Last minute planning for Canada Day? If you’re looking for something to do to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, whether locally or within BC, check out our list of what’s happening on July 1st, 2017. Happy Birthday Canada!
Vancouver – Canada Place’s Canada Day will be the place to be to enjoy the largest celebration in the Lower Mainland! With 5 performance stages featuring Canadian bands such as Sam Roberts, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette and more, enjoy a full day of entertainment acts, interactive exhibits, a Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, and ending with a fireworks show. Don’t forget to check out the Canada Day parade the next morning on July 2nd through downtown Vancouver.
Richmond – The annual Steveston Salmon Festival starts off with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade that winds through Steveston Village, and entertainment on both the Main stage and Children’s stage. Come down for salmon, and if you have your Canada Parks Pass, stay for a free admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
Surrey – The ultimate celebration in Surrey Canada Day consists of food trucks, the Canada 150 zone with various Canadiana activities, crafts and local performances. Hedley headlines the evening concert prior to fireworks, with Magic!
Burnaby – The big evening Burnaby Canada 150 celebration will take place at Swanguard Stadium with Steven Page headlining the concert prior to fireworks from 5pm-10pm. During the day visit the Burnaby Village Museum 11am-4:30pm with multicultural family entertainment, musicians, demonstrations, parade and cupcakes!
Tri-Cities – If you are hoping to hang out in the Tri-Cities for Canada Day, there’ll be family entertainment throughout the day in Coquitlam (Town Centre Park), Port Coquitlam (Castle Park), and Port Moody (Rocky Point Park), along with fireworks in each city. All 3 cities will host their own fireworks show, with Port Moody having theirs the latest at 10:30PM after iconic Canadian rock band Trooper performs in the park.
Victoria – Hop on a ferry for BC capital’s Spirit 150 Victoria Canada Day celebrations. Tegan and Sara highlight Friday night’s performance on the main stage, while The Arkells highlight on Canada Day on the Parliament lawn before fireworks. Also join in the popular Coast Capital Savings Living Flag, which takes place on the Parliament lawn at 2PM. Starting at noon, 4,000 free red and white t-shirts will be available for pickup, with the assembly of the living flag beginning at 1:30pm. Come be part of this giant Canadian flag and show your Canadian pride!
Whistler – Celebrate Canada Day with various activities around Whistler Village during the day and enjoy a concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing at Whistler Olympic Plaza in the evening. Also take advantage of free transit services during the Canada Day weekend in and around Whistler.
Kelowna – Prospera Place hosts the 44th Annual Kelowna Folkfest, while Waterfront Park celebrates with the Taste of Canada food fair, Made in Canada marketplace of artisan arts and crafts, and a giant mural for the public to colour on. There’s several concert stages set up including a Beach stage at Tugboat Bay beach.
Penticton – Gyro Park hosts this year’s Canada Day in Penticton with various live bands, family fun activities, market vendors, and fireworks on Okanagan Lake at 10pm to wrap up the evening. On July 2nd make sure to check out the 5th Annual Okanagan Trestles Tour. Hop on your bike and cycle through the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
Osoyoos – To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Osoyoos hosts its 69th annual Cherry Fiesta on July 1st. The annual Cherry Fiesta kicks off with a pancake breakfast, parade, live entertainment, beer garden, and a cherry “pit spit” competition. It ends the evening with a fireworks display at Gyro Beach (not to be confused with Penticton’s Gyro Park).