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Canada Day in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District

Canada Day Man at Waterfront Park

One of the best places to celebrate Canada Day with friends and family is at Waterfront Park and the Lower Lonsdale District of North Vancouver.

If you like car shows, climbing walls, free entertainment and kid-friendly activities, it’s the place to be on July 1st, at least in years where there isn’t a global pandemic.

Note: This article is about what Canada Day is like in the Lower Lonsdale District in typical years, so ones without COVID-19. To learn about what’s happening in 2021, click 2021 North Vancouver Virtual Event or see the Rotary Club of Lions Gate’s website.


North Shore Canada Day 2021



The North Shore’s Canada Day event is taking place online in 2021. For the second consecutive year, in-person celebrations won’t be happening. Instead, starting at 1 o’clock on July 1st, North Shore musicians and local acts are performing on Facebook and YouTube livestreams.

Although Canada Day won’t be the same as usual in 2021 because of COVID-19, that doesn’t mean that it won’t still be a lot of fun! In fact, it’s looking like it’ll still be pretty impressive, at least on the North Shore!

Click North Vancouver Virtual Canada Day Celebrations for details.


Lower Lonsdale on Canada Day

North Vancouver’s main Canada Day festivities usually take place at Waterfront Park between noon and 4:00 pm on July 1st. In 2021 the online event starts at 1:00 pm.

Waterfront Park is just a 5-minute walk west of Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus terminal. At the park on Canada Day, in a typical year, 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 usually a car show. At Lonsdale Quay, there is also free live music in the plaza most years in the late afternoon.

If you’re looking for a variety of free things to do on Canada Day, North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District is a great place to go. It’s a beautiful spot and there’s so much going on!


North Vancouver Canada Day Band
Live Canada Day Music at Waterfront Park


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.

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).

In 2021, at the online event, performers include Andrea Superstein, Adam Woodall, The Benders, Brockton World MusicMelanie Dekker and  Joel Eddington, all of which are fairly well-known figures in North Vancouver.


North Vancouver on Canada Day
Scenes of Canada Day in 2019


Canada Day Video

The following video was taken on Canada Day at Waterfront Park in 2019. As you’ll see, it’s an event full of food, music and family-friendly activities.

Featured in the video are the Marcus Mosely Chorale, a dance group from Pro Arté and the JP Fell Pipe Band.




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.

Some of the event sponsors of the online event in 2020 included Vancouver’s Best Places, Adaptive Marketing, Lonsdale Quay, Re/Max Crest Realty, Neptune Terminals and Western Stevedoring, among others. The Federal Canadian Government, City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver were also very important financial supporters, both in 2020 and in the past.

Lions Gate Rotary


Canada Day at the Shipyards

In addition to all the afternoon festivities at Waterfront Park, on Canada Day there is sometimes a car show at Shipbuilders’ Square. In 2019 there was also a Canadian naval ship at Burrard Dry ier for people to explore.

The car show celebrated its 7th anniversary at the Shipyards in 2019 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 last year and offered free tours between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Note: Activities at the Shipyards on July 1st are not related to the festivities hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate at Waterfront Park.


HCMS Winnipeg Navy Ship at Shipbuilders' Pier
HMCS Winnipeg at Shipbuilders’ Pier


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.

Karen Fowlie & The Originals performed last year from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. The VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir then took the stage from 3:15 until 5:15.

Note: Canada Day activities at Lonsdale Quay are not related to the Rotary Club of Lions Gate-hosted festivities at Waterfront Park.


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: North Vancouver also has a Canada Day Parade. In years when there isn’t a global pandemic, the parade 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 #2: 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 are always great. Especially if you have young children, Waterfront Park is definitely where you’ll want to spend the afternoon.

TIP #3: 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 12;00 and 4:00 pm (at least in years when the event is live and people attend in person).


Free Outdoor Concerts


TIP #4: The public market at Lonsdale Quay usually closes at around 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 (in years where there isn’t COVID-19). 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.


Lonsdale Quay on Canada Day
Canada Day at Lonsdale Quay


Other Information

To learn more about the festivities at Waterfront Park see the official North Vancouver Canada Day website.

For information about the virtual event, click Canada Day Reimagined.

For more information about July 1st celebrations in the area in a typical year, see our main article about Canada Day in North Vancouver.

To learn more about the area see our articles about Lower Lonsdale, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver and the North Shore.

Other articles that might be of interest include the following:




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