School’s out, the sun is shining and Canada is celebrating 150 years — it’s going to be an amazing weekend! Find all of your Canada Day fun in our giant round-up of awesome events in communities across Metro Vancouver. You can also take part in Asteroid Day, eat breakfast with firefighters in Port Moody, or gaze up at tall trees in Pacific Spirit Park. There’s a salmon festival, self-guided tours of the Orpheum Theatre, and an awesome girl power event too. We’ve listed out just a few of the fantastic events happening this weekend in Metro Vancouver. For more, remember to check out our interactive events guide.
Looking for more great family activities? Take a look at all the month-long events happening in June!
Friday, June 30th, 10 am – 5 pm, Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Visit the Space Centre to take part in this global celebration! The Pacific Museum of Earth will be in the house to show you asteroids, meteorites, and explain how space rocks differ from rocks found on Earth. Also, enjoy a special screening of the Little Prince!
Port Moody Firefighters 40th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, July 1st – Sunday, July 2nd, 8 am – 12 pm, Inlet Centre Firehall, 150 Newport Drive Port Moody
Firefighters volunteering their time for charity! All money raised will go to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and Crossroads Hospice. Make sure you see all the firetrucks on display!
Curious by Nature-Rainforest Giants: Tall Trees
Saturday, July 1st, 10 am – 12 pm, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver
Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by a pop-up display to chat with a park interpreter. Rainforest Giants: Tall Trees – PACIFIC SPIRIT REGIONAL PARK — Meet at park kiosk at 16th Ave park centre, 400 m west of Blanca St.
July Heron Walk
Saturday, July 1st, 10 am – 11 am, Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack
This will be the time to watch the juvenile herons leaving (being kicked out) of their nests. Take a walk to the heron colony with our knowledgeable guide and learn more about the life cycle of the Pacific Great Blue Heron.
Steveston Salmon Festival
Saturday, July 1st, 6:30 am – late, Steveston, Richmond
The day begins at 6:30 am with a pancake breakfast, followed by the kids bike parade at 9:30 then the big Canada Day Parade at 10:00 am. Then, the Festival is officially kicked off at our Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage at noon with dignitaries, speeches, and the singing of O Canada. After the official opening, the stage bursts with great entertainment all afternoon. Festival highlights include the Japanese Cultural Show, an awesome Children’s Festival, Youth Festival, Food Fair, and an Artisan Gallery, plus this year the festival will see the return of an inflatable carnival and midway, and a local favourite pie and ice cream parlour.
Self-guided tour of the Orpheum
Saturday, July 1st, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville Street, Cost: $12
Immerse yourself in a piece of Vancouver’s history! Take a self-guided tour of the Orpheum concert hall, a national historic site. Learn about the venue’s interesting history and architecture, famous visitors and performers, and how the community once came together to save the Orpheum. Tours are self-guided, with support from Vancouver Civic Theatres staff. Attendees are given one hour to wander the lobbies, staircases, and the mezzanine floor of the auditorium. Attendees will not be allowed backstage or on the stage. All ages. All patrons require a ticket.
Canada Day Skate
Saturday, July 1st, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Bring the family and celebrate Canada Day from 1:30 – 3 p.m. and 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Fee: $2.00 pp, rentals included.
BC Mills House
Sunday, July 2nd, 11 am – 3 pm, Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Learn about hiking, history, and nature in this truly wild regional park. Chat with friendly volunteer hosts.
Ivivva Girl Power event
Sunday, July 2nd, 12 pm – 2 pm, Ivivva Store, 2123 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
9-year-old Sophia from a local Vancouver school’s Entrepreneurial Program has created and built the website www.girlpower4girls.com which is a website for girls from girls about girls, promoting the love of books, songs, movies, food and local fun activities for healthy living for girls in Vancouver. Her website has been supported by Ivivva. On Sunday, July 2nd, Sophia will be selling Ivivva designed Girl Power headbands inside the Ivivva West 4th store. Proceeds from the sales of the headbands go to BC Children’s Hospitals mental health division. All are welcome to come shopping at Ivivva and help support the Girl Power movement.
People and Pollinators in the City are Way Cool because:
Sunday, July 2nd, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Founded in September 2012, Hives for Humanity Society connects people to nature, to community and to each other, through bees, and the culture that we foster around the hive. We founded our society after one season of beekeeping in the heart of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on blocks whose reputation is for street entrenched poverty, homelessness and addiction. Through a conversation with one of the community residents who we managed our first colony alongside, we realized that the bees were building hope, fostering self-worth, and giving people a reason to lift their heads up.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes