Canada Day 2017: 150 things to do to celebrate Canada's 150th

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Canada's 150th.

Happy birthday to us! Gather up your friends and family and celebrate at one of the many events and happenings going on around Metro Vancouver and beyond. Festivals, concerts, outdoor fun, stage performances, parades, fireworks and more — there’s something for everyone.


Canada Day at Canada Place

This year’s celebration will be a two-day event to commemorate 150 years of Confederation. Highlights include five performance stages featuring Sam Roberts, Fefe Dobson, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Madeline Merlo and The Matinee; plus a multi-community fireworks show (July 1), a pancake breakfast (July 2) and the Canada150 parade through downtown Vancouver (July 2).

Canada 150 Parade

Floats, marching bands and more! Presented as part of Canada Place’s Canada 150 celebrations, the parade is part of a two-day series of events celebrating Canada’s 150th. The parade starts at Broughton and West Georgia, travels east along West Georgia, turns north on Burrard, and ends at Burrard and West Pender. • Downtown Vancouver • July 2, 5-6:30 p.m.


Canada 150+ Murals

Re-discover Vancouver as Indigenous land. New Indigenous artist-created murals and other 2-D artworks are appearing around Vancouver this summer. Chosen by a selection panel, works will contemplate the city, its defining features, and their relationship to significant cultural sites. • July 1-31

 The Canada150+ Murals event runs from July 1-31

Canada 150+: Gathering of Canoes

Witness a traditional landing of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. During a 10-day journey along traditional highways from the Sunshine Coast to the City of Vancouver, up to 30 canoes—with First Nations, Public Service Agencies and youth paddlers—will request permission to land on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Bring your friends and family to an afternoon feast and celebratory gathering. • Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut St. • July 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Canada 150+: Drum is Calling Festival

Part of the City of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ celebrations, this nine day event is a festival of Indigenous and diverse arts and culture. Headliners include the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie, PowWowStep creator DJ Shub, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, literary giant Tomson Highway, and spoken word poet and musician Shane Koyczan. Additional highlights include hands-on workshops and live programming inside the Indigenous housing forms. • Larwill Park, Cambie & Georgia St. • July 22-30 • Free

Indigenous Fashion Week

Attend the first-annual Indigenous Fashion Week in Vancouver. The brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitten, the shows will feature the super-stars and emerging artists of Indigenous fashion design and modelling. • Larwill Park & Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby • July 26-29, 5-8 p.m.


 The Canada 150+: Walk for Reconciliation takes place on September 24

The Canada 150+: Walk for Reconciliation

Join tens of thousands of Vancouverites in this second-ever Reconciliation walk. Inspired by Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C., the walk was originally conceived as a healing tool among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, in light of the legacy of Indian residential schools. As you make your way along the 3-4 km route, experience first-hand the healing and transformational power of ‘Namwayut — We Are All One, which will guide the journey of moving forward together. • Begins at Cambie and Georgia Streets, ends at Pender and Carrall Streets • Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.




Fête Francophone

Embraces the Francophone culture and heritage with live music featuring ILAM and other artists from Festival d’ete francophone de Vancouver’s artists in residence program, children’s entertainment, traditional Francophone cuisine, and more. Enjoy poutine or Montreal smoked meat while enjoying performances and getting in touch with your inner Francophone. • Canada Place, North Point & West Promenade • June 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free

Strawberry Festival

This annual festival features strawberry shortcakes for sale, live music by Black Gardenia and Backspin Bluegrass Band, free horse and carriage rides, and a variety of vendors. • Barclay Heritage Square, 1447 Barclay Ave. • June 24, 1-4 p.m. • Free, 604-669-5051

Greek Day on Broadway

Live a day the Greek way! Enjoy Greek food and drink, market vendors, entertainment, and live music in a laid back, yet lively and tasty Greek atmosphere. • MacDonald to Blenheim Street • June 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. • Free

UNITE! A Celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism

This full day of performances celebrates the diversity and culture of our city, our province and our country. Engage with artisans and roving performers, participate in workshops and activities, and wrap up the day with a free concert by headliners Alex Cuba and Delhi 2 Dublin. • North Point & West Promenade, Canada Place • June 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. • Free

