This year marks the 149th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. While each neighbourhood has its own way of celebrating Canada Day, they all share a common theme: honouring the diversity and uniqueness of our country.
The history of this nation and diversity of its people is something that binds us together, and Chimp is all about bringing individuals together and cultivating a sense of community. So, if you’re in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland, make sure to check out these amazing events and celebrate your community.
Things to do in Vancouver
Canada Day at Canada Place
What better way to celebrate the nation’s anniversary than in the most iconic building in Vancouver. Canada Day at Canada Place offers an array of activities for families, including street hockey, food carts, and extreme pogo stick races! The event ends with a parade along the downtown core and a Canada Day fireworks display.
When: 10AM-6PM (fireworks display at 10PM)
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
Canada Day on Granville Island
Granville Island is also hosting festivities throughout their beautiful community. From glass blowing demonstrations and crafting stations, to an afternoon filled with jazz music to keep you entertained, Canada Day on Granville Island offers a cornucopia of events that celebrate culture and art.
Where: Granville Island
North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations
The North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations are filled with family-friendly activities and events. This festival is one-of-a-kind as it’s the first zero-waste event in the Lower Mainland. With the help of Green Chair Recycling, this event has the potential to divert over 100 kg of waste from the landfill.
Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Things to do in the Lower Mainland
Canada Day at the Steveston Salmon Festival
The Steveston Salmon Festival is jam-packed with entertainment, starting with a pancake breakfast, Japanese culture show, and a children and youth festival.
The main attraction of this festival, however, is the 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets, grilled over open fire pits. Don’t let this impressive amount of fish fool you - vendors usually sell out before lunchtime, so make sure to head down early!
Where: Steveston Community Centre
Surrey Canada Day Celebration
The Surrey Canada Day celebration takes place at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre. Along with a variety of cultural events and carnival-style rides, it also offers great live music, with this year’s headline entertainment including Tom Cochrane with Red Rider.
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre