Home Best Places in the Fraser Valley Mission, British Columbia Mission Canada Day Celebrations in 2020

Mission Canada Day Celebrations in 2020

Canada Day in Mission

July 1st is usually celebrated in Mission with Canada Day birthday cake, family-friendly activities and free live entertainment at Fraser River Heritage Park.


Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the usual in-person Canada Day celebrations in Mission have been cancelled. Alternative activities to celebrate the day will be conducted online.

The 2020 virtual event is hosted by Canadian Olympic-medal winner Brent Hayden who is originally from Mission. The livestreaming starts at 10:30 am and can be watched on the District of Mission’s Facebook page and on the website mission.ca/canadaday.

Featured in the show is the singing of O Canada, the raising of the Canadian flag and an official welcome by a representative of the Leq’á:mel First Nation. Local politicians will also give short speeches, and area community organizations, frontline workers, local musicians, and other performers will be showcased.

For more details click Mission Virtual Canada Day.

North Vancouver Canada Day

Canada Day in Mission BC

In years when the event does take place, Canada Day festivities in Mission usually begin at around 8 o’clock in the morning with a pancake breakfast hosted by the local Rotary Club at the park. The party finishes fourteen hours later, at 10 o’clock at night, with fireworks at the Mission Raceway. It’s a great small-town community event, and admission is free!

Where and When

The main Canada Day celebrations usually take place at Mission’s Fraser River Heritage Park which is located at 7494 Mary Street. Activities there run from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. Mission itself is located in the Fraser Valley on the north side of the Fraser River from Abbotsford.

After the daytime event at Fraser River Heritage Park the festivities start back up again at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road. Admission to the Raceway venue is free after 8:30 pm and that’s where the fireworks blast off at 10:00.

Canada Day Crowd in Mission
Fraser River Heritage Park on Canada Day

Canada Day Activities

A lot happens on Canada Day in Mission. The day starts with a pancake breakfast that runs from 8:00 until 10:30 am. The cost for that is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Unfortunately, this will not be taking place in 2020 due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus.

It’s not until 11:00 am that the day’s main activities begin. That’s when the local Leq’á:mel First Nations do their official welcome, the Canadian flag is raised and everyone sings O Canada. Between breakfast and the opening ceremonies, however, for those that wish, there are three sessions of group yoga.

Other activities during the Canada Day event include performances by various groups like the Mission Music Rock Band, the Cascadia Wind Ensemble and Jester’s Theatre.

At the event there are also martial arts demonstrations, magic shows, lumberjack shows, fitness classes, dog agility performances and acrobatic shows at various times throughout the day.

There are pony rides, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, a soapbox derby, obstacle course races, games, craft activities and even an escape room too. Community organizations also have information booths set up around the venue.

Canada Day Festivities in Mission
Mission Canada Day Festivities

Canada Day Event Schedule

Below is the schedule of events for Mission’s Canada Day festivities in 2019. We expect 2021 details to be similar.

(Note: Times and other details are subject to change.)

  • 8:00 am – Rotary Pancake Breakfast (from 8:00 until 10:30 am)
  • 9:00 am – Yoga (Session #1)
  • 9:30 am – Yoga (Session #2)
  • 10:30 am – Yoga (Session #3)
  • 11:00 am – Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:45 am
    • Lumberjack Show
    • Cake Cutting and Pipes & Drums Band
  • 12:00 pm
    • Matsqui Fly Ball & Agility Dog Show
    • Acrobatics Show
  • 12:15 pmLearning Stars (a performance in the Gazebo)
  • 12:15 pm – Oxygen Yoga Fitness Class
  • 12:30 pmMission Punjabi Culture Club (a performance in the Gazebo)
  • 12:00 pmMission Music Rock Band (a performance on the Main Stage)
  • 1:00 pmCascadia Wind Ensemble (a performance in the Gazebo)
  • 1:15 pm – Oxygen Yoga Fitness Class
  • 1:30 pm
    • Matsqui Fly Ball & Agility Dog Show
    • Lumberjack Show
    • Can Dance Studio Dancers (a performance on the Main Stage)
    • Acrobatics Show
  • 2:00 pm
    • Suburban Swing (a performance in the Gazebo)
    • Magic Show
  • 2:15 pm – Oxygen Yoga Fitness Class
  • 2:45 pmTrue Art Dance Academy (a performance on the Main Stage)
  • 3:00 pm
    • Mission’s Talent Showcase (a performance in the Gazebo)
    • Matsqui Fly Ball & Agility Dog Show
    • Lumberjack Show
    • Magic Show
    • Acrobatics Show
  • 3:15 pm – Oxygen Yoga Fitness Class
  • 4:00 pm
    • Jester’s Theatre (a performance on the Main Stage)
    • Magic Show
  • 4:15 pmTribaleyez & Troupe al Majida Belly Dancing (in the Gazebo)

In addition to the above, martial arts demonstrations take place during most of the day, as do rock wall climbing, escape room adventures, face painting and other family-friendly activities.

Canada Day Events

Other Information

For more details about the July 1st event at Fraser River Heritage Park click Mission Canada Day 2020.

For information about similar events in other parts of the Lower Mainland click Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.

To learn more about the region, see our articles about Mission and the Fraser Valley.

For a list of major Lower Mainland events throughout the Lower Mainland, see our Festivals & Events Calendar.