Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

It’s Canada’s 148th birthday. And Vancouver is ready to celebrate.

Bashes across the city, not to mention the big parade and fireworks, will commemorate Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1. Here’s a look at where you can join the excitement:

Canada Day at Canada Place
The city’s biggest party – and the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa – is Canada Day at Canada Place, a full day of live music, food and entertainment downtown. Musical headliners this year on the big stage include local singer Hannah Georgas and Latin-inspired group Rumba Calzada. A separate stage features a beer garden and performances by local favourites Watasun and the Hairfarmers.

There’s also plenty of street food and interactive games, as well as a display by the Vancouver Circus School and, of course, the annual Canada Day citizenship ceremony for new citizens. Also stop by the Vancouver Convention Centre’s open house, where you can learn about its six-acre living roof, enjoy a brew on the Pacific Terrace and even see the Olympic Cauldron lit for Canada Day. Activities start at 10 a.m. Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza.  

Photo credit: Gaelen Norman | Flickr

Photo credit: Gaelen Norman | Flickr

Steveston Salmon Festival
For a dose of small-town charm not far from the big city head to Steveston, outside Richmond, for the annual tribute to all-things salmon.  A large parade winds its way through the centre of town, while some 1,200 pounds of wild salmon are grilled over an open fire. Meanwhile, you can also wander over to the waterfront for Ships to Shore, a display of more than 20 working and historic ships. Parade starts at 10 a.m.; fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Steveston Village. 

640px-Granville_Island (1)Canada Day on Granville Island
Granville Island has its own parade, with lots of kid-friendly activities, from the free Granville Island Water Park to roving performers and face painters. In addition Granville Island hosts a full day of free jazz on multiple stages as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Headliners this year include the Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet, Company B Jazz Band and Tambura RasaFree jazz from noon-9:30 p.m.; parade traditionally starts at 1:30 p.m. Various venues on Granville Island.  

Photo credit: John Bollwitt | Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt | Flickr

Canada Day in Surrey
This big bash in Surrey is known primarily for its huge free outdoor concert. Bands from B.C. and beyond take the stage throughout the day, culminating in a headline performance by legendary rockers Blue Rodeo at 9 p.m.  Other activities include amusement park rides, a sports zone and plenty of street food. Afterward, enjoy a fireworks spectacular. Activities start at 10 a.m.; Blue Rodeo performs at 9 p.m.; fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey.  

Photo credit: Silent Observer | Flickr

Photo credit: Silent Observer | Flickr

Canada Day Parade in Vancouver
The city’s big Canada Day Parade features more than 60 performance groups, from marching bands and Mounties to samba dancers. The parade starts at Georgia and Broughton Streets, proceeding east on Georgia before turning north onto Burrard Street and finishing up at West Pender Street, not far from Canada Place. The parade route is generally packed with rows of flag-waving spectators, so arrive early for a good spot. Parade starts at 7 p.m. Route runs along Georgia and Burrard Streets.  

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Canada Day Fireworks in Vancouver
Always a showstopper, the big fireworks spectacular features two separate barges launching pyrotechnics into the night skies above the city. One barge is located in Coal Harbour, with great views from all along the Coal Harbour Seawall, Harbour Green Park and Stanley Park (near the 9 o’clock gun).  The other barge is off Dundarave in West Vancouver. If you want to skip the crowds, tickets to the special Hudson’s Bay Fireworks Viewing Zone are $15 and include exclusive live entertainment, food vendors and even washrooms. Fireworks start at 10:30 p.m. Coal Harbour and Dundarave.
Tickets available at Tickets Tonight

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