers Market, a fire department community barbecue, food and artisans, children’s games, informative community displays and all-ages family activities. A day full of fun ends with the crowd singing Happy Birthday as the festival comes to a close after a sensational celebration.
Mission’s Canada Day Celebration
Sunday, July 1st, 8 am – 9:30 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission
Join Mission for their Canada Day Celebration at Fraser River Heritage Park with Pancake breakfast, singing, dancing, cheerleading, pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles, magicians, dog show, live music, logger show, food trucks, ice cream, birthday cake and much more! Followed by 10 pm fireworks at the Mission Raceway – Free entry after 8.30 pm.
Canda Day Celebration at River Market
Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 10:30 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Join us for an afternoon of activity and watch the fireworks at 10pm. You will have the best seat in the house viewing it all from the boardwalk outside River Market. We have a full day of activities. Live music from 1pm to 11pm, New West Craft Market from 11am to 8pm, Balloon Twisting by the amazing Annie Banannie from 4:30pm to 8pm, Roving Circus Performers, Drop In Board Games 11am to 6pm, Hyack Festival Association Market 12pm to 8pm, Facepainting, Fireworks at 10pm by Hyack Festival Association and so much more
Canada Day 2018
Sunday, July 1st, 11:30 am – 3 pm, Queen’s Park, 3rd Ave, New Westminster
Join us for a day of fun and celebration for the entire family in beautiful Queen’s Park. Enjoy crafts, games, entertainment and tasty snacks along with a splash in the spray park and visit to the petting farm.
New Westminster Multicultural Festival
Sunday, July 1st, 3 pm – 10 pm, Westminster Pier Park, New Westminster
Enjoy the Multicultural Festival as part of your Canada Day celebration in New Westminster. The festival takes place at Pier Park with live entertainment featuring artists and performers from various local ethnic communities. There will also be a festival expo which will feature booths with food, local businesses, and exhibits. Following the festival, there will be live dancing at the park, culminating with the city-sponsored fireworks display at the quay. Come out and bring the whole family to this wonderful and popular event!
Canada Day Fireworks
Sunday, July 1st, 10 pm, New Westminster Quay
This year we have great musical entertainment on the stage, excellent restaurants, a full Hyack Festival’s market with vendors on the upper floor of the River Market from noon to 8 pm, and a wonderful space to just hang out. This is definitely the place you will want to be on Canada Day. The fireworks occur at approximately 10 pm and this year there will be an MC, a full countdown before the Fireworks, and entertainment on stage until 11 pm! Be prepared for a dazzling display of pyrotechnics that will light up the sky over the Fraser River.
Waterfront Park Canada Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 12 pm – 4 pm, Waterfront Park, Block, 200 Esplanade W, North Vancouver
Celebrate Canada Day by having loads of fun and eating amazing food at this free event hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate!
We have much to celebrate this year as it is the Rotary Club of Lions Gate’s 30th year hosting this event in celebration of our beautiful nation’s history and culture! As always, the festivities will take place at Waterfront Park from noon to 4:00 p.m. and will include an array of local performers, displays from our North Shore community members, multicultural food, and free cupcakes kindly distributed by our beloved North Shore dignitaries! With on-site entertainment ranging from balloon artists and a fire juggler to bouncy castles and a 24’ high climbing wall, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family!
North Shore Canada Day Parade
Saturday, July 1st, East 13th Street, Lonsdale Avenue & West 17th Street, North Vancouver
Everyone is ready for a party! The annual North Shore Canada Day Parade is proudly presented by the Royal Canadian Legion. This year’s parade promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Grouse Mountain Celebrates Canada Day
Sunday, July 1st, 9 am – 9 pm, Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Celebrate Canada Day with Grouse Mountain! Wear your red and white, wave the Canadian flag with pride, and enjoy all of the uniquely British Columbian activities the mountain has to offer. Take in the fabulous city view as you ride the Super Skyride, glide through the sky with a Mountain Zipline experience, Paragliding experience or Blackcomb Helicopters Heli-Tour, and take things a little higher by riding the Peak Chair and visiting the Eye of the Wind. Feed your appetite for authentically Canadian fare by indulging in a BeaverTail, classic poutine, or an ice cold Molson Canadian beer while taking in an outdoor concert from the mountaintop plaza beer garden! Experience everything Canadian this Canada Day, here at the Peak of Vancouver!
Celebrate Canada in Pitt Meadows
Sunday, July 1st, 8 am – 2 pm, Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows
Wear red or white and come celebrate Canada Day in Pitt Meadows at Spirit Square with non-stop activities from 8am-2pm. We have another amazing line up this year including the Best in Pitt Meadows Dog Show, watermelon eating competition, musical entertainment, arts & crafts and fun zones for kids, families, adults, seniors and teens.
