Vancouver Canada Day Guide

There are plenty of noteworthy red and white-themed ways to celebrate around Vancouver on Canada Day. We’ve rounded up a few options guaranteed to get you in the spirit (and possibly lead to a wee bit of a Monday hangover).

Your first option is to make a day of it and head over to West Vancouver to take in the relaxed, waterfront scene at Ambleside’s John Lawson Park. There’s a full lineup of live entertainment starting at 2:30pm that’s set to run through the day. Catch The Whiskey Dolls and Adam Woodall for starters.  Getting hungry? Enjoy the outdoor BBQ goods courtesy of Blackforest Deli, savoury treats from Holy Crepe and plenty of other vendors on hand to keep you satiated. Rounding up things is the Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show, which starts at 10:30pm sharp, complimented by music streamed via Classic Rock 101 to add to the pyro spectacle.

Also taking place (and in conjunction with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival), celebrate Canada Day on Granville Island. Head out early and get down to the Island for a cheap pancake fix. Breakfast is only $8! Next, take in a plethora of free events, live entertainment and the official Canada Day ceremony and parade while you indulge in a bit of shopping and patio hopping.

Looking for something a bit more alternative to ring in our country’s birthday? We’re curious to check out the Canada Day Block Party being hosted by The Waldorf Hotel. This first ever, free party runs all day (from noon until 6pm) and boasts live DJ’s, a beer garden, food carts and a carnival guaranteed to bring out your inner kid.

Speaking of channelling your inner child, who doesn’t love a parade? This Canada Day, head downtown to catch the 4th annual Canada Day Parade that brings together thousands of Vancouverites bursting with patriotic pride as we celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday. The parade starts at 7pm at Georgia and Broughton, flowing east toward Burrard Street and then along West Hastings toward Gastown.

Also an option: grab a few tickets and set sail for a Canada Day Yacht Party aboard the Abitibi. Leading the way to a night full of fun, Hed Kandi resident DJ Sarah Louise guarantees that the night will be off to a finely tuned start. You’ll get your groove on in no time and enjoy centre stage when the fireworks light up the sky.

Finally, consider donning your reds and whites for a full day of free activities and celebrations at Canada Place – they’re hosting the largest Canada Day party in the country (next to Ottawa, of course). Take note: Spirit of the West headlines the stage with a fully charged performance, followed by plenty of other live acts that’ll get the party started.  Check out stunning artistic creations as part of the Great Canadian Art Experience, see amazing displays courtesy of our Canadian Navy, Air and Armed Forces, and plenty more.