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Our Canada Day listings around the Lower Mainland are brought to you by Canada Day at Granville Island, the place to celebrate Canada Day this July 1st!

Our true north, strong and free, is 147 years young on July 1st! Pull out your flags and Canada shirts, and join your community in celebration. There are parades, parties and events in every city across the Lower Mainland. We’ve listed them all here for you, and if you scroll to the bottom of this page, you’ll see a slew of the fireworks displays so you can cap your day off with a bang!

Granville Island Canada DayO Canada Day! On Granville Island
9 am – 10:30 pm, Granville Island, Vancouver
Get your flags and Canada gear ready, it’s time to celebrate! Come to Granville Island for the whole day to enjoy family-friendly entertainment. You can sit back and relax – take in some live jazz, watch the parade pass by, or indulge in some delicious food. You can also join in on bike decorating, yarn dyeing workshops, a splash in the water park, and a disco party. July also marks the 35th Anniversary of Granville Island as a vibrant public space that has become an international icon of Vancouver’s artistic and cultural scene. What better place to celebrate our favourite country than one of our favourite places?! granvilleisland.com{sponsored}

Canada Day Run & Celebration 
9:30 am – 2 pm, Wesbrook Village, UBC, Vancouver, Cost: free
Join the 10K, 5K or Kids’ Run through Pacific Spirit Park. Then continue the celebration at Wesbrook Village. Check out free zumba, yoga and other fitness classes; munch on some hot dogs; get your face paint on; and have fun on the bouncy castle and the play area. There will be live music and other fun for the whole family.

North Shore Canada Day Parade
10 am, East 13th Street, Lonsdale Avenue and West 17th Street, North Vancouver
Find your spot on the roadside, and follow the annual parade of all things Canada. There will be bands, community organizations, dancers, members of the RCMP and the Legion, and many others. Come to Mahon Park after the parade if you want to take a closer look at some of the floats.

Canada Day at Canada Place
10 am – 6 pm, Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, Cost: free
Where else would you celebrate Canada Day? Come over for hours of family fun! Watch the lumberjack show, play street hockey or soccer, try yoga, and sit down to enjoy live music, magic shows, dance, and other entertainment. Pick up your lunch (and dinner) from one of the food carts, and check out the marketplace. Don’t miss the citizenship ceremony welcoming new Canadians!

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations
Noon – 4 pm, Waterfront Park, 200 block West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Grab your hat, put on some sunscreen, and spend a fun afternoon in the park. There’s fun for the whole family, including entertainment, bouncy castles, a climbing wall, roving entertainers, mini-golf, a craft fair, and lots more.

Canada Day at Sunset
Noon – 4 pm, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver, Cost: free
Come to Sunset for an afternoon of family fun. There will be a petting zoo, a bouncy castle, face painting, food trucks, live music, and cupcakes for everyone!

Canada Day in Victoria Park
12:30 pm – 3 pm, Victoria Park, 1425 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Join East Vancouver’s own Canada Day celebration, with kids’ activities (including an inflatable slide), live entertainment, BBQ and a huge cake!

Red & White Picnic
4:30 pm – 10:30 pm, John Lawson Park, Argyle Avenue & 17th Street, West Vancouver
Wear all things red and white, and join the whole community for a picnic at the waterfront. Bring your own picnic, or check out the selection from a variety of food vendors. Spread your blanket on the grass, hang out, and enjoy live music while you eat your dinner.

Canada Day Parade, Downtown Vancouver
7 pm, Downtown Vancouver, starts from West Georgia Street & Broughton Street, Vancouver
Come early to find your spot on the sidewalk, and check out the annual parade celebrating our true North. Watch as the bands, dancers, members of the RCMP, various community organizations, and others go marching by.

Farther Afield:

Ships to Shore Steveston 2014
Sunday, June 19th – Monday, June 30th, 11 am – 6 pm & Tuesday, July 1st, Noon – 6 pm, Imperial Landing and Britannia Shipyards, along Steveston boardwalk, Richmond, Cost: free
Many great ships are making a port call in Steveston. Come and admire the beautiful vessels, and take a tour aboard. Beware of the roaming pirates!

