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Things to do on Canada Day This Year in BC

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On July 1st, individuals celebrate their Canadian identity and pride by joining parades, wearing red, displaying or waving the Canadian flag, and singing the national anthem “O Canada”. Families will often participate in city-run events, while younger crowds might join their friends and enjoy the day with delicious food and drinks. Children often take part in arts/crafts activities and play games with fellow children from around their community. To end their night, many will attend a fireworks show, being a perfect way to conclude the holiday. Although there are plenty of things to do on Canada Day, here are some popular July 1st events you might want to consider attending to make your Canada Day celebration worth it! 

Steveston Village’s Salmon Festival 

Attracting up to 70,000 people on July 1st, Steveston Village’s Salmon Festival in Richmond is one of Metro Vancouver’s hot spots when it comes to celebrating Canada Day. It is especially popular for its Canada Day parade, various arts and crafts events, food stands and restaurants around the area. Although there will be no parade this year, the festival will still be hosting a variety of demonstrations, hands-on activities, live musical concerts, exhibitions, and so on. Be sure to visit the event as it runs from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. 

Major events include:
  • Salmon BBQ From Home Meal Pick-Up (no communal barbecue this year)
  • Art show – paintings showcasing local talent
  • Car show – vintage and other unique cars on display
  • Horticulture show – display of beautifully-arranged flowers
  • Japanese Cultural show – kendo and karate demonstrations
  • Evening fireworks at the waterfront – not confirmed 
Where: Steveston Village

When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place is without a doubt one of the busiest areas to be in Vancouver on July 1st! The celebration at Canada Place is one of the largest Canada Day events – it ranks second after the Canada Day celebration in our capital city, Ottawa. This year, the event will return in-person, with a host of activities, live performances and food trucks all related to Canada’s history. The event runs from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Unfortunately, there will be no fireworks this year, but there is still a lot to do! Check out the schedule for 2022 when it releases here

Where: Canada Place

When: TBA

Canada Day at Granville Island

In case you didn’t know, Granville Island hosts their own Canada Day celebration too, despite it being smaller (and cuter)! Head to Granville Island on July 1st and you may find yourself listening to a jazz concert or playing games at one of their small boutique shops. Be sure to check it out! 

Where:

Granville Island

When:

Not specified

Canada Day in Abbotsford

If you’re in search of a Canada Day parade and a fireworks performance, look no further! Abbotsford’s Canada Day celebration is back in-person this year with its popular morning parade. Running for two hours from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the parade will include floats, emergency vehicles, local communities, unique cars, and lots of street performers. After the parade, there will be plenty of events that people can attend. 

Major events include:
  • Family Festival at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park – activities, games, interactive Play Zones and family-friendly adventures will be hosted; prizes available for winners!
  • Community Showcase – connect with locals while exploring products, services and activities
  • Food Truck Festival – J&J Concessions, Hugs Mini Donuts, Rainbow Ice Cream, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Taco N’ Todo, etc. 
  • Community Mainstage – performance by local musicians, dance performances and cultural programming
  • Fireworks Finale  – at 10:00 PM at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park
Where:

Abbotsford Exhibition Park

When:

July 1st, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Canada Day in Fort Langley

Usually, Canada Day in Fort Langley is a little different from the other events. Why? Well, it’s because it’s hosted inside of a fort! Instead of celebrating events out in the open field, you’ll be surrounded by walls of logs. Neat, isn’t it? Due to this unique characteristic, plenty of people are drawn to Fort Langley’s Canada Day events. This year, however, Canada Day at Fort Langley will be relocated to Aldergrove Athletic Park’s North Complex. Regardless, you can still visit the historic site before, during or after the event. Located nearby are plenty of other historic spots, including the BC Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum and the Langley Centennial Museum. 

This year, Canada Day in the Township of Langley will be hosting the following events:

  • Welcoming Ceremony by the Mayor of Langley
  • Langley World Taekwondo 
  • Kunda African Dance 
  • Norden the Magician’s Magic Show
  • Kellie Haines, the Puppeteer and Ventriloquist
  • Bouncy castles, balloon twisters, and other games for families
  • RCMP, Langley Fire Department and Animal Society booths
  • Information guides related to Indigenous Awareness 
Where:

Aldergrove Athletic Park (North Complex)

When:

July 1st, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sources: How to Celebrate Canada Day, Canada Day Celebrations in Metro Vancouver in 2022, Abbotsford’s Canada Day Celebrations, 2022 Canada Day at Canada Place, Steveston Salmon Festival

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