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Whistler Canada Day Weekend in 2020

Canada Day at Whistler

Whistler celebrates Canada Day with a full weekend of events. Activities include a parade, beer garden and live entertainment.

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


WHISTLER CELEBRATIONS GOING VIRTUAL

Due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus the Resort Municipality of Whistler has moved their 2020 Canada Day celebrations online. Some social distancing approved activities are still, however, taking place in person.

Whistler’s virtual event takes place at 1:00, 4:00 and 8:00 pm on July 1st, 2020. The city will host a variety of local speakers and entertainers throughout the day on their website. Performers include Buffy Sainte-Marie, Choir!Choir!Choir!, The Tenors, She Stole My Beer, SkiiTour and more.

The online celebrations will be accompanied by pop-up events scattered around the town. Folk are encouraged to walk or bike around and enjoy the outdoors. Activities include live art, self-guided walking tours, pop-up museums, physically distanced entertainment and food trucks. Click Whistler Canada Day Schedule for the full schedule of events.

For more information about July 1st and Whistler’s response to COVID-19 click Whistler’s COVID-19 Canada Day.


North Vancouver Canada Day

Whistler on Canada Day

A number of activities take place in Whistler Village over the Canada Day Long Weekend including live street entertainment, a farmers market and outdoor concerts. In 2020 these events were going to take place from July 1st to 5th.

Below is a sample schedule of events for 2019. We expect 2021 details to be similar.

Whistler Street Entertainers
Whistler Street Entertainers on Canada Day

Saturday, June 29, 2019

  • 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. (To be confirmed.)
Whistler Canada Day Parade
Whistler Village during the Canada Day Parade

Sunday, June 30, 2019

  • 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.
  • Family Studio Sundays – get artistic with your children under 13 with crafts at the Audain  Art Museum from 12 to 4 pm.
  • Beer & Wine Garden – from 6 until 10 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza. $5 admission. (To be confirmed.)

Monday, July 1, 2019

  • Whistler Farmers Market – from 11 am until 4 pm in the Upper Village.
  • Canada Day Parade – starting at 12 pm, enjoy the parade along the Village Stroll between Olympic Plaza and Mountain Square.
  • Street Entertainment – from 12 until 6 pm at various locations around Whistler Village.
  • The Tenors – at 8 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
  • Celebrate Canada Day from the Top of Whistler Mountain – from 4:40 until 10 pm you can listen to live DJ performances, eat s’mores outside the Roundhouse Lodge by the fire pits, and then be awed by fireworks at 1800 meters at 10 pm.  Tickets for the gondola must be purchased to participate.

Whistler Canada Day Parade

Whistler Village usually 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. Unfortunately the parade (and all other in-person Canada Day celebrations) will not be taking place in 2020.

Canada Day Concert 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 performed at the Whistler Olympic Plaza at 8 pm on July 1st. Admission was free. The event will not be taking place in 2020. 2021 details are to be confirmed.

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!

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. If happening, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performances are a highlight of the weekend for many, and they don’t start until around 8:30 pm.

TIP #2: Public transit is 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 parade down Cleveland Street starting at 10 am and then live music and family-friendly activities from 11 am until 10:30 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