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Oh, Canada! Celebrating Canada Day across Metro Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Colin Knowles

Photo courtesy of Colin Knowles

It may not be Canada’s Sesquicentennial (Yep, that’s what it’s called – I looked it up!) for another year but there are still so many great Canada Day events all around the region!

TransLink will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule with additional service to help you get to and from your Canada Day celebrations.

Please be advised that due to events across the region, many buses are being detoured or re-routed on July 1, 2016.

Take a look at just a few events you can experience on our nation’s birthday!

Granville Island Canada Day

This celebration includes a parade, a special ceremony with cake, live performances and the free water park for the kids!

Time: 8 a.m. – Midnight
Place: Granville Island, Vancouver

Canada Day at Canada Place

This is the nation’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa! There will be live music and entertainment, a circus show, food carts, activities for the kids and a Canada Day parade!

Time: Waterfront Party: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Parade starts at 7 p.m.
Place: Canada Place – Parade starts at Georgia Street & Broughton Street.

Steveston Salmon Festival

Salmon. ALL OF THE SALMON! Also, all of the people! This annual festival takes place in this historic fishing village bringing thousands of people to enjoy over 1,200 pounds of salmon, grilled over open fire pits!

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Steveston Village, Richmond

Surrey’s Canada Day celebration

This day of celebrations South of the Fraser boasts one of the biggest outdoor concerts in B.C. Food trucks, a games land, sports world, activity tents for all ages (including seniors!), lots of live music and performances.

Time: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Place: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey

Coal Harbour fireworks

End all of your Canada Day adventures with a spectacular fireworks show at Coal Harbour. The fireworks show will be visible from northwest-side Downtown (Coal Harbour, parts of Stanley Park), West Vancouver (the seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).

Time: 10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Place: Coal Harbour, Vancouver

There are lots more activities to do around the region including celebrations in White Rock, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Langley and more!


You can skip the lines and crowds after your event by using your Compass Card or by purchasing an extra return ticket before your event.

Tickets are good for 90 minutes from the time they’re first tapped. Plus! You only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones on holidays!

Please be sure to use our Trip Planner and head to and to help you on your way to Canada Day fun!

Author: Adrienne Coling


  • By Sheba, June 29, 2016 @ 9:23 am

    New West also has a day of events at Queens Park and then fireworks down at the Quay

  • By Adrienne Coling, June 29, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    That’s great! I’m still deciding on where I want to explore and I’ve seen the Coal Harbour fireworks and the Canada Place fireworks so I should try New West this year :)

  • By Sheba, June 29, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    I just checked and Burnaby is also doing fireworks at Swanguard (Central Park). I’ll be heading down to New West (it’s about the same distance for me) as I already made plans to go to that one.

    If you do go to New West, you should try to get to the Pier Park by about 9pm – fireworks will be around 10pm.

  • By Adrienne Coling, June 30, 2016 @ 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the insider’s tip, Sheba! :)

  • By Sheba, July 2, 2016 @ 9:15 am

    So where did you head out to – enquiring minds want to know?

  • By Adrienne Coling, July 11, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    Sorry I missed this! I was actually super fortunate and was invited last minute to go out on a boat near the Southern Gulf Islands and got to enjoy a variety of fireworks from the different islands! :)

  • By Kerwin Maude, June 20, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

    Canada is one of the best countries in the world, we are not perfect and have our own domestic problems, but we are a landscape rich in history, cultural diversity, freedoms and rights. We are a better nation united than divided, and let us work together for future generations. Let the red and white maple flag fly high, and let us work together for needed change, recognize our shortcomings and take pride in our achievements and reputation. To those who nobly served against our historic enemies, like other nations who joined the fight; thank you for your courage and sacrifices so we can be free including mobility, freedoms, immigration, etc. Enjoy the festivities and celebrate 150 years as a nation. So much to do in any city, explore the opportunities whether you’re a visitor or a citizen. Happy Canada Day & Happy Trails.

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