Langley Canada Day
Monday, June 30th, 3 pm – 10 pm & Tuesday, July 1st, 11 am – 10 pm, Willoughby Community Park, 200th Street & 78B Avenue, Langley
Come to the night market on Monday night, and enjoy great food and live music while you browse the booths. Come back for a full day of family fun on Tuesday, with rides, games, live music and other entertainment, and lots of chances to play. Finish the day off with fireworks.

Pitt Meadows Canada Day
8 am – 3 pm, Spirit Square, 12007 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Get up early, and head over for a pancake breakfast. Join the 8K charity run (or the shorter Kids Run), then continue the festivities at the square. Enjoy live music and displays, check out the watermelon eating contest, and stop by the photo booth to get a memory from the day. Have a piece of birthday cake to celebrate.

Chilliwack Canada Day
8 am – 5 pm, various locations, Chilliwack
Chilliwack’s Canada Day means everything from a pancake breakfast and bouncy castles to free swims and skates. Check the website for times and locations for various activities.

Port Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
8 am – 11:30 am, Lions Park, 2300 Lions Way & Noon – dusk, Castle Park, Castle Crescent & Citadel Drive, Port Coquitlam
Come to Lions Park to start your day with a pancake breakfast. Join the fishing derby if you’re 10 years old or under! Then make your way to Castle Park for an afternoon of family fun, with an international bazaar, salmon BBQ, kids’ activities and lots of local talents on stage.

Steveston Salmon Festival
8:30 am – 5 pm, Steveston Park, Richmond
One of the largest Canada Day celebrations in Lower Mainland, Steveston’s Salmon Festival welcomes thousands of people every year. Come early for a pancake breakfast, and see the citizenship ceremony before the parade starts. Then spend the day in the park, celebrating with the community. There will be music and other entertainment, community booths, face painting, carnival games, a salmon BBQ, and lots of fun for the whole family.

Canada Day in Delta
9 am – 10 pm, various locations, Delta
Various venues around Delta are hosting Canada Day celebrations. Start off with a pancake breakfast, live music and kids’ activities at Delta Museum, then head over to Diefenbaker Park for the official ceremony. Chalmers Park is full of activity in the afternoon, with games and other fun activities for the kids, BBQ for everyone, live music, and the fireworks to end the night.

Canada Day in Whistler
9 am – 10 pm, various locations around Whistler Village, Whistler
Start the celebrations with a pancake breakfast. Enjoy a day of entertainment on the streets, arts activities, and lots of fun things to do. Follow the parade from Town Plaza at noon, and join the official ceremonies at Village Square. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will play a concert at Olympic Plaza in the afternoon, and the evening will end with fireworks.

Maple Ridge Canada Day
10 am – 3 pm, Memorial Peace Park, 11900 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Dress in red and white, and get together with the whole community to celebrate. Enjoy music and dance on stage, and fun activities in the park. If you’re not able to come, you can watch the ceremonies live from your home! Check the website for details.

Canada Day at Kirkland House
10 am – 4 pm, Kirkland House, 4140 Arthur Drive, Delta
Come over for some old-fashioned fun! Check out the antique tractors and other old wheels; listen to the Delta Police Pipe Band; and check out spinning and weaving demonstrations. There will be games, races, rides and good food.

Maple Leaf Military Show
10 am – 4:30 pm, Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
Come over for a day honouring the Canadian military. See the marching bands and military displays. Learn what life was like in the trenches during WW1. Some of the displays are open also during the weekend before Canada Day; check the website for details.

Canada Day in Fort Langley National Historic Site
10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, Cost: free
Celebrate Canada’s birthday in the place where British Columbia was born! Tour the fort and learn about the days of the traders, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

Fort Langley Canada Day
Various times and locations, Fort Langley
Besides the Fort itself, many other locations around Fort Langley are celebrating on Canada Day. Come and check out the BC Farm Museum, the Langley Centennial Museum, the Langley Heritage Society, and other locations around town. You’ll find wagon rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, games and entertainment. You’ll be busy for the whole day!

