10 Things to Do Over Canada Day Weekend 2017 in Vancouver

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Updated: 3 June 2017
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Canada Day weekend is undoubtedly one of the biggest and best weekends in every Canadian city. However, the celebrations are on another level in 2017, as it’s Canada’s 150th birthday. Get in the spirit at one of these Canada Day events in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Canada Day at Canada Place

Saturday, July 1st to Sunday, July 2nd

Canada Place has hosted Western Canada’s premier Canada Day event for 30 years, and they’re stepping it up a notch in 2017. It’s usually an (award-winning) one-day-only affair, but this year, the celebrations will continue over two days. Some of the events include a citizenship ceremony, five performance stages, kids and youth zones, a fireworks extravaganza, a pancake breakfast, and the Canada150 parade. It’s the best way to celebrate Canada Day in Vancouver.

Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 665 9000

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny Comedy

Thursday, June 29th to Saturday, September 2nd

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Vancouver TheatreSports™ “takes a loving and comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian.” The Oh, Canada show pays homage to the country’s comedic heritage, which includes comedians Mike Myers, John Candy, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie. The TheatreSports™ team of improvisers will have you laughing about Canadian stereotypes and what makes Canada a great place to live.

The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 738 7013

Red and White Picnic

Saturday, July 1st

West Vancouver’s Red and White Picnic for Canada Day will be happening from 2 to 10:30 pm. They encourage people to dress in Canada’s national colors and join them at John Lawson Park. The picnic begins with a citizenship ceremony, and then there is live entertainment, activities for the kids, and many food vendors. John Lawson Park is a great place to view Canada Place’s fireworks as well.

John Lawson Park, 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 925 7275

Concert at Swangard Stadium

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Saturday, July 1st What better way to celebrate Canada Day in Burnaby than a free evening concert? The concert at Swangard Stadium runs from 5 until 10 pm and concludes with a fireworks show. The headliner is Steven Page, a founding member of the Barenaked Ladies, and joining him will be the local band Side One and African ensemble Kokoma. There will also be exhibits and activities for the whole family.
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Canada Day at Waterfront Park

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Vancouver views from Waterfront Park
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Saturday, July 1st In North Vancouver, the festivities go all day long at Waterfront Park. There will be free activities for the family from 12 to 4 pm, but the best time to visit is from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. In the evening, there’s a free concert, a beer garden highlighting local Red Truck Brewing, and food trucks. Waterfront Park is also a perfect place to watch the Canada Day fireworks at Canada Place.
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YVR Food Fest

Thursday, June 29th to Monday, July 3rd

Known as one of Vancouver’s top food events, the YVR Food Fest has organized an assortment of foodie fun this Canada Day weekend. Events include the largest outdoor brunch ever in Vancouver, a Food for Thought speaker series, a four-star al fresco long table dinner, and a street food festival. The Canada Day Cookout will be an Austin-style outdoor party with DJs, bands, local craft beer, and barbecue staples.

YVR Food Fest, 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Ultimate Canada Day and Night Boat Party

Saturday, July 1st

For the ninth year, the Ultimate Canada Day and Night Boat Party is happening over Canada Day weekend in Vancouver. The event includes 24 DJs and artists, including SKLA, Jimmy Bell, Sheps, and Walker. There’s the option to purchase a day ticket for the Sunny Ways Day Boat. Alternatively, enjoy the Canada Day fireworks from Canada Place on the deck of the Fireworks Night Boat. There’s also a ticket for both events if you want the party to last all day.

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum

Saturday, July 1st

Burnaby Village Museum is a unique place to visit in Vancouver. It resembles a 1920s community, complete with costumed townsfolk, a carousel, a restored interurban tram, and a blacksmith, grocer, and printing shop. The museum’s Canada Day celebrations include heritage games, an official parade, children’s entertainers, and a birthday cake. Step back in time this Canada Day in Vancouver.

Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada, +1 604 297 4565

Steveston Salmon Festival

Saturday, July 1st

“Canada’s Biggest Little Birthday Party since 1945″—this is the tagline for the Steveston Salmon Festival, which is the village’s most popular annual event, with an average of 80,000 people celebrating here every year. The day starts with a pancake breakfast, before the big Canada Day parade that features floats, bands, mascots, and celebrity guests. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy during the day, but the highlight is the salmon barbecue. Over 544 kilograms (1,200 pounds) of wild BC sockeye salmon is grilled over open-fire pits.

Steveston, Richmond, BC, Canada

Grouse Mountain

Saturday, July 1st

Head up Grouse Mountain for a fun Canada Day in 2017. Special activities include peak yoga, complimentary temporary tattoos and flags, Party in the Plaza, a Canada Day pop-up shop, and axe-throwing. There will also be a Guinness World Record Attempt for the largest human maple leaf, and people are encouraged to come dressed in red. Grouse Mountain will also have delicious Canadian delicacies to enjoy, such as poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, salmon burgers, and Molson Canadians.

Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 980 9311

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