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 runs from noon until 10:30 pm on July 1st.
Canada Day in Coquitlam
Lafarge Lake and other parts of Town Centre Park are the places to be on July 1st in Coquitlam. 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.
THE CIRCUS IS COMING!
The Circo Osorio Circus is in Coquitlam on July 4th to 8th. It’s great entertainment and very affordable (especially as up to two kids ages 10 and under can go free per adult paying for general admission). Click Circo Osorio 2019 for details.
What to Expect
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 Plaza Stage and Meadow Stage.
Community Plaza Stage Schedule
Below is the lineup of performances on the Plaza Stage in 2019:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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 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.