Canada Day 2011 – Top 10 Canada Day Events Around Vancouver

Flag-waving at the Vancouver Canada Day Parade. Photo: Canada Place Corporation

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!


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17 Responses to Canada Day 2011 – Top 10 Canada Day Events Around Vancouver

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  2. Me

    Why is the Summer Fireworks at the end of July NOT mentioned here?

    You need to do a better job of listing of events and list them by season and month.

    • Dana Lynch

      Me, this is a list of Canada Day events only–not events for the whole summer in Vancouver. All of these events celebrate Canada Day on July 1. The summer fireworks–which we will definitely cover–don’t start until July 30, 2011.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Me

    Dana, thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, that really doesn’t help. When people are searching for local events in town and planning their trips in arnd around Vancouver and their activities/festivities they would like to have the information readily available and accessible.

    Perhaps there could be a subheading under EVENTS by month of what’s going on in around our fine city?

    • JK

      @Me: Perhaps something like Vancouver Magazine’s event calendar will better meet your needs:

      As for me, I appreciate the blog style of these posts, as they sometimes inspire me to attend events even if I wasn’t originally planning something for that specific date.

    • joe

      I think this is pretty straight forward… CANADA DAY EVENTS???

      If you want Firework listings , then search Fireworks display Vancouver ‘

      simple…dont know why you are complaining , I found this very useful

      • Me

        @joe you’re certainly entitled to your [own] opinion. lol. i am happy for you that you are content with just the way things are. fortunately, not everyone thinks the same and this is exactly why and how things move forward.

        @jk thanks for the link to vancouver magazine link. that’s how i am envisioning an events calendar. I am all for blog posts but a calendar format is what I prefer.

        Unfortunately, the Vancouver Calendar magazine calendar is incomplete. For one thing, I wasn’t able to see the Carnival Latin Festival being held in Downtown Vancouver as an event. However, the Greek Day festival was included.

        • Holly

          Instead of keep complaining, why don’t you use other method then? Just like you said, everyone has different needs. You found out that this website is not helpful for you, then YOU go to other wetsites to get more helpful information.

          It is very simple. There are tons of website that you can go to. It’s not like you are forced to entre only to this website to get info.

        • TongueBiter

          You are an idiot

  4. One more event to add!
    B. C. Binning Residence Canada Day Open House

    Tour this National Historic Site and learn about why this unique example of early Modern Era architecture had a lasting impact on the work of artists and architects across Canada.

    Friday, July 1st , 2011
    1 – 4 p.m
    Admission by donation
    Guided tours will be at 1:30 and 3:00 pm.
    2968 Mathers Crescent, West Vancouver
    (Just off of 29th Ave. and Marine Dr.)

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  6. Scout

    It’s Golden Spike days in Port Moody from the 1st to the 3rd!


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  11. Another Great Canada Day Celebration: Vancouver Canadians game followed by Fireworks at Scotiabank field! See you there!