Notable Vancouver Canada Day Guide 2013

Be it a Canada Day-themed BBQ and volleyball game at the beach that you’re after, or a trek out to check out Steveston’s annual Salmon Festival – take your pick and get the party started.

The city of Surrey is hosting a Canada Day Expo and will also feature live music, carnival rides, fireworks and plenty more as part of their celebrations.  Notable names such as Sloan and Platinum Blonde will be on hand to help you get your festive groove on, a sports zone featuring Speed Badminton, Floorball and even Sitting Volleyball as well as food concessions to feed your appetite.

A bit closer to home, you can easily get to the picturesque seaside setting of Steveston to partake in the 67th Annual Salmon Festival which celebrates Canada Day.  Since its establishment in 1945, this quaint fishing village has been proudly hosting Canada’s “biggest little birthday party” with thousands of guests enjoying the action each year.

In town, grab your bike and head over to Granville Island to play tourist for the day.  Stroll through the market, grab picnic fixings and set yourself up on the lawn to watch free live music.  With the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival still on-going (ending July 1st), there are plenty of different bands to catch.

Also worth noting is the annual Canada Day Parade which winds its way through downtown Vancouver.  This colourful event heads along Burrard Street and then to West Hastings and attracts thousands of visitors and patriotic well-wishers every year.

Finally, check out the Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show which caps off a day of patriotic fun starting at around 10:30PM.  Always one of the biggest and best fireworks displays to light up Vancouver’s skies during the summer – head to Coal Harbour and score your spot early.   With two massive barges housing the spectacular pyrotechnics – this show is guaranteed to wow you.


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