2017 Update: What to do on Canada’s 150th Birthday

False Creek Ferries Ferry Water Ballet, Friday, July 1, 8:00-8:30 am, Between Burrard & Granville bridges, free.

They may be little boats but they put on a big show! Watch an aquatic ballet performed by six fearless CFC skippers manning False Creek Ferry boats. False Creek’s fleet now consists of ten vessels and routes extend from the Maritime Museum in Kitsilano to Science World and the Main Street Skytrain station.

Canada Day at the Kitsilano Showboat, Friday, July 1, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Kits Beach, free.

Expect cake and goodies at the opening ceremony at 3:00 pm followed by good tunes, storytelling, Razzmatap and the Wild West Can Can. The official Canada Day traditions take place at 6:45 pm. Sandwiched between the beach and the park, the lively festivities are a must for jolly picnickers, who can’t help overhearing the music.

Granville Island Canada Day activities, Friday, July 1, all day, free and ticketed.
Nearby Granville Island has a day long program of family fun for Canada Day. There’s face painting, free flag tattoos, buskers galore, studio tours, bike decorating and more.

Canada Day Beef Steak Dinner and ‘Roadrunner’ Dance, Friday, July 1, 6:00pm dinner; 8:00 pm dance, Billy Bishop Branch 176 Royal Canadian Legion, $15.
The Legion is holding their annual dinner and dance. Located just one block from Kitsilano Beach on Laburnum, the Billy Bishop Legion is akin to a secret English pub right in the middle of a neighbourhood. Expect  60+ citizens (some who have fought for our freedom) and young folks who want to share a pint of wisdom with their elders.

Burrard Inlet Fireworks Society Canada Day Show, Friday, July 1, 10:30pm, free.
The 5th annual Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show is a unique multi-community event that draws people and numerous communities together to celebrate Canada. This unique two barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza lights up the sky. Barge two, in particular, is visible from  Kitsilano, Jericho and the UBC area. Guests can listen to a live simulcast by Shore104.3 FM.


les amis du FROMAGE Birthday Sale w/samples, Friday, July 1, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Starting Friday and extending through the weekend, les amis du FROMAGE is having a sale at their 2nd avenue store in Kitsilano to celebrate being in business 8 yrs at this location. Word is they’ll be serving plenty of samples.

Last modified: June 28, 2017

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