YYR Food Fest

A weekend-long celebration of food culture in Vancouver. Includes local and international culinary talent collaborating on a long table dinner, a giant outdoor brunch, a Canada Day Barbecue with live music, a food-centric TED Talks-style speaker series, and the festival’s flagship event the Street Food Showdown – a gathering of 80+ food carts, restaurants, wineries and breweries. • Olympic Village, 215 W. 1st Ave. • June 29 until July 3

 YYR Food Fest is back for a sixth year

41st annual Golden Spike Days Festival

A great community festival for the entire family. Includes a variety of live entertainment, from the Port Moody Can Can Dancers to local bands and headliners such as Trooper. The event also includes lots of food, craft beer vendors, arts and crafts, interactive activities and a youth talent competition. • June 30: 6-11 p.m., July 1-2: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., July 3: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Rocky Point Park, Port Moody • Free

Crab Park 30th Annual Festival

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Crab Park at Portside becoming an official waterfront park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Local acts include The Jesse Waldman Trio, Sinead Sanders with Double D & Sandy Bone, and The Mike Van Eyes Band, plus a First Nations opening ceremony, speakers, a water park and face painting for the kids. • 101 E. Waterfront Rd., North foot of Main Street • July 1, 1-4 p.m. • Free

Dominion Days Festival

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the Farm and party like it’s 1899 at this throwback event reviving Dominion Days. Enjoy live music, dance performances, carnival games, crafts and more. • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey • July 1 and July 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. • Free, 604-592-6956

 Dominion Day Festival at Historic Stewart Farm

Steveston Salmon Festival

“Canada’s Biggest Little Birthday Party Since 1945.” Celebrate our nation’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation with a pancake breakfast, followed by the kids bike parade at 9:30 a.m. then the big Canada Day Parade at 10 a.m. The festival kicks off at noon and includes an Opening Ceremony, Japanese cultural show, a trade show, horticultural show, children and youth festival, demonstrations, a food fair and artisan gallery, an inflatable carnival and midway, and a food truck festival which will operate for two days (July 1 and 2). The main attraction is the salmon barbecue where more than 1200 pounds of wild salmon fillets are grilled over open fire pits. • Steveston Village • July 1

Summer Salsa Cruise Series

Set sail with with us and celebrate the 17th season of the Summer Salsa Cruise Series. Features three floors of Latin music, three DJs, a complimentary salsa lesson and dance show, and food. • July 2 (Fiesta Blanca Kickoff Party to Latin Week in Vancouver), July 15, Aug. 12, Aug. 20 (Family Cruise), Aug. 26, Sept. 9 • MV Britannia, foot of Denman Street • 604-312-6772

Dancing on the Edge 2017

This annual festival of contemporary dance features thirty performances in mixed programs and full length works from more than twenty different dance companies and choreographers from across Canada. • July 6-15

 The 72nd Annual Steveston Salmon Festival

Indian Summer Festival

The 7th annual Indian Summer Festival returns with an offering of thought-provoking literary dialogues, world-class musical performances and public art exhibitions. Grammy Award-winning musicians, oral storytellers, hip-hop artists and international visionaries will collaborate at this summer festival in venues across the city. • July 6-15 •

The 2017 Greek Summer Fest

This family-friendly festival features lots of delicious Greek food and great multicultural entertainment. • 4641 Boundary Rd. • July 6-16, Mondays-Wednesdays: 4-10 p.m. / Thursdays-Sundays: noon-11 p.m. • Free admission, 604-438-6432

Theatre Under the Stars

TUTS injects a delightful dose of magical entertainment into summer with a pair of music-filled Broadway blockbusters: Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone. • Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Rd., Stanley Park • July 7 until Aug. 19, 8 p.m., performances run on alternate evenings (shows at 7 p.m. on Fireworks Nights) • 1-877-840-0457

 Theatre Under the Stars presents Mary Poppins

Whistler Children’s Festival

This long-running July event brings hands-on art workshops, crafts, theatre, multi-media, dance, music and magical performances to Whistler Olympic Plaza. • July 7-9

Carnaval del Sol

The largest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest, features Vancouver’s best Latin music, dancing, food and fiesta atmosphere. • Concord Pacific Place, False Creek • July 8 and July 9 • Free

Harrison Festival of the Arts

Enjoy festival activities set against the magnificent mountains and sandy beaches of Harrison Lake. This family-friendly event features music from all corners of the globe, as well as visual and literary arts, theatre, a large waterfront art market, workshops and a special day for children. • Harrison Hot Springs • July 8-16

 Carnaval del Sol is the largest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest.

