Canada Day festivities in Maple Ridge usually happen at the Memorial Peace Park and ACT Art Centre on July 1st. In 2020 it’s an online event instead.
CANADA DAY AND COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic is causing most events this summer to be either cancelled or postponed. Since the spring, gatherings of 50 or more people have been prohibited because of COVID-19, which means Canada Day celebrations across the country cannot take place as usual.
Several Lower Mainland Canada Day events have been cancelled, but others are still happening, but in online formats. That’s the case in Maple Ridge. On July 1st the community is having a virtual celebration.
At the Maple Ridge event in 2020, some of the music and other performances will be livestreamed. Expect to be entertained by Ava Schreiber, Asi-Somos and Aaron Pritchett, as well as by the Paul Tavai-Latta Polynesian Dancers and the Maple Ridge Dance Circle, among others.
Aaron Pritchett is a Canadian Country music singer. He’s the headliner at the event and takes the virtual stage starting at 7:00 pm.
Pre-recorded entertainment at the 2020 event includes performances by The Faceplants, Me & Mae and Vancouver magician Shawn Farquhar. There are also online contests and printable games for kids to do.
Other activities on July 1st include a Canada Day Convoy which includes about a dozen or so police, fire and other vehicles making their way around the streets of Maple Ridge starting at 3 o’clock in the centre of town. Vancouver’s Carnival Band will also be a part of the procession.
For more details about the event see the City of Maple Ridge‘s website.
Canada Day Celebrations in Maple Ridge
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Canada Day event in Maple Ridge runs from 12:00 until 6:00 pm. Some of the festivities happen at the Memorial Peace Park and others take place at the ACT Art Centre which is located by the park at 11944 Haney Place just off 224th Street.
Activities at the event in typical years include concerts, pony rides, a farmers market and various family-friendly things to do.
NORTH SHORE CANADA DAY EVENT
Looking for other online activities on July 1st? Then also check out North Vancouver’s Virtual Canada Day event from 1:00 until 2:30 pm. It features music by Adam Woodall, the Benders, Early Spirit, Melanie Dekker and other well-known local musicans.
Canada Day Schedule
In a typical year, there are three stages to choose from for entertainment at the July 1st event. The Main Stage and the Star Stage are found at or near The ACT Arts Centre at 11944 Haney Place. The Family Stage is in the kids’ area at the other end of the festival near 224th Street and Haney Place.
Below you will find the schedule of events for the 2019 Canada Day celebration. We expect 2021 details to be similar. The 2020 event, as mentioned above, is a virtual event (so online and with different format).
- 12:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage
- 1:30 pm – The Matinee performs on the Main Stage
- 1:30 pm – Multicultural Show happens on the Family Stage
- 2:30 pm – Maple Ridge Got Talent Winners perform on the Star Stage
- 2:45 pm – Odds performs on the Main Stage
- 3:15 pm – Mike Battie provides juggling entertainment on the Family Stage
- 4:00 pm – Polynesia: Spirit of the Pacific performs on the Star Stage
- 4:00 pm – Maple Ridge Ukulele Circle entertains on the Family stage
- 4:30 pm – Stone Poets present on the Family Stage
- 4:45 pm – Canada Day Flyover up in the sky!
- 4:45 pm – Taylor James Band performs on the Main Stage
In addition to the above, typical activities that run all day include the farmers market and community barbecue. There are also food trucks, a Kids’ Zone and pony rides.
Canada Day when it takes place at the Memorial Peace Park is a family-friendly event. Activities for children include games, storytelling, crafts and face painting. As in other years, there are also the popular pony rides.
Canada Day Flyover Finale
The Maple Ridge Canada Day event finale often involves a flyover by three or so planes from Civil Air Search & Rescue and the singing of Happy Birthday, followed by a performance by a band. A couple of years ago the headliner was the Taylor James Band accompanied by special guest Joani Bye.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and advice to help you make the most out of your Maple Ridge Canada Day experience.
TIP #1: If driving, arrive early as parking on the day is challenging. Limited underground parking is available if you use the Edge Street and Dewdney Trunk entrances. There is also a fair bit of street parking in the area, although you may need to walk a ways.
TIP #2: Carpool or take public transit if you can.
TIP #3: Some of the live entertainment takes place indoors at the ACT Art Centre (which makes the Maple Ridge Canada Day event an especially good one in case of rain).
Click Canada Day in Maple Ridge for further details about the free event.
Click Canada Day in Metro Vancouver for a list of other July 1st events in the Lower Mainland.
Click Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for information about the area.