If you like car shows, navy ships, climbing walls, free entertainment and kid-friendly activities, it’s the place to be on July 1st in 2020!
Lower Lonsdale on Canada Day
North Vancouver’s main Canada Day festivities take place at Waterfront Park between noon and 4:00 pm on Monday July 1st in 2020.
Waterfront Park is just a 5-minute walk west of Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus terminal. At the park on Canada Day you’ll find free entertainment, live music on the outdoor stage, kid-friendly activities, birthday cake, hot dogs and lots of people having fun.
Also in the Lower Lonsdale area, at the Shipyards (and so just a 10-minute walk from the park), there is a car show. Also close by, at Shipbuilders’ Pier, on July 1st in 2019, HMCS Winnipeg is docked for the day and you can tour the naval ship. And at Lonsdale Quay, in the afternoon, there is free live music in the plaza.
If you’re looking for a variety of free things to do on Canada Day in 2020, North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District is a great place to go. It’s a beautiful spot and there’s so much going on!
Canada Day at Waterfront Park
The Canada Day festivities at Waterfront Park are exceptional and highly recommended. Except for the food and vendor products for sale, pretty much everything is free! That includes the balloon animals, face painting, climbing wall, bouncy castle and other fun activities. It also includes some great bands and other live entertainment.
2020 details are to be confirmed.
Performers at the Waterfront Park venue in 2019 included Marcus Mosely (of The Sojourners) and The Day Trippers (which is also a great local band).
The Marcus Mosely Chorale started the afternoon off at just after 12:00 pm with Gospel-style singing. The Day Trippers finished the festivities with their repertoire of Beatles favourites between 3:00 and 4:00. In between there were performances by the J.P. Fell Pipe Band, the ShowStoppers (a Glee-style dance academy) and other entertainers.
TIP: To get to Waterfront Park from the SeaBus, turn left (i.e., head west) as you exit the terminal. The park is just a 5-minute walk away. That’s where you’ll find the main festivities between noon and 4:00 pm.
THANKS ROTARY AND EVENT SPONSORS!
The Canada Day festivities at Waterfront Park are proudly hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate which is a great service club based on the North Shore.
Event sponsors include Neptune Terminals, Western Stevedoring, Raymond James, Advanced Storage Centres, Econo Moving & Storage, Blueshore Financial, the Shipyards District Lower Lonsdale, Vancouver’s Best Places (this website) and other organizations.
Canada Day at the Shipyards
In addition to all the afternoon festivities at Waterfront Park, on Canada Day in 2019 there was also a car show at Shipbuilders’ Square and a Canadian naval ship at the pier.
The car show celebrated its 7th anniversaryd at the Shipyards last year and ran from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. HMCS Winnipeg, meanwhile, is a Canadian naval frigate. It happened to be in town on July 1st in 2019 and offered free tours between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Details about Canada Day events at the Shipyards in 2020 are to be confirmed.
Canada Day at Lonsdale Quay
Not only are there cool things to see and do at both Waterfront Park and the Shipyards, but there is also live music at Lonsdale Quay on Canada Day.
2020 details are to be confirmed.
Karen Fowlie & The Originals performed from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. The VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir then takes the stage from 3:15 until 5:15.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Canada Day experience in Lower Lonsdale and the Shipyards.
TIP #1: If you like collectible cars, naval ships, the Beatles, Gospel music, climbing walls, balloon animals, bouncy castles and other free family-friendly activities, and you want to enjoy it all in an area with spectacular scenery, then check out the above festivities on July 1st in 2019. Lower Lonsdale is without a doubt one of our top venue picks for Canada Day!
TIP #2: North Vancouver also has a Canada Day Parade. It starts at 10:00 am and goes west along 13th Street from Grand Boulevard, north up Lonsdale Avenue and then west again along 17th Street to Mahon Park. It’s a great parade and fun for young families.
TIP #3: If spending the full day in North Vancouver, we recommend heading to either the parade or the Shipyards first and then to Waterfront Park in the afternoon. The city’s main festivities take place at Waterfront Park and the headliner bands there last year were the Marcus Mosely Chorale at shortly after noon, and then The Day Trippers (a Beatles tribute band) from around 3:00 until 4:00 pm. Especially if you have young children, Waterfront Park is definitely where you’ll want to spend the afternoon.
TIP #4: The public market at Lonsdale Quay closes at 7:00 pm, so check it out after the festivities finish elsewhere.
TIP #5: Fireworks take place across the water by Canada Place in Vancouver starting at about 10:30 pm. Great locations to watch from include Waterfront Park, Lonsdale Quay and the Shipyards in North Vancouver. The views are good and the crowds much less crazy than in downtown Vancouver.
TIP #6: If hanging out in Lower Lonsdale until the fireworks, enjoy the evening and explore the area. There are lots of great bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
For further details about the festivities at Waterfront Park see the official North Vancouver Canada Day website.
For more information about July 1st celebrations in the area click Canada Day in North Vancouver.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- North Vancouver Bars & Restaurants
- Canada Day Events in Metro Vancouver
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s July Calendar
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Free Summer Concerts