Khatsahlano Street Party

Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival features a line-up bubbling over with poppy, danceable headliners, including The Zolas, The Courtneys, D.O.A. and Louise Burns; plus children’s entertainers; a yoga class; fashions shows, fitness classes; cooking demonstrations; 50 food trucks; games and shopping. • West 4th Avenue, Burrard to MacDonald in Kitsilano • July 8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Squamish Beer Festival 2017

This annual celebration of craft beer culture features 50 breweries, 120+ craft beers, live music and food trucks. • O’Siyam Pavilion, Downtown Squamish • July 8, 2-8 p.m. • $35, 778-903-4268


Vancouver’s premier local music and food vendor expo is a family-friendly, fun in the sun, all day music experience. A variety of food vendors will serve up a taco feast like no other. Enjoy the Ring Of Fire Taco eating contest, listen to music by multiple Vancouver-based rock bands and more. • Swangard Stadium, Burnaby • July 8, noon-10 p.m.

Car Free Day

Celebrate the vibrancy of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods. This annual arts and culture festival reclaims traffic thoroughfares as community focused public spaces, offering performances, vendors and activities for all ages. • Commerical Drive • July 9 • Free

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

The stages are set for another summer of classic theatre, featuring four classic Shakespeare plays plus a short-run contemporary drama. Together they’ll transport you from a mythical past to modern-day Venice and contemporary Vancouver. • Shows include: Much Ado About Nothing, until Sept. 23 | The Winter’s Tale, until Sept. 22 | The Merchant of Venice, June 22-Sept. 16 | The Two Gentlemen of Verona, June 29-Sept. 17 | Shylock, Sept. 6-15 • Vanier Park •  From $21, 604-739-0559

 The stage is set for another year of the Bard on the Beach Festival

Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

The 28th edition of this festival brings some of today’s top francophone artists into one amazing festival program. Enjoy an eclectic mix of concerts, with frenzied scat melodies, strains of ukulele (Combustion Lente), a racy interlude of sensuality (La Ceinture de Vénus) and percussion galore, all embellished with the rhythms of world music and chords on piano and guitar. • Various venues • June 14-27

Queer Arts Festival

Vancouver’s annual artist-run, multi-disciplinary festival presents challenging and thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and stimulates dialogue. This year’s theme, UnSettled, presents work from a Two-Spirit perspective, exploring contemporary roles and experiences, as well as providing a platform for innovation and experimentation at the intersection between the Indigenous and queer art milieus. • Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews • June 17-29

The 32nd annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

For more than three decades this signature festival has brought some of the world’s best artists together with audiences. This year showcases 300 indoor and outdoor performances, including a diverse lineup featuring international headliners. • June 23 until July 2

40th Anniversary: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

60 music acts from 20 countries, ten states and nine provinces will help celebrate the VFMF’s big 4-0. This year’s lineup includes Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shawn Colvin, Kathleen Edwards, Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Barenaked Ladies, women’s music icon Ferron and Her All Star Band, Scottish traditionalists, RURA, Chouk Bwa Libète from Haiti – and so many more. • Jericho Beach Park, July 13-16


Made In Canada: Inspiring Creativity and Innovation

Celebrate Canadian creativity and innovation with Science World’s original exhibition, Made in Canada, where you drive the creative process. Get hands-on and build the fastest bobsled, construct a piece of Vancouver architecture and create your own Canadian sound mashup. Vote for your favourite Canadian inventions, test fly a plane of your design, and discover famous (and not-so-famous) Canadian inventions. • Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St. • Until Sept. 4

 Made In Canada: Inspiring Creativity and Innovation is the new exhibit at Science World

South Arm’s Canada 150 Celebration

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with free food, Canada-themed activities and crafts, bouncy castles and a walk-through historic museum of South Arm’s history. Live performances include The Hip Show (Tragically Hip Tribute Band), the Children’s Choir of Richmond, Taiko 55 Drummers and Cherelle Jardine. • South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Rd., Richmond • June 24, noon-5 p.m. • Free, 604-238-8060

