2017 Update: What to do on Canada’s 150th Birthday
It’s Canada’s 148th birthday in a few days. Here are three of the biggest parties including the Canada Place shindig with fireworks and the mega salmon bbq in Steveston.
The day begins with an inspiring citizenship ceremony to welcome the country’s newest citizens, followed by a multitude of multicultural performances.
Great live entertainment featuring the likes of Hannah Georgas, Don Amero, Rumba Calzada and Tim Chaisson will take the main stage. Family friendly activities include performances by the Hairfarmers, Watasun and Bellwoods. Interactive activity zones will feature food carts, street hockey, an armed forces display, Salty’s Fun Zone and a circus show.
The Canada Day Parade will run from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., beginning at Georgia Street and Broughton Street and ends with a fantastic display of fireworks.
In addition to the Canada Place viewing, other viewing areas include Harbour Green Park, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver.
The highlight of the day is the annual ultimate salmon barbecue — nearly 550 kilograms of bbq salmon. More than 100 floats, marching bands, celebrities and other personalities will wind their way down Moncton Street beginning at 10 a.m.
Early risers can enjoy the pancake breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Other activities running throughout the fair grounds include local performers and a show and shine of vintage cars. For its 70th year, the festival will feature a special retrospective exhibit of images from festivals over the decades, and a special children’s art activity.
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m., main event begins at 10 a.m.
Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to turn out to this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Surrey. Expect your usual round up of family fun for all ages – music, face painting, etc. – and it’s free.
You’ll find midway games and rides, an expanded Kids Play area, over 100 exhibitors, live entertainment with musical headliners Blue Rodeo, and a decent fireworks show for the grand finale. Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to attend.
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
When: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Last modified: June 28, 2017