Canada Day parades, fireworks and other July 1st events are held in Vancouver, Steveston Village, North Vancouver and other locations.
More top venues include Vancouver’s Canada Place, West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park, Burnaby’s Swanguard Stadium and Burnaby Village Museum, Surrey‘s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre Park, Coquitlam’s Lafarge Park, Fort Langley, Whistler Village and the list goes on.
Canada Day Events in the Lower Mainland
Canada Day takes place on July 1st each year and throughout the Lower Mainland there are celebrations of all kinds including pancake breakfasts, parades, live entertainment and fireworks.
To learn about all Canada Day events and activities in Metro Vancouver, see below. For information about where to see fireworks, click July 1st Fireworks.
Below is the schedule of Canada Day events and locations for 2018. We expect 2019 to have a similar lineup. Click any of the links below to jump to a venue of interest, or scroll down to see all locations.
Canada Day at Canada Place
The area around Canada Place in downtown Vancouver is without a doubt one of the best (and busiest) places to be on July 1st. The parade is only a 10-minute walk from there, and the evening fireworks are right next door in Coal Harbour.
The festivities at Canada Place claim to be the second largest Canada Day celebrations on the globe, next only to those in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. There are live performances at Canada Place all day, and thousands of people.
At the Canada Place celebrations, in addition to evening fireworks, there are free outdoor concerts. Bands in 2016 included Aaron Pritchett and Sheena Easton, as well as Vancouver’s own Barney Bentall. In 2017 there was the Sam Roberts Band. For 2018, the headliner band was JoJo Mason, a Canadian country music creater and performer with hits including Red Dress, Good Kinda Love, and It’s All Good. For 2019, two Vancouver based bands, Bitterly Divine and Blonde Diamond, will be performing, along with many other amazing artists.
For more information on July 1st activities at this venue, click Canada Day at Canada Place.
Canada Day Vancouver Fireworks
Best places to watch the fireworks at night on Canada Day are anywhere along the water in Coal Harbour, including Canada Place, around the Convention Centre, or anywhere along the Coal Harbour seawall between the Convention Centre and the Vancouver-facing side of Stanley Park.
Views of the fireworks are also really good from North Vancouver, including from Lonsdale Quay, the pier by Shipbuilder’s Square and Waterfront Park.
Check out the Canada Day at Canada Place website for more information on the day’s activities downtown.
Vancouver Canada Day Parade
2018 VANCOUVER PARADE WAS CANCELLED!
Note: Vancouver’s Canada Day parade for 2018 was cancelled! As of this time we are unsure about the scheduling and planning for the 2019 parade, it is unlikely it will happen but please check back for updates.
Canada Day in Abbotsford
Abbotsford celebrates July 1st with a parade, outdoor concerts, festival activities and fireworks at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. The parade starts at 11 am, the festival runs from 1 until 10 pm, and the fireworks blast off at 10 o’clock.
Click Canada Day in Abbotsford for details.
Canada Day in Burnaby
Most years free Canada Day festivities in Burnaby take place at Burnaby Village Museum, Edmonds Community Centre and Swangard Stadium.
The Burnaby Village event runs from 11 am to 4:30 pm and is both educational and fun, especially for families and children.
Smaller and fairly simple family-friendly celebrations also take place at Edmonds Community Centre outdoors at 7433 Edmonds Street between 11 am and 4:30 pm.
At Swangard Stadium free concerts begin at 6:30 pm and the fireworks start at dusk.
See Canada Day in Burnaby for more details on activities at each venue.
Canada Day in Coquitlam
Coqitlam’s Canada Day festivities take place at Lafarge Lake not far from the Lafarge-Lake Douglas SkyTrain Station from 12:00 until 10:30 pm.
The free family-friendly celebrations in Coquitlam typically include food trucks, community information booths, outdoor concerts and evening fireworks.
Click Coquitlam on Canada Day for more information.
Canada Day in Fort Langley
Fort Langley celebrates Canada Day at the historic fort with birthday cake and other family-friendly activities. The nearby BC Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum and Langley Centennial Museum are both also open on July 1st.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the festivities in town were bigger than usual. In 2018 it was back to a smaller event like most other years.
Click Canada Day at Fort Langley for details.
Canada Day in Maple Ridge
July 1st celebrations at the Memorial Peace Park usually run from 12:30 in the early afternoon until 6:00 in the evening.
Things to enjoy at the free event include the farmers market, pony rides, community BBQ, family games and a multicultural parade. Decorate your bike in full Canadian style and participate in the parade – all ages welcome.
In 2018 the day included live concerts, with the finale performed by the R&B All Stars at 4:45 pm.
The day finishes at 6:00 with a Canada Day Flyover and the singing of Happy Birthday to Canada!!!