Bear Creek Train’s Canada Day
10 am – 8 pm, Bear Creek Train, Bear Creek Park, 13755 88th Avenue, Surrey, Cost: train rides $6
Take a ride aboard the miniature train, accompanied by Canadian tunes. The train goes through a Canada-themed tunnel. Stay in the park after the ride for a game of mini golf or some Canadian crafts.

Mission Canada Day
10 am – 10 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission
If you’re thinking of doing a day trip on Canada Day, Mission is a perfect destination. The day is full of family fun, with dog shows, music, hay wagon rides, potato sack races, pony rides, bouncy castles, logger shows, and much more fun for everyone.

Surrey Canada Day
10 am – 10:30 pm, Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th Street & 64th Avenue, Surrey
The live music will play the whole day in Cloverdale, with a great line-up of Canadian talent on stage. Kids will enjoy the amusement rides, interactive games, and bouncy castles, and the whole family will be well fed with the great food that’s available. Bring a sweater for the evening, and stay for the fireworks.

Canada Day by the Bay
10 am – 10:30 pm, West Beach & East Beach, White Rock
Spend the day on the beach! Enjoy live entertainment at West Beach, or head over to East Beach for kids’ activities, including bouncy castles and a sandcastle competition.

Canada Day Celebration in Edmonds Park
11 am – 2:30 pm, Edmonds Park, 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby, Cost: free
Celebrate Canada in the park. Grab a piece of Canada’s birthday cake, then play carnival games and enjoy multicultural entertainment. Do you want to be part of a Canada Day flash mob? Check the website for more information.

It’s a Party!
11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, Cost: free admission
Get ready for some old-fashioned fun. Spend the day in the village, and enjoy the parade, entertainment, and a cupcake to celebrate. Take a picture with a Mountie, check out sword fighting demos, and play some traditional games.

Canada Day Beach Party
11 am – 10 pm, Abbotsford Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
Leave the house early to get a good spot for the parade! Check the website for the parade route. Then head over to Exhibition Park for an afternoon and evening of beach-y fun. Enjoy live music throughout the day, including a 100-member marching band from University of Washington. Play beach volleyball, check out the craft market and community booths, and have fun!

Another All Day Canada Day
11:30 am – 3:30 pm, Queen’s Park, 1st Street & 3rd Avenue, New Westminster
Come to Queen’s Park for a fun day of celebrations. There will be family entertainment and fun activities for everyone.

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
Noon – 9:15 pm, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a blast! There are three stages for music, dance and other entertainment, and several activity villages to visit. Discover a craft market, cultural displays, ecological ideas and sports activities, and sample wonderful foods from local restaurants. Once the sun goes down, head over to Lafarge Lake for the fireworks.

Canada Day Concert in Swangard Stadium
6:30 pm – 10 pm, Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street (corner of Kingsway and Boundary Road), Burnaby, Cost: free
Spirit of the West will rock the night away on Canada Day. Come early; gates open at 5 pm.

Fireworks
End Canada day with a bang! There are loads of firework displays around Lower Mainland.

New Westminster 
at dusk, New Westminster riverfront, Quayside Drive, New Westminster

Burnaby
at dusk, Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street (corner of Kingsway and Boundary Road), Burnaby

Port Coquitlam
at dusk, Castle Park, Castle Crescent & Citadel Drive, Port Coquitlam

Coquitlam
10 pm, Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Langley
10 pm, Willoughby Community Park, 200th Street & 78B Avenue, Langley

Delta
10 pm, Chalmers Park, 11400 76A Avenue, Delta

Chilliwack
10 pm, Townsend Park, 45130 Wolfe Road, Chilliwack

Mission
10 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission

Steveston
10:15 pm, Steveston Imperial Landing, Richmond

Surrey
10:15 pm, Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th Street & 64th Avenue, Surrey

Whistler
10:15 pm, Skiers Plaza, Whistler

West Vancouver
10:30 pm, John Lawson Park, Argyle Avenue & 17th Street, West Vancouver

Canada Place
10:30 pm, Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, can be seen from Coal Harbour waterfront, Vancouver, as well as Lower Lonsdale area, North Vancouver

Dundarave
10:30 pm, Dundarave Village, West Vancouver

By: Elina Singh

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