North Delta Family Day

This annual festival celebrates family, Canada Day and our cultural heritage. Enjoy a parade and a picnic of barbecued salmon, chicken dinner with all the trimmings, hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. • North Delta Community Park, 11311 87A Ave. • June 25, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free, 604-368-2372

Circo Osorio Circus

This intimate one-ring setting under the big top provides an up-close-and-personal circus experience. Aerial artists swing, acrobats tumble and artists defy the laws of gravity just inches from your seat. • Lansdowne Centre, Richmond: June 29-July 3 | Coquitlam Centre: July 6-10 • $25, under 10/free

Canada Day Skate

Bring the family and celebrate Canada Day at this Canada Day Skate. • Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam • July 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m. • $2/person, rentals included, 604-927-6027

Vancouver Maritime Museum: 150th Celebration

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with fun family- friendly crafts and activities. Experience multicultural Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts (10 a.m.-noon); get creative with a fishing boat printmaking workshop for children led by WePress (noon-4 p.m.), and explore the RCMP Vessel St. Roch, a National Historic Site of Canada. • Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Point • July 1 • $1.50, 604-257-8300

Sunset Celebrates Canada Day

Celebrate Canada’s 150+ Birthday with the community. Enjoy free activities and entertainment, including face painting, music, inflatables, rides, dance performances and more. • Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main St. • July 1, noon-4 p.m.

 Get your face painted and enjoy other fun activities at the Sunset Celebrates Canada Day event

Canada 150+: Unbe-LEAF-able Years

Celebrate Canada at the library! Have fun with video chat and meet kids on the other side of the country. Take part in fun trivia and talk about what makes you proud to be Canadian. For grades 2 and up. • Vancouver Public Library, Renfrew Branch, 2969 E. 22nd Ave. • July 6, 11 a.m.-noon • Free, 604-257-8705


Fly Over Canada

See Canada like never before at this new, all-ages ride. Take off into a huge domed screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience that takes you from east to west across Canada • Canada Place

 Explore the world’s first LEED Platinum-certified convention centre at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s Canada Day open house

Canada Is…

We’re more than maple syrup and moose. We go beyond beavers and hockey sticks. This exhibit shares what it means to be Canadian and is a celebration of 150 years of Canuck culture. • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey • Until Sept. 4, Fridays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m. • 604-592-6956

Vancouver Convention Centre: Open House

Explore the world’s first LEED Platinum-certified convention centre, home to the renowned TED Conference and other exciting events from around the globe. Learn about the facility’s many features including its marine habitat and six-acre living roof; visit the new Event Expo; learn about the convention and meetings business; and participate in fun family-friendly activities. • Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place • July 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free

Royal Canadian Mint

To celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Royal Canadian Mint is launching a special collection of coins. Each of these coins represents our Canadian identity, our collective pride and the significant moments we’ll never forget. • 752 Granville St. • 604-681-6772


Witness the migration of wild Pacific salmon in a 30-minute cinematic spectacle that explores the connection between nature and our urban environments. As the sun sets the undersurface of the bridge will transform into a wild river filled with migrating salmon. UNINTERRUPTED takes viewers on an immersive journey that has been repeated in B.C. waters for millennia. • Undersurface of the Cambie Stree Bridge, Coopers’ Park, 1020 Marinaside Crescent • June 28 until Sept. 20

FUSE: 2167—A Catapult into the Future

This special late-night art party returns to catapult the Gallery 150 years into the future—all the way to the year 2167! An eclectic array of unexpected happenings and surprise encounters will send this art-infused night into a time warp, creating an environment where FUSE-goers can ponder the present moment from the imagined vantage of 150 years into the future. • Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. • June 30, 8 p.m. • $24, free for VAG members

 Royal Canadian Mounted Police dressed in Red Serge uniform

Celebrate Canada’s 150: Red Serge Days

Celebrate Canada’s 150 by putting yourself in the picture with members of our iconic RCMP in their splendid Red Serge. • Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby • Tuesdays, July 4 until Aug. 29, noon-2 p.m. • 604-297-4565

