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 wasn’t the case in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19. However, the event returns with its normal in-person celebrations in 2022.
Canada Day in Coquitlam
Lafarge Lake and other parts of Town Centre Park are the places to be on July 1st in Coquitlam. Most years, 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.
In 2021, a drive-thru parade was going to take place on Canada Day. Rather than watching floats cruise down a street, residents were going to be able to drive past stationary performances. However, we believe the drive-thru parade part of the festivities was cancelled. Pre-recorded demonstrations, entertainment and more was supposed to be available online from July 1st to the 5th.
In 2022, the Canada Day event returns with in-person celebrations on July 1st at Town Centre Park. Similar to years prior to the pandemic, the event starts at noon and concludes with a fireworks display at 10:00 pm.
What to Expect
At Town Centre Park on July 1st expect to see thousands of people, numerous community-organization information booths and several food trucks. There is also live music and kid-friendly activities.
The venue is divided up into a number of areas including Adventure Games, Coquitlam Lane, Eat Street, Eco Zone and the Meadow.
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 Games is where you’ll find fun kid-friendly adventure-type activities.
Coquitlam Lane features booths from a small number of municipal organizations including the local recreational and parks facilities. It’s also where you’ll find a photo booth and tree giveaways.
Eat Street, as the name suggests, is where the festival’s food trucks are located. 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 and where you can see live performances.
Inspiration Garden is the Tree Spree hub that features a scavenger hunt, educational activities, a selfie station, tree giveaway and more.
There are two stages where live entertainment takes place on Canada Day at Town Centre Park. There is the main TD Community Plaza Stage and Meadow Stage.
TD Community Plaza Stage Schedule
Below is the lineup of performances on the TD Community Plaza Stage in 2022.
- 12:00 pm – Now or Never Crew
- 12:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies with Coastal Sound Children’s Choir
- 1:15 pm – PRC Fitness Team
- 3:00 pm – Ginalina
- 5:00 pm – Locarno
- 8:30 pm – Trilojay
Meadow Stage Schedule
Below you will find the schedule for the Meadow Stage for 2022.
- 1:45 pm – North Shore Celtic Ensemble
- 4:00 pm – Cheonji
- 6:45 pm – RainCity
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.