Canada Day is coming and all of Greater Vancouver is getting ready to celebrate on Friday, July 1!
Canada Day 2011 – Greater Vancouver’s Top 10 Canada Day Events
1. Canada Day on Granville Island – Vancouver
One of Vancouver’s most beloved and patriotic Canada Day events is the all-day extravaganza on Granville Island, where the party starts 7:30am with the $8 Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast and continues with a Canada Day Parade, free Official Canada Day Ceremony, free concerts courtesy of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the international MELA! bazaar, and more!
2. Vancouver Canada Day Parade & Canada Day at Canada Place – Vancouver
The place to party in downtown Vancouver, Canada Place’s free, all-day festivities include five music stages—2011 performers include The Irish Descendants, Chic Gamine, and Montréal’s afro-pop group, H’Sao —as well as art exhibits, the annual Vancouver Canada Day Parade and, starting at 10;30pm, the fantastic Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show.
3. Surrey Canada Day 2011 – Surrey
Western Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration is just south of Vancouver and completely free: it’s an all-day extravaganza of live music, amusement park rides, and the nighttime Fireworks Spectacular.
4. Steveston Salmon Festival – Richmond
Steveston, Richmond’s historic fishing village, has been combining its Canada Day celebrations with its annual Salmon Festival for 66 years. The all-day events include a Canada Day Parade, craft fairs, multicultural performances, and the famous Salmon Barbeque, where 1200 pounds of wild salmon are grilled over open fire pits.
5. Canada Day at Waterfront Park – North Vancouver
Just 15 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, North Van’s free Canada Day party features live entertainment, mini golf, rock climbing, and a bouncy castle on the shores of the Burrard Inlet.
6. Canada Day at the Burnaby Village Museum – Burnaby
The open-air Burnaby Village Museum hosts Burnaby’s Canada Day party, where the fun includes an official parade, free birthday cake, live music, kids’ activities, free admission to the Museum, and $2 rides on the Museum’s famous carousel.
7. Langley Canada Day Celebrations
Langley stretches out its Canada Day celebrations with a two-day festival happening June 30 – July 1. Both days have live music, fireworks, mini golf, bike demos, and more.
Want more? The following Canada Day celebrations may be smaller, but they’re sure to be full of community spirit!
8. North Shore Canada Day Parade – North Vancouver
This free, red–and-white parade makes its way along the scenic North Shore, starting at 13th Street & Grand Boulevard and ending at Mahon Park.
9. Canada Day at Lonsdale Quay – North Vancouver
Celebrate on the water with live entertainment, face-painting, and kids’ activities.
10. Canada Day by the Bay – White Rock
Enjoy the charms of White Rock’s beaches on Canada Day with sandcastles, kite flying, entertainment, food, artisans and fireworks over Semiahoo Bay.
Have a favourite Canada Day celebration in Greater Vancouver? Please share your picks for Canada Day in the comments!