June 30, 2015, 6:15 pm
Flag in Vanier Park, Vancouver – Courtesy of I am I.A.M.
Canada Day is upon us and we want to help you enjoy all of the great celebrations our region has to offer.
Take a look at some of the bigger events and how to get there on transit!
Surrey is celebrating in style this Canada Day!
It’s a great (and free!) day of family fun for all ages – music, face painting, the works!
You’ll find midway games and rides, an expanded kids play area, over 100 exhibitors, live entertainment and a fireworks show in the evening.
My advice? Get there early because they are expecting more than 100,000 people to attend!
This is an easy one to get to. Take the Expo Line to Surrey Central station, hop on the 320 to Langley Centre at Cloverdale park and you’re there!
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
When: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Feeling fishy? The Steveston Community Centre is hosting the 70th Annual Salmon Festival!
You can check out the parade with more than 100 floats, marching bands, celebrities and other personalities who will wind their way down Moncton Street beginning at 10 a.m.
But the real star of the day will be the annual ultimate salmon barbecue — nearly 550 kilograms of BBQ salmon!
Other activities like a vintage car show, craft and food fair, Japanese cultural show and children’s festival will be running throughout the fair grounds including local performers.
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m., main event begins at 10 a.m.
TransLink is providing a special event shuttle service on Wednesday, transporting passengers from Richmond’s Bridgeport Station to Lord Byng Elementary School in Steveston.
- Shuttles start at 9 a.m. from Bridgeport Station to Steveston, with return shuttles starting in the afternoon, with the last shuttle leaving at approximately 4:30 p.m. Shuttles may continue later if the demand is great.
- Lord Byng Elementary School (1 Road and Georgia Street) will be the shuttle’s temporary terminus, with a short walk to the festival site. The terminus may move to 1 Road and Steveston Highway if the area is heavily congested.
- Additional shuttle service will back up regular service routes (C93, 401, 410) to ensure all customers can get where they’re going on Wednesday. Regular bus routes for the Steveston area will terminate at 1 Road and Steveston Highway due to congestion.
- The shuttle are three articulated buses that are expected to run approximately every 20 minutes, leaving Bay 3 at Bridgeport Station.
- The cost is a regular one-zone fare.
If you’re looking for crowds and Canada Day craziness, look no further!
Canada Day at Canada Place is back for its 28th year.
This is a huge all day event including live music and dance performances with popular acts and interactive activity zones featuring food carts, street hockey, an armed forces display, Salty’s Fun Zone and a circus show.
After all of that, you can check out the Canada Day Parade at 7:00 p.m. and the Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Canada Place, Vancouver
When: 10 a.m. to end of Fireworks
To accommodate Canada Day festivities across the region, there will be extended service on SkyTrain, SeaBus and Canada line.
There will also be increased frequency or minor detours on some routes, including multiple routes in downtown Vancouver and the 135, 160, 209, 210, 211, 240, 246, 250, 250A, 257, 320, C43 and C47.
For other events, take a look at this great list from VanCity Buzz.
Know before you go! Use our Trip Planner to help you on your way to Canada Day fun!
Author: Adrienne Coling