Playland Nights: Adults Only

Enjoy evenings dedicated to adults-only, complete with beer, wine, food, midway games and of course, Playland’s exhilarating rides. This event includes a park-wide liquor license, guest DJ’s, special activities and signature cocktails, along with other special adult only, Playland-themed surprises. • July 7, 14, 21 and 28 • Playland Amusement Park, PNE Fairgrounds • July 7-28, Fridays, 7 p.m.-midnight • $22/$26,

Centennial Years in New Westminster: 1966-1967

Two one-hundred-year anniversaries were celebrated in New Westminster in consecutive years. The centennial of the union of the Colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island occurred in 1966 and Canada’s centennial in 1967. Join the City Archivist as he explores these two years in the Royal City using archival sources. • Anvil Centre, Room 417, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster • July 9, 2 p.m. • Free, registration required, 604-527-4640

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Prohibition City: Mobsters! Opium! Booze! From Victory Square to Chinatown. Delve into Vancouver’s dirtiest secrets on this scandal filled walking tour. | Lost Souls of Gastown: Walk the backstreets and alleyways of Victorian Gastown on this gothic theatre adventure. Discover stories of fire, smallpox, and murder. | Secrets of Stanley Park: Discover notorious crime scenes, glittering downtown vistas, historic totem poles, secret cemeteries, bizarre public art, and colossal old growth trees. • 604-227-7570

 Enjoy evenings dedicated to the 19+ crowd at the new Playland Nights: Adults Only event

The Vancouver Police Museum’s Sins of the City Walking Tours

Red Light Rendezvous: Take a journey back to a salacious time where liquor, ladies and lust ruled the streets. | Vice, Dice and Opium Pipes: Get an inside look into the lives of police officers who served the city over a century ago—when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs and organized crime. | Walking the Beat: No one knows the struggles of unveiling crime and corruption in the city better than the men and women who serve to protect it. • 604-665-3346

Surrey’s Heritage Rail

Take a ride on BCER 1225, a restored interurban railcar. The 1225 leaves from Cloverdale Station travelling through the farm lands to Sullivan Station, passing across Highway 10. Each ride is approximately 55 minutes round trip, and includes commentary along the way. • Cloverdale Station, Hwy. 10 and 176A Street, behind the Clydesdale Inn, Cloverdale • May 6 until Oct. 1, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. • $5, $10, $15


Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has taken inspiration from their iconic grand railway hotels and the train journey across the country to create a Canada 150 Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a perfectly steeped cup of tea, scones with Saskatoon berry compote, Canadian tea sandwiches and in-house baked sweets. A Children’s Tea is also available which includes kid-friendly tea sandwiches, scones, cookie and other delicious sweets. • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia St. • Until Sept. 3, daily sittings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. • $59/adult, $29.50/child (12 and under), 604-662-1900

 High tea

Hunters & Gatherers, A First Nations Feast – Tour & Dinner

Enjoy a delicious indigenous inspired feast complete with a cultural presentation by a world renowned performance team. Accompany a tour guide though the museum to discover stories of the hunters and gatherers who traditionally inhabited the sea to sky territory. • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler • Tuesdays and Sundays, 6 p.m. • $65/$25, 604-964-0990

The Long Long Table: A Community Affair

Pull up a chair and take a seat at The Long, Long Table and enjoy a unique dining experience with your community. This event offers the chance for people who work, live, and learn in Surrey’s downtown

core to come together and celebrate community and Canada’s 150th birthday. Feast on a delicious five-course meal outside in the scenic Civic Plaza, with each course featuring a different narrative of Canadian heritage. • Civic Plaza, 13450 104th Ave., Surrey • June 27, 5-9 p.m. • $40

Canada Day Cook Out

A gigantic outdoor party with local music, food, and beer. Includes performances by singer-songwriter Jessicka, pop-punk artists Supermoon, dream pop group Jody Glenham and the Dreamers, new wave act Gang Signs, tropical indie pop band Leisure Club, and 10-piece afrobeat outfit Camaro 67. • Olympic Village, 215 W. 1st Ave. • July 1, 1-8 p.m. • $10-$59

Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky goes above and beyond any restaurant you’ve ever been to. Guests are lifted more than 150 feet off the ground by a giant 200-foot crane to see the city in a way that they’ve never seen it before. Sky Chefs use first-class ingredients and serve dishes that are inspired by the most recent trends in modern cuisine. • July 1-31

