Canada Day is celebrated in Coquitlam on July 1st at Town Centre Park. The free festivities include live music, family-friendly activities and fireworks.
The event usually runs from noon until 10:30 pm on July 1st. That won’t be the case in 2020, however, due to COVID-19.
CANADA DAY FESTIVITIES ONLINE
Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus the traditional Canada Day celebrations in Coquitlam have been cancelled. Instead, the city is offering online activities to celebrate the day.
Activities during the program in 2020 include an official welcoming and the singing of the national anthem. There are also contests, online activities, multicultural performances and music featuring family-friendly artists.
The event runs from noon until 7:00 pm on July 1st in 2020. The schedule of performances for the day is the following:
- 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies and O Canada
- 12:15 pm – Will Stroet (a children’s musician and entertainer)
- 1:15 pm – Performance by the Heather Jolley Highland Dancers
- 2:00 pm – Vitality (a magician and illusionist)
- 3:00 pm – Silk & Skins (a performance by the Uzume Taiko Japanese drumming group and the musical duo of Silk Road Music)
- 4:00 pm – Speed Control (a band from the Yukon)
- 6:00 pm – Fame Art Dance (a Contemporary Persian and Folk dance group)
- 6:15 pm – The Heels (a Country music band)
For more information about the event see the City of Coquitlam’s Canada Day website.
CANADA DAY ON THE NORTH SHORE
For 90 minutes of North Shore scenes and music by North Vancouver musicians Adam Woodall, the Benders, Early Spirit, Melanie Dekker and others, click Virtual Canada Day in North Vancouver. The North Shore event runs from 1:00 until 2:30 pm.
Canada Day in Coquitlam
Lafarge Lake and other parts of Town Centre Park are the places to be on July 1st in Coquitlam (at least in years when the city’s in-person Canada Day activities aren’t cancelled). Most years, although not in 2020, that’s where families, community organizations, local musicians and other entertainers come together to celebrate Canada’s birthday in a big way.
Town Centre Park is conveniently located by the Lafarge Lake – Douglas SkyTrain Station at 1205 Pinetree Way. It’s a large park that’s bordered by Pinetree Way, Guildford Way and Pipeline Road.
What to Expect
In a typical year, at Town Centre Park on July 1st expect to see thousands of people, numerous community-organization information booths and dozens of food trucks. There is also live music and kid-friendly activities.
The venue is divided up into a number of areas including the Adventure Park, Community Drive, Coquitlam Lane, Eat Street, Eco-Zone, the Meadow, Vehicle Showcase and performance stage areas.
Some of the zones are tiny, comprising only a small number of information booths. Combined though, the various sections make up a big area.
Adventure Park is open from about noon until 6 pm and that’s where you’ll find a climbing wall, bouncy castle and other fun kid-friendly adventure-type activities.
Community Drive is an area showcasing businesses and community organizations from the region. Open from 12 until 6 pm, it’s also where federal and provincial politicians hang out and shake hands.
Coquitlam Lane features booths from a small number of municipal organizations including the local recreational facilities and animal shelter. It’s also where a member or two of Coquitlam City Council are sometimes available for photo opportunities and chats. Coquitlam Lane operates from noon until 8:30 pm.
Eat Street, as the name suggests, is where the festival’s food trucks are located. There are close to 20 of them selling everything from Ukrainian perogies to ice cream and bubble tea. The food trucks are open for business from noon until 10 pm.
The Eco-Zone is where sustainability and environmental initiatives are showcased and the Meadow is the place for arts and cultural organizations. Both are open from noon until around 8 pm.
The Vehicle Showcase is where you can find information about the RCMP, Coquitlam Fire & Rescue and Tri-City Speed Watch. Chances are you might even be able to sit in a vehicle (or at least take photos of your kids beside one)!
There are two stages where live entertainment takes place on Canada Day at Town Centre Park. There is the main Community Plaza Stage and Celebrate Stage.
Community Plaza Stage Schedule
Below is the lineup of performances on the Community Plaza Stage in 2019. We expect 2021 details to be similar. In 2020 the celebrations are online and won’t be running for as long as in a typical year. A number of musicians, however, are still performing.
- 12:00 pm – Opening by the Carnival Band
- 12:15 pm – Opening Ceremonies by Coastal Sound Music Academy
- 2:00 pm – The Blues Berries with Dawn Pemberton
- 3:30 pm – Coco Jafro
- 5:00 pm – Krystle Dos Santos
- 6:30 pm – SoundTrack Canada
- 8:30 pm – Ten Souljers
Celebrate Stage Schedule
Below you will find the schedule for the Celebrate Stage for 2019. We expect 2021 details to be similar.
- 1:00 pm – Vancouver Chinese Lion Dance Team
- 1:30 pm – Tradición Mexicana
- 2:45 pm – Sweet Pan Entertainment
- 4:15 pm – Blackthorn
- 5:45 pm – Karima Essa
- 7:30 pm – Aché Brasil
Check out these entertainers who will be roving around throughout the festivities. We expect 2021 details to be similar.
- 12:00 pm to 2:15 pm – The Disco Queens
- 2:30 pm to 4:45 pm – The Can-Do’s
- 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm – Lumber Jacques
Canada Day Fireworks
The Canada Day celebrations at Town Centre Park usually end with fireworks which blast off by Lafarge Lake at the south end of the park starting at 10 pm.
As the pyrotechnics are at Lafarge Lake, which isn’t huge, spectators can watch from all around the shore and the lights sparkle in the water’s reflection. It’s a beautiful show.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and useful information to help you make the most out of your Coquitlam Canada Day experience.
TIP # 1: Take public transit if you can. The Lafarge Lake – Douglas SkyTrain Station is just a short walk from the venue and there will be thousands of people fighting for parking spaces.
TIP # 2: If not too difficult to carry, consider taking a blanket or lawn chair to sit on while you enjoy the music.
TIP # 3: While at the park, go for a stroll around Lafarge Lake. It’s a beautiful spot! Also, if you have kids, take their bathing suits for the waterpark play area.
For more information about the July 1st celebrations at Town Centre Park, click Coquitlam Canada Day Celebrations.
To learn more about the area, click City of Coquitlam.
For a list of Canada Day events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Metro Vancouver on Canada Day.