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Whistler Canada Day Weekend

Canada Day at Whistler

Whistler celebrates Canada Day with a full weekend of events. Activities include a parade, beer garden and free concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

There is also a pancake breakfast, farmers market, street entertainment and other fun things to see and do.

Whistler on Canada Day

A number of activities take place in Whistler Village over the Canada Day Long Weekend including street entertainment, a farmers market, beer garden and outdoor concerts.

Below is a sample schedule of events from 2018. Check back for 2019 updates.

Whistler Street Entertainers
Whistler Street Entertainers on Canada Day

Saturday, June 30, 2018

  • Street Entertainment – from 12 until 6 pm at various locations around Whistler Village.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – from 11 am until 4 pm in the Upper Village.
  • Beer & Wine Garden – from 6 until 10 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza. $5 admission.
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – at 7 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Whistler Canada Day Parade
Whistler Village during the Canada Day Parade

Sunday, July 1, 2018

  • Street Entertainment – from 12 until 6 pm at various locations around Whistler Village.
  • Pancake Breakfast – from 9 until 11 am. Cost by a $5 minimum donation benefitting the Get Bear Smart Society.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – from 11 am until 4 pm in the Upper Village.
  • Canada Day Parade – beginning at noon and going from the Whistler Olympic Plaza to Mountain Square.
  • Beer & Wine Garden – from 6 until 10 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza. $5 admission.
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – at 7 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza. (Note: in 2018 the performance was originally scheduled for 8:30 pm but then changed to earlier at the last minute – so double check details on the day.)
  • Fireworks – pyrotechnic displays happen at the top of the mountain at night (so you need to pay for a Peak to Peak lift ticket to get close to the show).

Monday, July 2, 2018

  • Vancouver Institute Orchestra – at 2 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
  • Street Entertainment – from 12 until 6 pm at various locations around Whistler Village.

Whistler Canada Day Parade

Whistler Village hosts a great Canada Day parade on July 1st each year. It begins at noon and last for about half an hour.

The parade route goes from the north end of the village near the Olympic Plaza and along Village Stroll through the pedestrian streets of the town up to near the base of the Whistler gondolas. It’s a great parade with quality entries and it’s not too long or overly spread out. The parade is a great community event, in a beautiful location and probably one of our favourites.

If you like parades, you’ll like the one on Canada Day in Whistler.

Vancouver Symphony in Whistler

A Whistler Canada Day tradition in past years has been a series of outdoor performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra over the Canada Day Long Weekend. Thousands of people turned out with their lawn chairs and filled the grassy area in front of the stage.

In 2019, instead of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Tenors perform at the Whistler Olympic Plaza at 8 pm. Admission is free.

If you like music, you’re in the area and it’s a sunny day, this is a concert you won’t want to miss!

Free Events and Activities in July

Tips & Advice

Below are some suggestions and extra information to help you make the most out of your Canada Day experience at Whistler.

TIP #1: Stay the night, or a few nights, if you can. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performances are a highlight of the weekend for many, and they don’t start until 8:30 pm.

TIP #2: Public transit is usually free in Whistler on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays in the summer, including over the Canada Day Long Weekend.

TIP #3: Parking costs about $5 for the day, depending on which lot you park in. Arrive after 5 pm though and it’s free (and if you arrive close to 5 pm there are likely a good number of spaces available).

TIP #4: Squamish is a small town located halfway between Vancouver and Whistler up the Sea to Sky Highway. On July 1st they have a “people-powered” procession down the street starting at 10 am and then live music and family-friendly activities from 11 am until 10 pm. Consider dropping by for a look on your drive up to Whistler.

TIP #5: In addition to Squamish, between Vancouver and Whistler, there are other interesting places to visit including the Sea to Sky Gondola, Shannon Falls and Alice Lake. Click Sea to Sky Region for ideas on what to see.

Whistler Village and Canada Day Crowds
Whistler Village on Canada Day

Other Information

For information about the resort town click Whistler Village.

For further details about things to do in Whistler on the July Long Weekend, click Canada Day in Whistler.

For a list of other July 1st events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Canada Day in Metro Vancouver.

Canada Day Events in Metro Vancouver