There’s a wealth of ways to celebrate Canada Day in Vancouver with the family, and you don’t have to brave the crowds if you don’t want to. You could check out the multiple activities at Canada Place, the family-friendly atmosphere of a parade in North Vancouver, or try your hand at a sandcastle building competition in White Rock. Whatever type of celebration appeals to you we’ve got something that is sure to please.
Check out our guide to Canada Day events and activities in Vancouver, as well as plenty of fun that’s further afield, in case you’d like to get out of the city. All events are happening on July 1st and entry is free, unless otherwise stated.
Getting The Party Started Early
Where: 2311 Cassiar St, Vancouver
When: June 28th – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
If you and the family want to get a headstart on the celebrations, visit the Thunderbird Community Center for their free event which includes; face painting, crafts, carnival games, community booths, food and drink, and much, much more. More Information
Canada Place Celebration
Where: Canada Place & surrounding area
When: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for the family activities
With what is reported to be the largest Canada Day celebration in the country outside of Ottawa, Canada Day at Canada Place has become a Vancouver tradition that attracts over a quarter of a million people each year.
The day kicks off with a citizenship ceremony at 10:00 am which is open to the public. The family activity zones open at 11:00 am, and the free concerts drop their first notes at 6:00 pm. To round the day off, the day, fireworks light up the sky at 10:30 pm. More Information
Canada Day On The Drive
Where: Grandview Park, Commercial Drive
When: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
If you are looking for excitement, children’s activities, displays, concession stands, and an array of local talent on the stage (minus the crowds!), Canada Day on The Drive makes an excellent “ vibrant but less crowded” option for local families. More Information
Canada Day Takes Over Granville Island
Where: All across Granville Island
When: 10:00 am to 5:00pm
It’s difficult to know how Granville Island is going to pack all of the advertised fun in just 6 hours. They have “Little Paws Agility” shows at the Children’s Market as well as an array of face painting, sand crafts, and balloon twisting. Roving entertainers will amuse as you move from spot to spot collecting your free pins, flags, and temporary tattoos. There’s a lobster cookout, special Canada Day donuts, a chance to contribute to the Canada Day mural, a kids bike decorating station and parade; there’s just too much to list. More Information
Canada’s 151st Birthday Celebration
Where: Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver
When: 11:45 am to 3:00 pm
Entertainment, hot dogs & drinks, and a flag raising ceremony at 1:00 pm. Geared towards the older members of the community this would be an excellent place to spend a little low key time with an elderly relative. More Information
Canada Day At Sunset Park
Where: Sunset Park, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver (main @ E 53rd)
When: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Free carnival rides, concessions, community partners, and a BBQ will be part of the family-focused Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Sunset Community Association. More Information
Where: UBC Wesbrook Village – UBC Running Room
When: Warm-up starts at 9:45 am
Get in the spirit of Canada Day by running on the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park at the Run Canada Day 10K/5K, and 1K Kids Run and then enjoy post-race refreshments and a Canada Day cake in UBC Wesbrook Village. More Information
Canada Day Drumming Celebration
Where: Creekside Park, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
When: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
11:00 am – Cross Country Drumming broadcast live from coast to coast to coast.
11:30 am – Official Guinness World Record attempt for “Most nationalities in a drum circle in a single venue.”
Throughout the day – multicultural drumming stage performances, booth activities, giveaway prizes, children activities, food trucks, and more. More Information
Street Party On Robson Street
Where: Robson Street between Burrard and Denman
When: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robson Street sidewalks between Burrard and Denman will be filled with the sights, sounds, and tastes of music, entertainment, giveaways, business promotions, and treats. More Information
Renfrew Park Canada Day
Where: Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 E 22nd Ave
When: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Music, games, arts and craft, and carnival food, this fun event is organized by Windermere students for the whole community to enjoy. See you rain or shine. Everyone is welcome. More Information
Where: Abbotsford Exhibition Park, Rotary Stadium
When: Parade – 11:00 am | Family Fun – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Mini golf, pony rides, community booths, a food truck festival, hayrides, and interactive play zones are just some of the delights you can discover at the Abbotsford celebration this year. More Information
Canada Day In The 1920’s
Where: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Burnaby Village Museum hosts Burnaby’s Official Canada Day celebrations offering visitors the backdrop of its 1920s village streets, as well as multi-cultural family entertainment including musicians, entertainers, displays, and demonstrations.
Be sure to bring your camera and pose for a picture with a 1920s roving character or with members of the Burnaby RCMP detachment, in their splendid red serge uniforms. More Information
The Low Key Canada Day Celebration
Where: Edmonds Plaza & Park, 7433 Edmonds Street
When: 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
The event at Edmonds Community Centre boasts fantastic multicultural entertainment, face painting, cake, children’s activities, a youth soccer tournament, and musical talent. More Information
Where: Lafarge Lake
When: 12:00 to 10:30 pm.
