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Virtual Canada Day Events in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in 2020

2020 Virtual Canada Day Celebrations

With in-person Canada Day celebrations cancelled around Vancouver due to COVID-19, some jurisdictions are offering online celebrations on July 1st, 2020.


This article contains information about Canada Day events that are actually still happening in 2020 in the following communities:

North Vancouver | Coquitlam | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | Surrey | White Rock | Abbotsford | Fort Langley | Mission | Whistler


Canada Day Celebrations in 2020

A number of Canada Day events in the Lower Mainland aren’t taking place at all this year because of concerns about the novel coronavirus. Instead of cancelling the festivities completely, however, some municipalities have chosen to move their celebratory activities online.

Below is a list of places that are conducting virtual Canada Day events on July 1st in 2020. Online festivities happen on the North Shore in North Vancouver. Other places offering virtual celebrations in Metro Vancouver include Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Surrey and White Rock. Abbotsford, Fort Langley and Mission in the Fraser Valley are also hosting a range of online activities.

To learn about virtual Canada Day events in 2020, continue reading. For details about what happens on July 1st in a typical year, click Metro Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.

North Vancouver Canada Day

North Vancouver‘s Canada Day Re-Imagined

This North Shore community’s regular pancake breakfast, parade  in the morning and free family-friendly activities at Waterfront Park are not taking place as usual because of the pandemic and need for physical distancing. Instead, this year, Rotary Clubs in North Vancouver are organizing online celebrations that feature local musicians, people, places and organizations.

Some of the Lower Mainland’s most beautiful and famous places are on the North Shore, and North Vancouver is home to amazing talent. As a result, this production will likely be one of the region’s most impressive.

This online event happens on July 1st starting at 1:00 pm. The 90-minute show takes place on multiple social media platforms throughout the day. The event highlights local artists and community organizations from within North Vancouver. Bands performing include Adam Woodall, The Benders, Early Spirit, Melanie Dekker and others.

For more details click Virtual Canada Day in North Vancouver.

North Vancouver Canada Day Photo Collage
Canada Day Man and Scenes of North Vancouver

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day

Celebrating its 12th year in 2020, Coquitlam’s annual Canada Day event has also been moved to a virtual platform. Similar to their in-person celebrations in past years, in 2020 the day involves the singing of Oh Canada, family-friendly entertainment, drop-in (online) activities and more.

Coquitlam’s virtual Canada Day festivities begin at noon on July 1st and they run for about seven hours. The full schedule of activities includes performances by bands, dance groups, drummers and a magician.

For more details see our article about Canada Day in Coquitlam.

Canada Day in Maple Ridge

Canada Day celebrations in Maple Ridge normally happen at the Memorial Peace Park and at the ACT Arts Centre. In 2020, however, because of COVID-19, the festivities take place online.

Activities happening online include entertainment, contests and activities, and printable games and other fun stuff for little ones. Some of the activities are even available to do as early as mid-June!

As of the last time we checked, the full schedule of events is still to be determined. We do know though that Country music singer Aaron Pritchett performs via livestream beginning at 7 o’clock. A convoy of emergency vehicles is also scheduled to drive around the city starting at 3:00 pm.

For more information about the event click Maple Ridge on July 1st.

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Virtual Canada Day in New Westminster

Canada Day in New Westminster in 2020 involves people having picnics and singing O Canada from their homes, submitting photos of themselves in scenes from the past year, painting rocks of celebration, and watching virtual fireworks on their screens. It’s not a big event or a major production by any means, but it will still be fun.

For details see our article about New Westminster on Canada Day.

Surrey Celebrations on July 1st

The City of Surrey usually hosts one of the largest in-person Canada Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland. In 2020, instead of the usual games, amusement rides and live entertainment, however, the city is hosting virtual festivities on July 1st.

The day starts off with an hour of family-friendly programming from 10:30 to 11:30 am. This is followed by three hours of live-streamed content from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. Finally, the online event concludes with displays of virtual fireworks.

Surrey’s virtual Canada Day celebrations are free for anyone to watch. The events will be live-streamed on both Facebook and YouTube Live.

To learn more click Surrey Canada Day Celebrations.

Surrey's Virtual Canada Day in 2020
Canada Day in Surrey

Canada Day by the Bay in White Rock

White Rock’s annual in-person Canada Day by the Bay event is not taking place in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, the city has arranged for some activities to instead take place online.

The headliner band at this year’s virtual event is The Washboard Union. The band Ludic is also performing, as is comedian John Cullen.

The event begins this year around 7:00 pm with the singing of O Canada. This is followed by a live-streamed concert featuring the artists listed above. Folk can follow along from their own homes on the City of White Rock’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

For more details see our article about White Rock’s Canada Day by the Bay event.

Virtual Canada Day in Abbotsford

Canada Day celebrations in Abbotsford are also being held virtually in 2020. The event features music by half a dozen band and a performance by the SuperDogs. Another fun activity the city has planned is a virtual pet parade, where pet owners can submit content and show off their furry and feathered companions.

The city will also host online, live-streamed entertainment as well as virtual activities for folk of all ages and virtual fireworks on July 1st.

Click Abbotsford on Canada Day for more details.

Celebrate Canada Day in Fort Langley

The Township of Langley has also officially moved their Canada Day celebrations online. Instead of the regular in-person event, Fort Langley is hosting a variety of local artists and performers online.

Performing at the Fort Langley event this year are JUNO Award-winning singer Jim Byrnes as well as Zulu Panda, Norden the Magician, the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, Penny Pom Pom and singer/songwriter Norine Braun. There is also an O’ Canada sing-along at 7 pm.

With its various children’s entertainers, this will no doubt be a good event for young families.

To find out more click Canada Day in Fort Langley.

Canada Day Celebrations in Mission

Similar to other municipalities around Metro Vancouver, Mission’s in-person Canada Day celebrations have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The 2020 event in Mission is hosted by Canadian Olympic swimmer Brent Hayden. It also features speeches by area dignitaries, shout outs to local community organizations and performances by a number of musicians and other artists.

The event begins online at the City of Mission’s Facebook page and on their website at 10:30 am. There will be a flag raising ceremony, performance of the national anthem and a number of short speeches.

To learn more see our article about Canada Day in Mission.

Canada Day Celebrations in Whistler

Canada Day celebrations in Whistler have gone virtual for 2020. The resort municipality is holding three events on July 1st: the first taking place at 1:00 pm followed by another at 4:00 pm and  the last event starting at 8:00 pm.

Highlights of the online event include a virtual scavenger hunt, speakers from local community groups and live entertainment.

Residents of Whistler are also encouraged to get out and explore their town. The municipality is hosting pop-up events around Whistler including live art, local entertainers and some self-guided walking tours. Food trucks will also be present in Rainbow Lake Park and Lost Lake Park from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more details click Canada Day in Whistler.

Other Information

For a full list of Canada Day celebrations that usually take place around the Lower Mainland when there is no global pandemic click Metro Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.

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