Canada Day always brings an assortment of family friendly events in Vancouver and surrounding areas. It is a day of joy, patriotism and celebration. With the mark of Canada’s 150th year, something tells me our local events are really going to step up their game!
Check out this list of events in and around Vancouver that are sure to deliver fun for the whole family as we come together to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
City of Vancouver
This is a great event in the heart of Vancouver. Close to Stanley Park, this venue is truly a picture perfect place to celebrate Canada’s milestone birthday. There will be a citizenship ceremony to welcome 150 new Canadians to our city. Along with a youth area filled with great activities for all ages, there is also an awesome lineup of artists ready to ring in the New Year. Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, and more will be at Canada Place performing and celebrating with the crowd. Another exciting addition is the Canadian Forces’ interactive exhibit. As someone with a family member in the Forces, I am thrilled about this opportunity to learn and thank the brave men and women who help keep our country safe.
As always to end the night, there will be a spectacular firework show.
July 2nd brings more fun with a parade and pancake breakfast.
8:00 am- midnight
Granville Island is always good for an eclectic day that is fun for all ages. As always there are many talented street performers, delicious goods from bakeries and markets, refreshing bevies from the local brewery and a playground and spray park to occupy the kids and cool off.
Definitely an easy place to spend the day; be sure to kick off the celebrations at the Canada Day Parade.
3-Steveston Fishing Village
Spend the day at the Steveston Salmon Festival and Ships to Shore event in Richmond. This really is an enjoyable event for the whole family. Beginning bright and early this is a free event that includes a parade and a huge salmon barbecue. Cooking over 1200 filets in a large, smoked barbecue pit, this tasty attraction is a must see. After a tasty lunch, walk over to the near by Ships to Shore display on the water and explore twenty working and historical ships.
4-Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheater
No list would be complete without this amazing event. Easily considered the biggest celebration in Western Canada, this party is jam packed with free entertainment. Something to please any age group. Vendor tents and markets, food trucks, organized activities for children, amusement rides at a cost of 1.25 per ticket and a slew of entertainers are only some of the attractions that will fill your day. While adults and older youth will enjoy the 270-foot zip line, and sports zone, this event targets young families with a Kid’s World, Toddler Town and Storyville.
Live entertainment includes sets from Magic! and Hedley.
Fireworks begin at 10:15
A lower key event filled with educational and family events, this Canada Day celebration is sure to please young families who are not interested in fighting the crazy, heavy crowds of larger events. Families can enjoy the regular Burnaby Village museum in addition to all the standard Canada Day activities featured at other events.
Free concerts beginning at 6:30
After some fun filled exploration at the Village, head over to the Stadium for some great music and fun. Headliners include Steven Page, the African Heritage ensemble Kokoma and Will Stroet for the younger audience members.
Golden Spike Days events are always fueled with fun for the whole family. Beginning at 11:00 this by donation event will be packed vendors, activities for kids, and beer garden. Set on the inlet, this location is beautiful. Enjoy a Canada Day walk or bike ride around the inlet, cool off at the spray park and enjoy a refreshing beer or food truck just a stones throw away at the local breweries.
Trooper will be performing at 9:00 and there will be Fireworks at 10:30.
Town Center is quickly becoming the place to be in Coquitlam. Come down to Lafarge Lake, now easily accessible thanks to the Evergreen Skytrain Line, and enjoy a Taste of Coquitlam. Throughout the day there will be live music along with kids activities. I myself am quite intrigued by the mysterious Bubble Ball activity. Similar to Rocky Point, there is a nearby spray park to cool off at as well as a leisurely walk around the lake.
There will be a beautiful display of fireworks to end the day.
Noon to dusk
This is a great community event that showcases local talent. In addition to all the standard Canada Day celebrations, food vendors, marketplace and children’s activities, there will also be a salmon barbecue. You will even be able to paint a tile for the Canada 150 Mosaic between 12:30-5:00 which is very cool.
Fireworks at dusk.
10-Memorial Peace Park- 224 Street & Mcintosh Avenue
Maple Ridge is a growing community and is home to several young families. This event brings all the fun of Canada 150 without the long commute. There will be a Farmer’s Market, a community barbecue hosted by local firefighters, and a slew of family friendly activities. Three stages will showcase some great performances or music, culture and dance. Don’t forget to lend your beautiful voice to the Happy Birthday Canada sing along to cap off the day.