The free, family-friendly celebrations in Coquitlam include the Adventure Park where you can try your luck with The Eliminator, Hungry Hippo Chow Down or rise to new heights with a 24ft climbing wall. There is also “The Meadow” in which to get crafty with hands-on activities like yarn bombing or stop by the henna booth to adorn your body with beautiful, temporary designs. Learn about the rich cultures of the community through unique displays, art exhibitions, and hands-on activities. More Information
Where: Fort Langley (the Village as well as the Historic Site)
When: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fort Langley celebrates Canada Day with free entry to the historic fort with birthday cake and other family-friendly activities. The streets of Fort Langley Village will come alive with all things, from Shakespeare to Hip Hop and everything imaginable in between. There will be face painters, jugglers, balloon twisters, wheelbarrow races, a First Nations art exhibit, historical re-enactments, birthday cake, a literary festival, cultural performers, and more. Music and fabulous entertainment on three stages. More Information
Where: Willoughby Community Park
When: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
This free, family-oriented event features live musical performances and entertainment, a spray park, playground, food trucks, and a mini version of the Langley Community Farmers’ Market. A Kids’ Zone will keep youngsters busy with face painting, arts and crafts, mini golf, Pacific Trackless Trains, community vendors, games, and inflatables. More Information
Where: Memorial Peace Park, accessible from Dewdney Trunk Road or Lougheed Highway
When: 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Things to enjoy at the Maple Ridge Canada Day celebration include the farmers market, pony rides, community BBQ, family games, and a multicultural parade. Decorate your bike in full Canadian style and participate in the cycle parade – all ages are welcome.
The day finishes at 6:00 with a Canada Day Flyover and the singing of Happy Birthday to Canada. More Information
Where: Pier Park
When: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Activities include perusing the festival expo featuring food vendors, businesses, and other interesting exhibits. Visit the petting zoo, enjoy dancing in the park, and later, watch the fireworks display at the quay. More Information
Where: Grand Boulevard at 13th Street, North Vancouver
When: Pancakes from 9:00 am, and the parade starts at 10:00 am
The parade runs from 13th Street at Grand Boulevard, heading down 17th Street via Lonsdale Avenue to Mahon Park. It’s a smaller community-style parade, but there’s a ton of fun, free goodies, and entertainment, especially for young children. More Information
Canada Day Celebration
Where: Waterfront Park, 200-block of West Esplanade, North Vancouver
When: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
An array of local performers, displays from North Shore community members, multicultural food, and free cupcakes kindly distributed by North Shore dignitaries are waiting for you this Canada Day in Waterfront Park.
With on-site entertainment ranging from balloon artists and a fire juggler to bouncy castles and a 24’ high climbing wall, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family. More Information
Where: Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
When: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Family-friendly activities include an import car show, boat rides, and live entertainment all day. The little ones can build a boat, enjoy time on the Springfree trampoline, or learn how to pan for gold.
Note: Port Moody Canada Day festivities are actually part of that community’s larger 4-day Golden Spike Days festival that takes place over four days during the July Long Weekend. More Information
Where: Various locations around Steveston
When: 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
One of the best times to visit historic Steveston Village in Richmond is on Canada Day when the community attracts up to 70,000 people to its Salmon Festival. The festival features a pancake breakfast, parade, Japanese cultural fair, craft fair, music concerts, and a world famous salmon BBQ.
The children’s festival will include inflatables and mini carnival games, face painters, clowns, and other fun activities for the kids, and a full afternoon of entertainment featuring Steveston’s own Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band at 2:00 pm. More Information
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th Street and 64th Avenue, Surrey
When: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
As with most other top Canada Day festival venues, admission is free. There are, however, amusement rides for which tickets cost about $1.25 and each ride requires between 1 and six tickets.
In addition to all the midway rides, games, and food vendors, the Surrey Canada Day event also features live music concerts throughout the day, finishing with the star attraction at the end, just before the fireworks which start at about 10:15 pm. More Information
Where: John Lawson Park
When: 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm
As well as the Kids Zone, there is a Red and White Picnic running from the late afternoon until the end of the fireworks. Participants are invited to bring their lawn chairs and picnic dinners and enjoy a variety of live entertainment performances.
While fireworks take off from a barge in the water of Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, a similar barge on the waters just off West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park is the site for a second series of pyrotechnics. Places to watch the display include the beaches at Ambleside, John Lawson Park, and Dundarave. More Information
Where: White Rock’s West Beach
When: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Activities there include a sandcastle-building competition, free concerts, family-friendly activities, and fireworks. The Kid Zone is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and will feature Korki the Clown, Sea Star Face Painting, the Firefighters Charity BBQ, and you can get your photos taken at the Giggle Booth. More information.
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