The best Canada Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland

The best Canada Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland

It’s our country’s birthday next Friday, do you know how you’ll be celebrating? We do!

We have scoured the Lower Mainland for the best Canada Day events in each area so you can spend less time planning and more time celebrating. So round up the family and head to the event nearest you!

Downtown Vancouver

Canada Day ParadeIt’s the biggest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa! Canada Place is hosting an all-day event that’s jam packed with patriotic fun. From 10am until 6pm you and yours can enjoy live music from amazing Canadian artists, a family-friendly licensed area, an Expo 86 exhibit, Canadian Forces exhibits, spontaneous street hockey games, and a pogo stick stunt team.

At 11am there will be a citizenship ceremony, a heartfelt event that will be captured by the Global News team where Canadians can affirm their citizenship while welcoming 60 new citizens. For more information about all of this and much more, visit the Canada Place website.

After the fun at Canada Place, head down to Georgia Street where the extremely popular annual Canada Day Parade will be starting at 7pm. Join thousands of Canadians as 50 different performances stream past in a grand show of patriotism. For the parade route, click here.

End the day with the Canada Day dual barge simultaneous fireworks show! The spectacle will begin at 10:30 and will be most visible from Canada Place, Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and Crab Park. Click here for more information.


North Shore

North Vancouver Canada Day CelebrationsIn North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park from noon until 4pm there will be a Canada Day market with live music and dance performances, food trucks, and an artisan market. This market is a proud zero-waste event and promises to be fun for the whole family. For more information, visit the North Van Canada Day website.

Afterwards, head to John Lawson Park in West Vancouver and enjoy a picnic style dinner in the great outdoors with live entertainment starting at 4:30pm. Everyone is welcome to either bring their own food or take advantage of the incredible food trucks that will be there. Stay until 10:30 for the Canada Day fireworks barge display which will be visible from the park. For more information, visit the West Vancouver website.



Steveston's Salmon FestivalFor a full day of Canadian fun, check out the annual Steveston Salmon Festival. What better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday than with one of its most significant icons, the salmon?

Start the day early with a full pancake breakfast from 6:30 until 11:30 then enjoy a citizenship ceremony, the kids bicycle parade, a Canada Day parade, multicultural displays and martial arts demonstrations, art shows and kids crafting, the food fair, a car show, a horticulture show, live music and dance performances, and of course the event that the festival revolves around – the salmon barbeque. For more information about all of these events and more, visit the Steveston Salmon Festival website.



Canada Day in BurnabyCanada Day celebrations will be held outside of Edmonds Community Centre from 11 am until 2:30 pm and will include all-ages face painting, live music, arts and crafts, and cake to honour Canada’s birthday! For information regarding this event, visit the City of Burnaby website.

Afterwards, and if you are still in a celebratory mood, check out the Canada Day event happening at the Burnaby Village Museum until 4:30 pm where there will be a parade, games, historical facts, and more cake. For more information, visit the event webpage.



For some of the best Canada Day entertainment, go to the Bill Reid Amphitheatre. The event will feature amazing live music, including Tom Cochrane as a headlining act, as well as dance performances, amusement rides, activities for seniors, a Science World exhibit, fairy tale telling, food trucks, photo booths, board games, and a sports zone! The event will last all day from 10 am until 10:30 pm. For more information, visit the the City of Surrey’s website.



Canada Day in AbbotsfordJoin in the All Star Canada Day celebration at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park from 11 am until 5 pm and enjoy a patriotic parade, family friendly live music all day long, food trucks, hay bale rides, mini golf, a dog zone, pony rides, and a kids play zone. Also featured will be the BC Summer Games sports zone where everyone can have a shot at trying new and fun summer sports in support of the BC Summer Games which come to Abbotsford later in the month.

At 10 pm there will be a Canada Day fireworks show that you will not want to miss. Visit the event website for details.

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