 Take your dining to new heights at Dinner in the Sky

Seniors’ Strawberry Tea

You’re invited to the annual Seniors’ Strawberry Tea on Canada Day. This traditional event is hosted by Mayor and Council and they will be serving tea and strawberry cake to the seniors of Surrey. There will also be live entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy. • Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176th St., Surrey • July 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Edible Canada: Food Tours

Featured tours include: Granville Island Market Tour, Granville Island Gourmet Shopping Tour and Chinatown Tour with Dim Sum

Vancouver Brewery Tour

Fun and informative public and private brewery tours provide an exclusive peak of life in a Vancouver brewery.

Off the Eaten Track: Culinary Walking Tours

Tours include: Downtown Food Carts Tour’s Best Brunch Tour, The Railtown Urban Eats Tour, Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour and Vancouver Distillery Tour.

 The Bloody Ceasar is a distinctly Canada drink.

Bloody Caesars

This distinctly Canadian drink combines vodka, Clamato juice and spices. Whether you garnish yours with a celery stalk, a spicy bean, or go all out and order one of the crazy Caesars at

Score on Davie

(like the $60 Checkmate), be sure to hit a patio and toast Canada’s 150th with this classically Canadian cocktail.


Canada on Screen

The Cinematheque celebrates Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial with a year-long program of free screenings celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and its rich cinematic heritage. • The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. • Free, 604-688-3456

Giants Among Us: Rick Hansen & the Great White Sturgeon

A nation’s pride. A creature of legend. One of the world’s great rivers. Celebrate Canada 150 with Rick Hansen and filmmaker Robert E. Moberg at the premiere of the brand new documentary, Giants Among Us: Rick Hansen & the Great White Sturgeon. • Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. • June 24, 7 p.m. • $15

Cinema in the City: Like Crazy

Bring a chair and enjoy a free outdoor movie. Like Crazy (La pazza gioia, Virzì, 2016 – in Italian with English subtitles) is the story of Donatella and Beatrice, unruly residents of a psychiatric facility in Tuscany, who will forgo their differences in order to regain their freedom. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with entertainment and music, and the film starts at sunset. • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 630 Hamilton St. • June 28, 7 p.m. • Free

 Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor movie screening

Drive In Movie at the Heritage Park

Join Lightning McQueen and friends in an evening at the Drive-In. • West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Rd., Squamish • June 30, 8 p.m. • $20/carload, $5/walk-in (bring your own chair), 604-898-9336

Evo Summer Cinema

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars (weather permitting). Scheduled films are subject to change without notice.• July 4: The Lego Barman Movie | July 11: The Goonies | July 18: Toy Story | July 25: National Lampoon’s Vacation | Aug. 1: Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long | Aug. 8: Jaws | Aug. 15: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets | Aug. 22: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 • Second Beach, Stanley Park • Tuesdays until July 22, movies start after sunset • Free, reserved seating available for purchase

Canada 150+: Short Films for Families

Celebrate Canada 150+ at the library! Watch a special screening of short films curated by the National Film Board. For families with children ages 5+. • July 5, 1-2 p.m.: VPL Britannia Branch, 1661 Napier St., 604-665-2222 | July 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: VPL Renfrew Branch, 2969 E. 22nd Ave., 604-257-8705 | July 12, 2-3 p.m.: VPL Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, 604-665-3961 | July 21, 2-3 p.m.: VPL Dunbar Branch, 4515 Dunbar St., 604-665-3968 • Various Vancouver Public Libary branches • July 5-21 • Free

North Vancouver: Outdoor Family Movie Nights

The movies will shown on a big outdoor screen at sunset. Before the movie begins there will be lots of family-friendly activities including piano sing-alongs, trivia, costumes and a bike rodeo. • July 7: Teen Movie night: The Never Ending Story | July 21: The Secret Life of Pets | Aug. 4: The Lego Movie | Aug. 18: Moana • Civic Plaza, 141 14th St. West, North Van • July 7 until Aug. 18, movies start at dusk • Free


Celebrating 50 Years of Regional Parks

It’s been 50 years since Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system got its start. Come celebrate with us! There are 14,500 hectares of forests, fields, rivers and beaches to explore. Get a passport, visit regional parks and collect stamps along the way to earn rewards. You could even win a prize!

