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Canada Day Celebrations at Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place

Metro Vancouver’s largest Canada Day event usually happens downtown at and around Canada Place. The party includes concerts and loads of fun!

The Canada Day event returned with in-person concerts and celebrations in 2022. However, the event was different from what it was before the pandemic. There were no fireworks that year and there weren’t any either in 2023 as Vancouver’s annual July 1st pyrotechnic show has now been permanently cancelled.

 


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Canada Day at Canada Place | Canada Day Boat Parties | Entertainment Schedule | Canada Day Fireworks | Other Information


 

Click on any of the above links to jump to specific information, or continue reading to learn all about Vancouver’s July 1st celebrations at Canada Place.

 

North Shore Canada Day

 


CANADA DAY OUTSIDE THE ART GALLERY

In addition to all the activities that take place around Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre on July 1st, another free event happens just up the road outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival is a great event and in 2023 it ran from June 30th until July 8th (but with its biggest activities on the July 1st to July 3rd long weekend).


 

Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival

 

Canada Day at Vancouver’s Canada Place

On Canada Day there are family-friendly activities by the waterfront all day, including at Canada Place and around the Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza.

The event in 2022 returned with in-person celebrations and is now named Canada Together. Activities were organized with local Indigenous communities and the theme was “Weaving together the fabric of a nation” that year. That same theme continued during the Canada Day festivities in 2023.

The Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place were arguably the largest July 1st celebrations in the country after Ottawa (or at least they were in years when there were fireworks). In past years there have been tens if not hundreds of thousands of people at the festivities. There is also great music and a festive atmosphere.

For information about Canada Day events at Canada Place and downtown Vancouver, see below. Or, for information on July 1st events throughout the region, click Lower Mainland Canada Day Celebrations. To learn about festivities elsewhere within the City of Vancouver, see our article about Granville Island on Canada Day.

 

Canada Day at Canada Place
Canada Day by the Vancouver Convention Centre

 

Activities at Canada Place

To celebrate the country’s birthday, Canada Place hosted family-friendly activities from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm on July 1st in 2023.

This past year’s Canada Together event featured live performances throughout the day. The entertainment lineup included Tegan & Sara, The Fugitives, Pat Chessell, Murray Porter, Missy D, Michaela Slinger, Tayos, 24 Strings, and more.

On this celebratory day, food trucks are along Canada Place Way between Howe and Thurlow. There is a Kids’ Zone in Jack Poole Plaza with kid-friendly entertainers, a dance party and other fun activities. The event also features Indigenous carving and weaving displays made by local artists.

 

Vancouver Cruises Canada Day Yacht Party

 


CANADA DAY BOAT PARTIES

An exceptional way to enjoy Canada Day is out on the water on a party boat cruise. Vancouver Boat Parties offers popular nightclub-style Canada Day cruises most years for adults ages 19+. Another company with events out on the water is Vancouver Cruises.


 

Canada Day Latin Boat Cruise

Canada Day Bollywood Dinner Cruise

 

Entertainment Schedule

Live entertainment takes place on three stages during the Canada Place July 1st event. Below was the schedule for 2023. We expect a similar entertainment schedule for the Canada Day celebrations in 2024, although exact details are to be confirmed.

 

On the Main Stage (in 2023)

  • 11:00 am – Indigenous Blessing and Welcome
  • 11:05 am – Tsleil-Waututh Warriors
  • 11:45 am – Pat Chessell
  • 12:25 pm – Eagle Song Dancers (Spakwus Slolem)
  • 1:05 pm – Adam Woodall Band
  • 1:55 pm – Murray Porter
  • 2:50 pm – Zaki Ibrahim
  • 3:50 pm – The Fugitives
  • 4:55 pm – Tegan & Sara

 

On the North Point Stage (in 2023)

  • 12:30 pm – Indigenous Blessing and Welcome
  • 12:40 pm – Vancouver School of Rock
  • 1:20 pm – Michaela Slinger
  • 1:55 pm – Bukola
  • 2:30 pm – 24 Strings
  • 3:05 pm – Kardias Quing
  • 3:45 pm – Tayos
  • 4:25 pm – DJ O Show Set

 

On the Kids’ Stage (in 2023)

  • 12:30 pm – Indigenous Blessing and Welcome
  • 12:35 pm – Rock’N’Beau Dance Party
  • 12:55 pm – Nations Storytime
  • 1:15 pm – Mom Bop
  • 1:50 pm – Storytime
  • 2:05 pm – Vancouver Performing Stars
  • 2:40 pm – Rock’N’Beau Dance Party
  • 3:00 pm – Nations Storytime
  • 3:20 pm – Rock’N’Beau Dance Party and Mascot Dance-Off
  • 3:45 pm – Nations Storytime
  • 4:05 pm – Perry Ehrlich’s Showstoppers
  • 4:40 pm – Rock’N’Beau Dance Party

 

Canada Day Crowds at Convention Centre

 

The Canada Day Fireworks

In past years, pre-COVID-19, fireworks used to be launched starting at about 10:30 pm off a barge in Burrard Inlet a ways off Canada Place. The show typically lasted for about 20 minutes. The fireworks didn’t happen in 2020, 2021 or 2022. In 2023 the organizers of the event announced that the fireworks were permanently cancelled (so they likely won’t ever happen again, at least not near Canada Place).

 


OTHER FIREWORKS VENUES

Many other communities around the Lower Mainland also have evening fireworks most years including in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, New Westminster, West Vancouver and White Rock.

Click Lower Mainland Fireworks for information about other Canada Day fireworks venues.

For information about Vancouver’s biggest fireworks events of the year (which happen at the end of July), see our article about the Honda Celebration of Light.


 

Other Information

For more information on activities downtown and around Canada Place on July 1st, see the official Canada Place website.

To learn about Vancouver’s other main July 1st festivities, see our article about Canada Day at Granville Island.

For more details on Canada Day events in other places, click Lower Mainland Canada Day Celebrations.

And for other festivals and major events in Metro Vancouver at different times of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar.

 

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