Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations This Weekend

Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations This Weekend
Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations This Weekend

The Canada Day long weekend brings a host of festivities, big and small, to Metro Vancouver. Here’s a list of events to check out.

Canada together at Canada Place

In the city itself, the biggest party will take place at Canada Place, where the Port of Vancouver will host live music, food trucks, a beer garden, a kids’ zone and indigenous displays.

Planned in partnership with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wauth nations, the event is intended “to create a welcoming experience for all people living in this country,” organizers said.

The day starts with an integration ceremony at 9:30 AM, but the public program starts at 11:00 AM and lasts until 6:00 PM. More information can be found on the Canada Place website.

New public market

Around the corner from Canada Place, in Granville Square, a new public market is opening for the first time this weekend.

Junction Public Market is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm, plus holiday Mondays, beginning Friday and running through September 29.

Food, drinks, local vendors and live entertainment will be available all weekend and admission to the market is free. A schedule and vendor list can be found online.

Other Canada Day celebrations

From Steveston to Fort Langley and all three Tri-Cities, there are many more Canada Day celebrations to choose from this weekend. Find links to more information about each of them in the list that follows.

Abbotsford, which is not officially part of Metro Vancouver, is not listed below, but the city does have its own festivities planned.

  • Surrey: “Western Canada’s Largest Canada Day Event” will take place at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 10:15 p.m.

  • Fort Langley: The Fort Langley National Historic Site commemorates the Confederacy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free performances and activities.

  • Steveston Salmon Festival: “Canada’s Biggest Little Birthday Party” kicks off with a parade at 10am and continues with live music and food around the village of Steveston.

  • Burnaby: Daytime activities at Edmonds Plaza and Park and the Burnaby Village Museum give way to StreetFest on Central in the evening, with a fireworks finale at 10:15 p.m.

  • Maple back: This year’s celebrations also mark the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding with “music, dance, entertainment and more at Memorial Peace Park” from noon to 6 p.m.

  • New Westminster: Live music, food trucks, a “circus zone” and children’s activities are planned at Westminster Pier Park from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Coquitlam: Town Center Park will host family-friendly activities including mini golf and a climbing wall, plus live music, food and more. Festivities last from 12:00 PM to 10:30 PM, with fireworks scheduled for 10:00 PM

  • Port Coquitlam: A Canada Day market, food trucks, live music and a fireworks finale are all planned for Castle Park. The event starts at 12:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM

Golden Spike Days

Unlike the neighboring Tri-Cities, Port Moody’s festival this weekend isn’t limited to Canada Day.

The 47th annual Golden Spike Days will take place daily at Rocky Point Park from Saturday through Monday.

Featuring the Tri-Cities Got Talent competition, spike riding, food, drinks, live music and more, the annual event is donation-based. The full schedule of activities can be found on the website.

A year in the museum

July 1 also marks one year since the opening of the Chinese Canadian Museum in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

The museum celebrates this milestone on Canada Day while also commemorating the anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Lectures, performances, workshops, crafts and more are scheduled throughout the day and are included in the museum’s admission price.