Lynn Valley Days is a great community festival in North Vancouver. It includes a gala, parade, entertainment, bouncy castles and family-friendly activities.
In 2022 the Gala takes place on Friday, July 15th. The parade and festival activities, meanwhile, happen on Saturday, July 16th. The Gala is an exclusive, ticketed fundraising event. Most other activities are free (except for the bouncy castles and food).
For tickets to the Gala and full details about the event see the Lynn Valley Lions Club‘s website.
Lynn Valley Days
For over 100 years North Vancouver has celebrated Lynn Valley Days. The Gala is a fancy affair with food and dancing in a giant tent at Lynn Valley Park. The next day the parade features decorated vehicles, marching bands and entries by local businesses. Also on the second day, the festival is like a carnival with face painting, dance performances, community organization information booths and various family-friendly activities.
Lynn Valley Days is hosted by the Lynn Valley Lions Club which is an awesome service organization that does lots to support the local community.
Lynn Valley Days takes place in the Lynn Valley neighbourhood of North Vancouver. The Gala and festival happen at Lynn Valley Park at 3590 Mountain Highway. The parade 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 which is just a short walk from where Lynn Valley Road meets Mountain Highway.
The Saturday usually starts with a pancake breakfast and the parade. The festivities then continue with a day full of family-friendly activities. There are dance performances and live music, plus games to play at various community booths. There are also lots of bouncy castles!
Lynn Valley Days Schedule
On the Saturday Lynn Valley Days features a pancake breakfast, parade, community festival and beer garden.
Below is the schedule of activities for 2022.
- Pancake Breakfast – the day begins on the Saturday with a pancake breakfast from 8:15 until 9:45 am.
- Lynn Valley Day Parade – the parade starts at around 9:30 am.
- Community Festival – at Lynn Valley Park there are games, bouncy castles and live entertainment running from around 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Typical activities include Maypole dancing, face painting and other family-friendly activities. Community organizations and local business also have informational booths set up.
- Beer Garden – the beer garden is for adults ages 19+. It’s open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm and admission costs $5.
Below is the entertainment schedule for 2022.
- 11:00 am – RNB Dance
- 11:40 am – I Can Dance with Miss Marnie
- 1:00 pm – Ava Music
- 2:00 pm – Mom Bop Band
- 3:30 pm – Harbourside
Lynn Valley Gala
The Gala takes place in a giant tent at Lynn Valley Park at 3590 Mountain Highway in North Vancouver. At the event there are appetizers, desserts, a bar and dancing. It’s an adults-only event. Tickets cost about $112 per person including taxes. You can also reserve a table for 10 people for around $1115.
The Gala is a lot of fun. The venue, food and live music are all excellent too. Everything is under a giant canopy, so it’s sort of outdoors, but also nice and dry if it rains. In 2022 the band is Side One, which is really good. They also play at West Vancouver’s Canada Day Celebrations every year.
The Gala runs from 5:30 pm until midnight. It’s a great event and highly recommended!
TIP: Try to find 9 other people to go with you so that you can all sit at the same table.
Note: In 2022 the event is limited to a maximum capacity of just 200 people. Next year, and in years pre-COVID, the capacity is higher.
For tickets to the Lynn Valley Gala and full details about the festival see the Lynn Valley Lions Club‘s website.
Lynn Valley Days Parade
The parade usually starts at around 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 parade, and far from the longest, but it is a good one for locals. Like other community parades throughout the region, it’s popular with young families and children. Folk from the neighbourhood get to see people they know riding on bikes and marching along.
In the parade there are decorated vehicles from local businesses, community groups and youth organizations, and lots of people walking along. From start to finish it’s less than half an hour. As soon as the parade finishes the festival activities begin in the park.
Lynn Valley Days Fair
After the parade, Lynn Valley Days activities continue with small-town, carnival-like activities until about 4:00 pm. Throughout the day there is a variety of entertainment including, in past years, dance performances, magician shows, jugglers, puppet shows and choir performances. Every year the entertainment lineup is slightly different.
At Lynn Valley Days there is also face painting and craft activities for children, plus games, bouncy castles and inflatable slides. Dozens of community organizations also have display booths with information about their services.
In 2022 Lynn Valley Days has one of the largest collections of bouncy castles we’ve ever seen! You have to buy tickets for them and each structure costs between about three and five tickets.
If you plan to visit the North Shore in mid-July, 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.
Lynn Valley Days 2022 Parade Video
To give you a good idea of what the parade looks like, check out the video below. It shows scenes of the parade from 2022.
As you’ll see in the video, the parade includes a small number of floats and entries from local community groups. There are also fire trucks, including antique ones. A couple of smaller marching bands also participate. Young families and other locals line the sidewalks to watch. What you’ll see in the video is about 20% of the entries (plus or minus) from the event in 2022.
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