Lynn Valley Days is a community festival in North Vancouver that includes a parade, bouncy castles and family-friendly activities.
2020 FESTIVAL & PARADE CANCELLED
Because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynn Valley Days has been cancelled for 2020. That means that there will be no parade or family-friendly activities this year. Hopefully the event will be back in 2021.
For more details about the cancellation, see the Lynn Valley Lions Club website.
Lynn Valley Days
Last year Lynn Valley Days took place June 21st and 22nd. In 2020 the Gala was scheduled to take place on June 12th and both the parade and festival on June 13th. All events have been cancelled, however, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In years when it does happen, the Lynn Valley Gala usually takes place on the Friday and the carnival and parade on the Saturday.
For over 100 years the community has celebrated the event, which includes a parade, face painting, dance performances, community organization information booths and various festive activities.
Lynn Valley Days is a great family day event. It’s a community event, so nothing fancy – no giant rock concerts, roller coasters, Hollywood celebrities or fireworks displays. Everything is pretty basic, but still lots of fun, especially for young children.
Lynn Valley Days Location
Lynn Valley Days takes place in the Lynn Valley neighbourhood of North Vancouver. The festival happens at Lynn Valley Park at 3590 Mountain Highway following the parade which runs along Lynn Valley Road before turning up Mountain Highway.
Lynn Valley Days Activities
At Lynn Valley Days the majority of activities take place at Lynn Valley Park, just a short walk from where Lynn Valley Road meets Mountain Highway.
Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast and the parade, and then continues with a day full of family-focused activities.
Lynn Valley Days Schedule
On the Saturday Lynn Valley Days features a pancake breakfast, parade, community festival and beer garden.
Below is the schedule from 2019. The schedule will likely be similar in 2021.
- Pancake Breakfast – the day began on the Saturday with a pancake breakfast from about 8:15 until 9:45 am.
- Lynn Valley Day Parade – the parade started around 9:30 am.
- Community Festival – at Lynn Valley Park there were games, bouncy castles and live entertainment running from around 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Typical activities included Maypole dancing, a puppet show, a magic show, juggling acts, face painting and other family-friendly activities. Community organizations and local business also had informational booths set up.
- Beer Garden – the beer garden is for adults ages 19+. Last year it was open from 3:00 until 9:00 pm and admission cost $5. We anticipate that 2021 details will be similar.
Lynn Valley Days Parade
The parade usually starts at 9:30 am at the corner of Lynn Valley Road and Mollie Nye Way near the Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre. It goes along Lynn Valley Road and then turns up Mountain Highway, finishing at Lynn Valley Park by Frederick Road.
The Lynn Valley Days parade isn’t the Lower Mainland’s largest or most spectacular parade, but it is a good one. Like other community parades throughout the region, it’s a hit with young families and children.
In the parade there are trucks from local businesses and community groups with pompoms on them and lots of people walking along. Candy and small gifts are usually given out along the way, which for some kids makes the event even better than a Disneyland parade!
Lynn Valley Days Festival
After the parade, Lynn Valley Days activities continue with small town carnival-like activities until about 4:00 pm. Throughout the day there are a variety of entertainment including dance performances, magician shows, jugglers, puppet shows and choir performances.
At Lynn Valley Days there is also face painting and craft activities for children, plus games and rides including bouncy castles, inflatable slides, bungee contraptions and sometimes even a mechanical bull. Dozens of community organizations also have display booths with information about their services.
If you plan to visit the North Shore in mid-June, and you have young children, then definitely check out the Lynn Valley Days activities. And while you’re in the area, consider visiting some of North Vancouver’s world-famous attractions, including Lynn Canyon Park with its free suspension bridge right close by.
For more activities to check out while in the area, check out the North Shore.