Lions Park Canada Day
Sunday, July 1st, 8 am – 11 am, Lions Park, 2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam
At Lions Park enjoy a pancake breakfast, annual free fishing derby and prize awards.
Castle Park Canada Day
Saturday, July 1st, 12 pm – dusk, Castle Park, Port Coquitlam
After all the fun at Lions Park in the morning, head to Castle Park for children’s activities, local talent showcase, food vendors, and fireworks!
Golden Spike Days Festival
Friday, June 29th – Monday, July 2nd, Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC and are proud to have been named to The Tri-City News’ A-List as ‘Favorite Community Event,’ multiple years running. The festival is held at Rocky Point Park around Canada Day, attracting upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages. Our event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the LAST SPIKE was driven.
Steveston Canada Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 8:30 am – 10:30 pm, Steveston Village, Richmond
Richmond Canada Day returns with a full-day street party in Steveston Village to celebrate the anniversary of confederation. Held alongside our friends at the Steveston Salmon Festival, Richmond Canada Day will feature eight stages with over 50 performances, a street market, artisan village, food trucks, street hockey, and a big fireworks finale!
Surrey Canada Day 2018
Sunday, July 1st, 10 am – 11 pm, Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street & 64 Avenue, Surrey
Over 100,000 people celebrate Canada’s birthday in Surrey. Our festival features outstanding headliners Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel, amusement rides, drone racing, food trucks and plenty of interactive activities for all ages. Be sure to stay all night and experience the Fireworks Finale.
Celebrate Canada on Granville Island
Sunday, July 1st, all day, Granville Island, Vancouver
Show your national pride! Join Black Gardenia featuring Daphne Roubini in singing our anthem, hear greetings from the Government of Canada and bring your kids for a piece of Canada Day cake, compliments of the Dockside Restaurant. Don’t miss the parade at 1:30 pm, a Granville Island community tradition: Get ready to cheer! See map for parade route. Starting at Ocean Construction and ending at Ron Basford Park.
Canada Day Celebration + Fireworks at Canada Place
Sunday, July 1st, Canada Place, Vancouver
Canada Day at Canada Place has been western Canada’s premier Canada Day event for over 30 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. This award-winning event, presented by the Port of Vancouver, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside our nation’s capital.
Canada Day Run
Sunday, July 1st, 9:30 am – 12 pm, Wesbrook Village, Vancouver
Get in the spirit of CANADA DAY! Come run the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park at the RUN CANADA DAY 10K/5K and 1K Kids Run and then enjoy post-race refreshments and a Canada Day cake in UBC Wesbrook Village.
Sunset Canada Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 12 pm – 4 pm, Sunset Park, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
Free activities and entertainment, including face painting, music, inflatables, rides, dance performances and so much more!
Britannia’s Canada Day Celebration
Sunday, July 1st, 12:30 pm – 3 pm, Grandview Park, 1657 Charles St, Vancouver
This year’s Canada celebration will be held on Sunday 12:30pm-3pm, July 1st at Grandview Park. The event is co-hosted with Commercial Drive BIA. In addition to the Kara-Kata band, there will be many community booths including VPL, GWFC, CAPC and tons of family friendly entertainment. We are also very excited that many of Britannia’s popular programs such as Salsa, Kungfu, Ki Aikido, Axe Capoeira among others will all be present to showcase their talent on the main stage.
Canada Day at John Lawson Park
Saturday, July 1st, 2 pm – 10:30 pm, John Lawson Park, West Vancouver
Dress up in our national colours and join us at John Lawson Park. Bring your own picnic or enjoy a selection from our food vendors while watching live entertainment! Presented by the Port of Vancouver, Vancouver’s only two-barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza lights up the night sky for a spectacular 20-minute display. One barge floats off the West Vancouver waterfront and the other is in Burrard Inlet between Canada Place and North Vancouver. The pyro-musical show starts at 10:30 p.m. and will be simulcast on Classic Rock 101 FM. The fireworks are best viewed from Dundarave Park.
Canada Day by the Bay
Sunday, July 1st, 10 am – 10 pm, White Rock Beach, White Rock
Join us for the annual Canada Day by the Bay celebration, presented by Amica White Rock, at the White Rock Waterfront and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. This annual event attracts thousands of people and is one not to be missed! Headliners on the Budget Blinds Main Stage are Towers & Trees, Terence Jack and Wooden Horsemen. The headline sponsor is the White Rock BIA. The Main Stage will be located in the Totem Park parking lot this year.
Yo, mamas, looking for more great family-friendly fun this summer? We’ve got you covered:
- 100 (mostly) free summer activities in Metro Vancouver
- Outdoor pools in Metro Vancouver
- Water spray parks in Metro Vancouver
By: Michelle Hughes