Canada Day festivities in Maple Ridge usually happen at the Memorial Peace Park and ACT Art Centre on July 1st. In 2020 it was an online event instead.
The Maple Ridge celebrations in 2020 happened in an online format due to COVID-19. There were live-streamed and pre-recorded performances and more for viewers to enjoy. For more details about the event see the City of Maple Ridge‘s website. Details for the 2021 Canada Day celebrations in Maple Ridge are to be confirmed.
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.
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 future years to be similar. The 2020 event, as mentioned above, was 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.
To learn more about the city see our article about Maple Ridge’s Best Places.
Click Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for information about the area.