Abbotsford celebrates Canada Day with a morning parade and then festival activities including free concerts and fireworks at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
Celebrations in 2021 took place in a drive-thru format due to COVID-19. In 2022 the Canada Day event returns with in-person celebrations.
Abbotsford on July 1st
Abbotsford hosts a number of great events throughout the year including the Abbotsford Agrifair (on the August Long Weekend) and Abbotsford Airshow (in mid-August). Another great event is the Canada Day parade and festival on July 1st each year.
Canada Day celebrations in Abbotsford normally begin with the parade along South Fraser Way. Local residents then make their way to Abbotsford Exhibition Park for live entertainment and family-friendly activities. The festivities finish with fireworks.
Canada Day in Abbotsford
The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2021 the festivities took place as a drive-thru event at the Abbotsford TRADEX Centre. In 2022 Canada Day celebrations in Abbotsford return to normal. This year the day begins with a parade at 11:00 am followed by fun family-friendly activities at Abbotsford Exhibition Park from 1:00 to 10:00 pm. There are interactive play zones, food trucks and live music and entertainment to enjoy. Festivities conclude with a fireworks display at 10:00 pm.
Except for the parade, everything takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park which is located at 32470 Haida Drive.
Abbotsford Exhibition Park is a big venue bordered by Haida Drive, Trethewey Street and Maclure Road. Most of the festival activities usually take place in the south half of the park (so closer to Maclure Road than to Haida Drive).
Abbotsford Canada Day Parade
In 2022 the Abbotsford Canada Day parade begins at 11 o’clock at the corner of South Fraser Way and Ware Street. The parade route goes west from there along South Fraser Way, turns north up Trethewey Street and then finishes at Maclure Road near Exhibition Park.
The parade typically includes classic cars, vintage farm equipment, street performers, clowns, local politicians waving at the crowd, marching bands and the occasional float. It’s a relatively large parade, with entries fairly spread out along the route. The parade and its participants always have a distinctly agricultural and “farm community” flavour to it.
In 2022 the parade is also available to watch from home, which is great for folks who would rather celebrate remotely. The parade is scheduled to be livestreamed on the City of Abbotsford‘s YouTube Channel.
Canada Day Festival
After the parade, from 1:00 until 10:00 pm, Abbotsford Exhibition Park usually gets filled with people, vendors and community organization stalls, and activities for all ages.
In 2022 the venue is divided up into a number of areas including the following:
- Abbotsford Canucks Zone – an opportunity to meet some players from the team.
- Agrifair Zone – a promotional area for the Abbotsford Agrifair where you can go on hay rides, admire a demolition derby car and more.
- Blackwood Sand Zone – an area where folk can make their own sandcastles and play in the sand from 1 until 5 pm.
- Prospera Cool Zone – a fun area with competitive board games like Jenga, checkers and more.
- Read. Learn. Play Zone – where you’ll find representatives from the local public library as well as crafts and book-related activities.
- Recycle Zone – an area to learn and participate in recycling and composting activities.
Other areas on the festival grounds include the Jump Zone, Dinozone, Dog Zone, Slide Zone and Airshow Zone (where you can make and test paper planes).
Community Stage Schedule
In addition to the above festival activities, the Canada Day celebrations at Abbotsford Exhibition Park feature free outdoor cultural entertainment in the afternoon and concerts in the evening.
Below is a list of the entertainers and groups performing on the Community Stage in 2022.
- 1:15 pm – Jenna Alamwala
- 1:30 pm – Barry Wilson
- 2:00 pm – Navdeep Talhan Randhawa
- 2:30 pm – Thistle Dew
- 3:00 pm – Shilpa Shankar
- 3:30 pm – Sherry Duggal
- 4:00 pm – Mark Sullivan and Andy Hillhouse
- 4:30 pm – Brander Raven McDonald
- 6:30 pm – The Springmans
- 7:15 pm – JML
- 8:30 pm – Ashley Pater
- 9:15 pm – Mauvey
Abbotsford Canada Day Fireworks
A number of Canada Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland feature evening fireworks. There are usually pyrotechnic shows in Vancouver off a barge near Canada Place (although not in 2022), as well as at July 1st events in Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Surrey.
Abbotsford too finishes its Canada Day event with its own fireworks displays starting at 10:00 pm.
For further details about the July 1st event at Exhibition Park, click Abbotsford Canada Day.
- To learn more about the town and surrounding area, click Abbotsford or Fraser Valley.
- For a list of August Long Weekend events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Canada Day Events.
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