How to Celebrate Canada Day in Kitsilano

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Image: Kits Showboat

Image: Kits Showboat

Our city will play host to a variety of festive celebrations July 1, but if you want to stick close to home this Canada Day then here are a few spots for you to check out in Kitsiano:

 How to Celebrate Canada Day in Kitsilano

1) The Bimini Public House
Ideally many of you will have Tuesday off and Bimini has planned accordingly. Rather than partying it up the night of and risking a rough hump day at work, don your red and white on the June 30 so you can dance til dawn. This Donnelly pub is celebrating Canada on Sunday and Monday with their usual mix of rock, rap, and chart remixes, and some great drink specials to boot
The Bimini Public House, 2010 W 4th Ave., 604-733-7116, www.donnellygroup.ca/The-Bimini

2) Kitsilano Showboat
For something a little more family-minded, head on down to the Showboat for a fun-filled day of kid-friendly activities. Beginning at 3:00 with an all ages YogaButtons class, the afternoon continues with a performance by Max Tell at 4:00, cake at 5:00, Polonez Polish Folk Dance at 5:30, and the singing of O Canada at 7:00. The night wraps up with Bob Liley and the Sanctuary All Stars jazz quintet from 7:15-9:00. Whew!

3) Local Public Eatery
I don’t know about you, but my ideal Canada Day would be spent lounging on a patio with an unlimited supply of beer – and that’s exactly what Local has on offer. They will be celebrating with a DJ throughout the day, a strictly enforced Canadian tuxedo dress code (for employees, but you’re more than welcome to join in), endless beer on tap, and a gorgeous view of picture-perfect Vancity.
Local Public Eatery, 2210 Cornwall Ave., 604-734-3589, www.localkits.com

4) Granville Island
We’ve already filled you in on the Granville Island Canada Day festivities, but they are definitely worth another mention, especially for those of you with kids. Within walking distance of home, you can let your nose follow the scent of maple syrup along the seawall and lead you to a Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast at Dockside Restaurant. Yum! All the other details of the day are here.

5) Kits Beach
If you’re not into the hustle and bustle of crowds and parties, you can still celebrate in your own way! Why not grab an ice cream taco from Rain or Shine or a delicious iced Oh Canada! tea from David’s Tea (a patriotic maple syrup-flavoured blend) and take your treat down to the beach. Wile away your holiday by soaking up some rays, and I’m sure you’ll be able to overhear some anthems being sung and catch a glimpse of some festive fireworks.

Last modified: July 1, 2014

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