Time to don your red and white gear and get patriotic! It’s not just Canada Day this year, it’s our 150th birthday, which means communities are pulling out all the stops. Here’s a sizeable list of festivities taking place around the city. Everything is happening on July 1st, unless otherwise noted.
At this all-out Canadian extravaganza, you can try your hand at axe-throwing, show off your hockey skills at their puck shoot-out and capture a keepsake photo with Grouse Mountain mascot Grizwald the Bear. Take in Canadian movie classics in the Theatre in the Sky, hit up a ranger talk or listen to live music while sipping on a cold one in the beer and barbecue garden. Not to be missed are the special Canada 150 edition of the World Famous Lumberjack Show, and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest human maple leaf” in the world.
Canada 150 at Whistler Village
Summer in Whistler means a smorgasbord of all-ages activities and outdoor entertainment. Celebrate Canada’s 150th here and enjoy music in the mountains with free outdoor concerts from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Head out on a scavenger hunt, take photos and share on social media for prizes!
Looking for a big bang of a celebration? Canada Day at Canada Place is the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa, and they are celebrating for two days (July 1 & 2) this year to commemorate 150 years of confederation! The Parade will be on July 2nd this year, and the Kids Zone in Harbour Green Park takes place on July 1st. There are also free live performances, a citizenship swearing in ceremony and of course the fireworks!
If the downtown parade is too late for your little ones, there’s a glorious, upbeat carnivalesque parade with stilt walkers on Granville Island at 1:30 pm. As well, the Jazz Fest sets up all over the island with music for all ages. You can bring the kids down for some bicycle decorating from 10am – 2pm at Ocean Art Works. Swing by the False Creek Community Centre for more fun, a BBQ concession, and of course, the water park.
Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in the place where British Columbia was born. Fort Langley Village is hosting an arts, heritage and multicultural experience on King Street that will have everything from Shakespeare to hip hop as well as face painters, jugglers, balloon twisters, wheel barrow races, a First Nations art exhibit, historical re-enactments, birthday cake, a literary festival, cultural performers and more. And of course, free admission to Fort Langley National Historic Site, which has a special 150 celebration all day including a 9:30 outdoor movie screening.
Skip downtown entirely and hit the Steveston Canada Day and Salmon Festival – a very Vancouver way to celebrate. There’s a pancake breakfast starting at 6:30 am, a children’s bike parade at 9:30 am, and the main parade at 10 am. The children’s festival, craft fair, food fair, martial arts demos, and more run until 5 pm. Charlotte Diamond is performing on the Children’s Festival stage at 1 pm. The salmon BBQ starts from 11 am and goes until the fish runs out – cash only!
Canada Day at the Cannery
Visit the Cannery for free on Canada Day. Check out the new The Pull of the Net exhibit and visit the food vendors and artisans in front of the Cannery throughout the day. Stick around for performances at Fisherman’s Park. PS: If you have a free National Park pass, you can use it at the Georgia Cannery from Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2017 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017
Celebrate Canada 150 at Tsawwassen Mills with a host of truly Canadian themed activities including face painting, tattoos, photo booth, arts and crafts, entertainment and more for everyone to enjoy for free. Their Long Weekend Savings Booklet will also be available offering a variety of discounts and gift with purchases for all shoppers – tourists and locals – during Canada 150 celebrations.
Celebrate Canada Day by running through the woods in Pacific Spirit Park. There are a few runs to choose from, 10k, 5k, and a 1k kids walk/run too. There’s a giant cake from Save-on Foods, a bouncy castle, live music, and face painters. Don’t forget to wear red and white! Runs start at 10am, and it’s best to register in advance.
6 Pack Beach
Join them on July 1st for their annual 6 Pack Beach Bash from 10 am – 3 pm! It will run rain or shine so come dig, build and play! While the little ones dig in the sand, school aged kids can play volleyball, soccer or dodgeball. They’ll even have activities for adults to do. Free for all to come.