In 2019 Vancouver celebrates Canada Day with the New Westminster Multicultural Festival, celebrations at Queen’s Park and fireworks at Westminster Quay.
New Westminster Canada Day Events
On July 1, 2019, there are Canada Day celebrations all over Metro Vancouver, including at the following three venues in New Westminster.
New Westminster Multicultural Festival
The Multicultural Festival takes place along the waterfront at Westminster Pier Park from 1:00 until 10:00 pm. It’s a free event with multicultural entertainment, ethnic foods, market vendors, dancing and community organization information booths.
Westminster Pier Park is located at #1 6th Street, so near where New Westminster’s giant red “W” sculpture can be found.
Canada Day at Queen’s Park
Canada Day celebrations also take place at Queen’s Park (at around 100 3rd Avenue) from 11:30 until 2:30 pm.
Queen’s Park is a beautiful park with walking trails, a flower garden, large playground, kids’ water play area and a petting zoo. On July 1st there is also live music in the bandstand as well as crafts and various family-friendly activities in the immediate area.
Performers at the event in 2019 include GinaLina, the Seabillys and Disco Funeral.
For a sample of the entertainment to expect, the lineup for 2018 in Queen’s Park included the following:
- 11:30 am – 5 on a String (a Vancouver-based Bluegrass band)
- 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremony and Singing of O Canada
- 12:30 pm – Roland & Emma Nipp (a father and young daughter guitar-playing duo)
- 1:05 pm – Echo Nebraska (a 5-person Folk-Rock band)
- 2:00 pm – Khac Chi Bamboo (a Vietnamese instrumental group)
- 2:25 pm – Pernell Reichert (a local Folk Music group)
See the City of New Westminster‘s website for more information.
Fireworks & Festivities at Westminster Quay
New Westminster’s Hyack Festival Society hosts Canada Day festivities at the River Market at 810 Quayside Drive from 12:00 until 10:00 pm with fireworks at the end.
The event here includes live entertainment and market vendors on the top floor of the River Market.
The schedule of events and entertainment here in 2019 is the following:
- 2:00 pm – Quayside Voices
- 3:00 pm – Bulgarian Treasure
- 3:15 pm – Honourable Guard
- 4:00 pm – Jeff Neufeld
- 5:00 pm – Carmina Bolinao
- 6:00 pm – Chinese Ribbon Dance
- 6:30 pm – Barry Wilson
- 8:00 pm – NOVA SOL
- 9:00 pm – Peter Julian
- 10:00 pm – Fireworks
See the Hyack Festival‘s website for more information.
For ideas about other things to do in the area, plus New West festivals at other times of the year, click New Westminster.
For a list of other July 1st events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Metro Vancouver on Canada Day.