For more details click Maple Ridge.
Canada Day in New Westminster
New Westminster had a few events taking place on July 1st.
The New Westminster Multicultural Festival is put on by the New Westminster Philippine Festival Society. Free family-friendly activities happen at Pier Park between 3:00 and 10:00 pm.
The official New Westminster Canada Day event happens at Queens Park. Crafts, live music and family-friendly activities run from 11:30 until 3:00 pm.
Another annual event takes place on Canada Day in New Westminster – the Hyack Festival’s market and evening fireworks. The pyrotechnics start at 10 pm and live entertainment runs until 11 pm.
Click Canada Day in New Westminster for further details about the above three events.
Canada Day in North Vancouver
In North Vancouver on July 1st there is a parade in the morning and a festival in the afternoon. In 2017, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, there were also free concerts at Waterfront Park in the evening, but not in 2018.
Click North Van July 1st Celebrations for full details about the afternoon festivities in 2018.
North Van Canada Day Parade
Canada Day celebrations on the North Shore begin with a parade from about 10 am. The parade route goes along 13th Street from Grand Boulevard before heading down 17th Street via Lonsdale Avenue to Mahon Park. The best place to view the procession is by 14th and Lonsdale, although this is also the most crowded.
Canada Day at Waterfront Park
North Vancouver’s main Canada Day celebrations are an afternoon event, with family-friendly activities and entertainment on July 1st at Waterfront Park, which is just a short walk from the Seabus terminal at Lonsdale Quay.
At the North Vancouver Canada Day celebrations there is an artisan craft market, kids’ activities, food vendors, dancers, live music, bagpipes and other performances by local Vancouver and North Shore talent.
If you plan to be on the North Shore in the afternoon on July 1st and want to celebrate Canada’s birthday, then Waterfront Park is the place to be.
Click North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations for more information.
Note: the festivities at Waterfront Park go from noon until around 4 pm most years. In 2017, however, at the same venue there was a fabulous line-up of evening concerts including The Powder Blues! Click North Shore July 1st 2017 Concerts for details.
Canada Day in Port Moody
Canada Day celebrations at Rocky Point Park are from 11 am until 11 pm. Family-friendly activities include an import car show, boat rides and live entertainment all day. In 2018, Barnie Bentall & the Legendary Hearts performed an evening concert starting at 9:15 pm.
Note: Port Moody’s Canada Day festivities are actually part of that community’s larger 4-day Golden Spike Days festival that takes place over 4 days during the July Long Weekend.
Click Port Moody for more information.
Steveston Village Salmon Festival
One of the best times to visit historic Steveston Village in Richmond is on Canada Day when the community attracts up to 70,000 people to its Salmon Festival which features a pancake breakfast, parade, Japanese cultural fair, craft fair, music concerts and a world famous salmon BBQ.
Check out the Steveston Salmon Festival for more information.
Canada Day in Surrey
Some of the largest celebrations in the Lower Mainland take place at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey at 176th Street and 64th Avenue. As with most other top Canada Day festival venues, admission is free. There are, however, amusement rides for which tickets cost about $1.25 and each ride requires between 1 and 6 tickets.
In addition to all the midway rides, games and food vendors, the Surrey Canada Day event also features live music concerts throughout the day, finishing with the star attraction at the end, just before the fireworks which start at about 10:15.
For more information, check out Surrey Canada Day Festivities.
West Van Red & White Picnic
West Vancouver hosts its Canada Day celebrations at John Lawson Park, with the District’s Red and White Picnic running from the late afternoon until the end of the fireworks. At this community event participants are invited to bring their lawn chairs and picnic dinners and enjoy a variety of live entertainment performances.
While fireworks take off from a barge in the water off Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, a similar barge on the waters just off West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park is the site for a second series of pyrotechnics. Places to watch the display include the beaches at Ambleside, John Lawson Park and Dundarave.
Click Red & White Picnic for more information on the West Vancouver Canada Day celebrations.
Canada Day in Whistler
Less than a two-hour drive from Vancouver, more fabulous Canada Day celebrations take place up at Whistler.
On July 1st most years there’s a pancake breakfast, parade and a free outdoor performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Also in the afternoon there are art displays and live music throughout the village in the later part of the afternoon. Fireworks blast off from the top of the mountain at the end of the day.
For more information on Canada Day and other July long weekend events, click Whistler on the Canada Day Weekend.
Canada Day in White Rock
Canada Day by the Bay happens on White Rock’s West Beach between 11:30 am and 10:30 pm. Activities there include a sandcastle-building competition, free concerts, family-friendly activities and fireworks.
Click White Rock for more information.
For other major events in the Lower Mainland at different times of the year, check out the Festivals and Events Calendar.