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!
Author: Adrienne Coling