Canada Day in West Vancouve

West Vancouver celebrates Canada Day with the Red & White Picnic, fireworks and live music at John Lawson Park in the afternoon and evening of July 1st.


CANADA DAY CANCELLED IN 2020

Due to concerns about public safety and the coronavirus outbreak, West Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations have been cancelled for 2020.

For details about the decision to cancel the July 1st event, see the District of West Vancouver‘s website.

Although the July 1st event in West Vancouver has been cancelled for 2020, over half a dozen other municipalities are still going ahead with celebrations, but online. The North Shore, for example, is still celebrating with a Virtual North Vancouver Canada Day Event starting at 1 pm. For details about other online events, click 2020 Metro Vancouver Virtual Canada Day Festivities.

To learn more about how the pandemic is impacting other Lower Mainland events, see our article about COVID-19, Vancouver and Event Cancellations.


North Vancouver Canada Day

West Van’s Canada Day Red and White Picnic

West Vancouver celebrates July 1st with its Red & White Picnic event at John Lawson Park. In 2019 it began at 2 pm with its Citizenship Ceremony. 2021 details are to be confirmed.

At the John Lawson event, take your picnic and something to sit on and expect to enjoy a pleasant evening of fresh air, amazing views and live entertainment.

Side One Band on July 1
SideOne at the Red & White Picnic

Canada Day Picnic Details

West Vancouver’s Canada Day Red and White Picnic takes place at John Lawson Park which is located on the waterfront at the end of 16th Street just a block or two south of Marine Drive.

There is live music and entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, and the day finishes with fireworks starting at around 10:30 pm.

John Lawson Canada Day Crowds
Red & White Picnic Crowds

Canada Day Entertainment

Here is the schedule of events at John Lawson Park for Canada Day in 2019. We expect 2021 to be similar. As mentioned above, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • 2:00 pm – Citizenship Ceremony
  • 4:30 pmSway (singing the songs of Michael Bublé)
  • 5:30 pmPlanet Rhythmics (rhythmic gymnastics demonstrations)
  • 6:00 pmWest Vancouver Youth Band
  • 6:45 pm – Singing of O Canada
  • 7:00 pmSide One
  • 10:30 pm – Fireworks

A Kids’ Zone with child-friendly activities is also usually open from around 3:00 until 9:00 pm.

Whereas the North Shore’s Canada Day festivities earlier in the day in North Vancouver attract a lot of young families, West Vancouver’s Red and White Picnic typically attracts an older crowd, although both sets of events are enjoyed by people of all ages.

Without the parade and as many kids’ activities though, there are usually fewer children at the West Vancouver event (possibly because all the activities in North Vancouver in the morning and afternoon tired them all out).

That being said, however, some of the entertainment in West Vancouver is designed for a younger adult crowd and you can expect the amazing children’s playground at John Lawson Park to be exceptionally busy during the event.

John Lawson Park
West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park

About the John Lawson Area

John Lawson Park is a beautiful park with a large open lawn, a shared covered picnic area, a fabulous children’s playground, a rocky beach and a pier that you can fish from and throw your crab traps off. John Lawson Park is also connected by a seawall to Dundarave to the west and Ambleside to the east.

While at the Red & White Picnic event, go for a stroll along the water. With views of the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, English Bay and ships going in and out from Burrard Inlet, the Ambleside to Dundarave route is one of the Lower Mainland’s nicest places to walk along the ocean. (Note: there is a section or two where you need to walk along the road, especially just before Ambleside, but for most of the way you’re close to the water.)

If you want to bring your dog to this event, then be aware that there are many areas where your furry friend is not allowed – including on the beaches and the grass.  It might be best to leave your little companion at home today.

African Breese Vancouver

Other Information

For further details about the Canada Day celebrations at John Lawson Park, see the District of West Vancouver‘s website.

For other major events in the Lower Mainland at different times of the year, check out the Festivals and Events Calendar. And for Vancouver’s next major festival which takes place on the following weekend, check out Carnaval del Sol.

For information on other July 1st events elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.

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