Located an hour north of Vancouver, Squamish celebrates Canada Day on July 1st with a parade on Cleveland Avenue followed by festivities at Junction Park.
The 2019 event also features fireworks at Brennan Park and live music with The Paperboys and other bands.
Canada Day Events in Squamish 2019
Below are details about the parade, opening ceremonies, general festivities and the fireworks at the Squamish Canada Day event in 2019. Admission to everything is free!
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The Canada Day Parade
The Canada Day festivities in Squamish begin with the parade at 10:00 am. The procession usually starts near Winnipeg Street and then works its way along Cleveland Avenue towards Stan Clarke Park where the opening ceremonies for the day take place.
The Squamish Canada Day parade is a short parade, but a good one. It lasts for close to half an hour (which is a great length of time – not too long and not too short). In past recent years it involved just a foot procession. In 2019, however, entries are also permitted to use vehicles.
Cleveland Avenue gets lined with folk from the community. A lot of people turn out, but it’s not overly crowded.
In the parade expect to see some vintage vehicles, veterans marching from the local Legion, an entry from the Squamish Days Loggers Festival, RCMP officers in their red uniforms, and entries from local businesses and community organizations. There might even be a cement truck or logging truck in the procession too.
The Canada Day Opening Ceremonies
The official opening ceremonies for the Canada Day event in Squamish takes place at Stan Clarke Park which is located across the street from Junction Park in the 37000 block of Cleveland Avenue.
The cenotaph at Stan Clarke Park is where the ceremony takes place. Mounted police stand at attention, dignitaries are recognized and make short speeches, and local First Nations offer a traditional welcome. Everyone also sings the national anthem, the Canadian flag is raised and the Canada Day birthday cake is cut and distributed.
Close to 30 minutes after the opening ceremonies start, they end, and the crowd then heads across the street for the day’s main festivities.
Canada Day at Junction Park
Junction Park can be found at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Main Street in downtown Squamish. That’s where the U Siyam Pavilion is located and where Squamish’s main Canada Day celebrations take place. From 11:00 am until 5:00 pm there are food trucks, family-friendly activities, a small artisan market and live entertainment.
The U Siyam Pavilion is a community stage. On it, on July 1st in 2019, Aude Ray, Blueberry Jam, Jessica Yue, Music Together, the Howe Sound Dance Academy, the Squamish Academy of Music and The Wells all perform. Children’s entertains Bob’s & LoLo also make an appearance.
Fireworks and Festivities at Brennan Park
Things quiet down in Squamish between 5:00 and 7:00 pm while folk recuperate and have their dinners. Starting at 7 o’clock, however, the celebrations start back up again at Brennan Park which is located by the community rec centre at 1009 Centennial Way.
At Brennan Park there is a beer garden and more live music, plus, for the first time in many years, fireworks at 10:00 pm.
The live music at Brennan Park in 2019 includes The Paperboys which is a really good and well-known Vancouver-based Folk and Celtic band.
For more information about the Squamish event on July 1st click Squamish on Canada Day.
For a list of similar events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Canada Day in Metro Vancouver.