Due to COVID-19, Burnaby’s official Canada Day celebrations were cancelled for the second consecutive year in 2021. Fortunately, the in-person celebrations return in 2022.
Click any of the following to jump to a specific Burnaby Canada Day venue, or continue reading to learn about all of Burnaby’s annual Canada Day celebrations:
July 1st in Burnaby
Canada Day celebrations at Burnaby Village usually run from about 11:00 am to 4:30 pm and make for an entertaining time to visit the historic outdoor museum.
Festivities at Edmonds Plaza and Park are fairly small and simple and typically run from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.
The largest celebrations usually happen at Swangard Stadium from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. In 2022 the evening festivities in Burnaby move to Civic Square, Central Boulevard and Central Park.
All three of the above events are free. Take your pick!
Canada Day at Burnaby Village
Canada Day festivities at Burnaby Village Museum were cancelled for 2020 and again in 2021. The celebrations return in 2022.
The extra festivities run from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm. They include old-fashioned games, face painting, interesting displays, live entertainment and Canada Day birthday cupcakes.
The festivities at Burnaby Village are Burnaby’s “official” Canada Day celebrations. They are free and both fun and educational. Burnaby Village Museum is also a great place to explore on a regular day, so all the extra activities make July 1st an especially fine day to visit.
Burnaby Village Entertainment
Below is the performance schedule for July 1st at Burnaby Village in 2022. Details are subject to change.
- 11:05 am – Coastal Wolf Pack
- 11:20 am – Rene Hugo Sanchez and Friends
- 11:45 am, 12:25 pm & 1:15 pm – The Boytles
- 12:30 pm – Silk Roads Music
- 12:30 pm – Chinese Fan & Ribbon Dancing with Jessica
- 2:00 & 3:15 pm – Dave Martone
- 2:45 pm – Shari Ulrich
Burnaby Village is located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue just off Canada Way at the edge of Deer Lake Park.
TIP: Deer Lake is beautiful. Take a picnic to enjoy the park either before or after visiting Burnaby Village Museum. Also take good walking shoes for a stroll around the lake, and maybe even your swimsuit for paddling at the beach.
For more information about the museum, click Burnaby Village.
For further details about the July 1st event, click Burnaby Village on Canada Day.
Canada Day at Edmonds Plaza
Canada Day in the Plaza at Edmonds Community Centre was cancelled for 2020 and in 2021 as well. Fortunately, the celebrations return in 2022.
The event is usually a fairly simple affair. The festivities take place at 7433 Edmonds Street. In 2022 the event includes various family-friendly activities and community booths between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. There’s also an indoor volleyball tournament for teenagers from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.
Listed below is the 2022 stage entertainment schedule.
- 11:00 am – Opening Ceremony
- 11:30 am – Traditional Thai Dancers
- 11:50 am – Kavital Dance School
- 12:20 pm – Rainshadow
- 1:00 pm – Stephen Scaccia
- 1:30 pm – Deborah Baker from Squamish Nation
- 2:00 pm – Rainshadow
Canada Day at Civic Square & Central Park
Swangard Stadium is where the after-party to the Canada Day festivities took place in previous years. In 2022 the evening of fun is held at Burnaby Civic Square, Central Park, and along Central Boulevard.
The free event runs from 7:00 to 10:15 pm and features free concerts and a firework display. In 2022 there are multiple stages with live performances. There is also a beer garden and other fun zones with various things to do.
The 2022 entertainment schedule for the main stage in Central Park is listed below.
- 6:45 pm – Alex Cuba
- 7:45 pm – Bif Naked
- 8:45 pm – Speeches & Welcome
- 9:00 pm – k-os
- 10:00 pm – Fireworks
Central Boulevard is where you’ll find the StreetFest activities in 2022. Entertainers include the Wilson Gibbons Duo, Leah Barley, Raagaverse, Sam Chimes & Baylie Adams, and more. The family zone in Civic Square features another stage for kids.
The 2022 kids stage schedule is listed below.
- 6:30 pm – Ginalina Band
- 7:30 pm – The Big Topp Show
- 8:40 pm – Lumadrome – The Circus of Tomorrow
TIP: Arrive early for the event to improve your chances of finding parking, and then go explore the park’s forested trails. Take a picnic, and maybe even your swimsuit for a swim in the Central Park outdoor pool.
To learn more about Canada Day in Burnaby, see the City of Burnaby‘s website.
For Canada Day events elsewhere in Metro Vancouver, check out Canada Day in the Lower Mainland.
For other major events in the Lower Mainland at different times of the year, check out the Festivals and Events Calendar.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Burnaby Village Museum
- Vancouver’s July Calendar of Events
- History and Culture in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver Activities for Children