 Metro Vancouver’s watershed at Capilano Regional Park in North Vancouver

Deep Cove Kayak Races

The Tuesday night races are intended as fun, recreational races that encourage people of all abilities to come out and improve their paddling in a great environment. Newcomers are welcome, and each race has different distances to make sure there’s something for everyone and every age. Any paddlecraft is welcome as long as it is human powered. • Deep Cove, North Van • Every Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. until Sept. 12

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

Parks Canada celebrates Canada’s 150th by offering a free 2017 Discovery Pass. This pass offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country. • Canada wide, until Dec. 31 • 1-888-773-8888

Watershed Tours

Tours of Metro Vancouver’s three protected watersheds let you discover the source of your tap water. • Capilano Watershed, Fridays and Sundays, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Ages 13+ | Coquitlam Watershed, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Ages 13+ | Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Ages 3+

 KiteClash – Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships

Learn to Fish: Sanctuary Pond

Join the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. for this two-hour session where you’ll learn the basics of freshwater fishing including hatchery roles, fish identification, tackle, rod rigging, casting, and hands-on fishing. Ages 5+ • Sanctuary Pond in Hastings Park, 3000 E. Pender St. • June 28, 6-8 p.m. • By donation, registration required

Nocturnal Neighbours

Delve into the secret lives of park wildlife as Chris Currie, local biologist, shares presentations and hands-on research techniques. Ages 8+ • Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge • June 28, 7:30 p.m. • $8/$4.25, registration required, 604-432-6359,

KiteClash – Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the hottest kiteboarding event of the year. Canada’s largest kiteboarding competition features more than 70 athletes, including some of the biggest names in the sport. • Squamish Spit, Squamish • June 30 until July 3 • 778-266-0133

Run Canada Day

Run the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park at this 10k, 5k and 1k Kids Run. After the run enjoy free hot dogs and a Canada Day cake, plus a Kid’s Zone featuring bouncy castles and face painters. • 3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC • July 1

 Canada Cup International Softball Championship.

Canada Cup International Softball Championship

Extending the invitation to both National and Elite Club Teams, this years event has high hopes of being a promising and outstanding tournament. • Softball City, 2201 148th St., Surrey • July 7-17 • 604-536-9287


Illumination Summer Night Market

The largest summer lighting show in North America with nine different themes. There are over 300 food and merchandise booths, and 20+ events or performing shows every week. It’s family-friendly with a featured kid’s play zone and VIP lounge. • 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond • Until Sept. 10, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, gates open at 7 p.m. • $3 admission

Shipyards Night Market

Come down for great food, art, music, entertainment and shopping. Enjoy a showcase of local items from artisans and makers, live music featuring talent from around B.C., a beer garden pouring local craft beer and 35 food trucks serving locally made food. • East of the Seabus and the Lonsdale Quay at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, North Van • Until Sept. 30, Friday nights, 5-10 p.m. • Free admission

Farmers Markets: Burnaby/North Shore

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market: Burnaby City Hall Parking Lot, 4949 Canada Way, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until Oct. 28 | Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market, 123 Carrie Cates Ct., North Van. Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., until Oct. 28 | Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market, 1000 Argyle Ave., West Van. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., until Oct. 29

 Vendors and kiosks at the Richmond Night Market.

Farmers Markets: Vancouver

Shop local at one of the many Farmers Markets around Vancouver. • Trout Lake, Lakewood Dr. & E 13th Ave., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., until Oct. 21 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, until Oct. 5, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Kitsilano Community Centre, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until Oct. 22 | Main Street Station, 1100 Station Street, until Oct. 4, Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. | Dude Chilling Park, until Oct. 8, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Riley Park, 30th Ave. & Ontario St., June 24-Oct. 7, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | West End, 1100 Comox St., until Oct. 21, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

This local night market opens for its 17th season and will be hosting a Canada 150 celebration. Enjoy more than 200 vendor stalls, 500+ food choices from around the globe, live performances and carnival games. • 8351 River Rd., Richmond • May 12 until Oct. 9, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, gates open at 7 p.m. • $3.75 admission


Let’s Hear It For Yaletown: Free Outdoor Jazz

In celebration of 150 years of music in Canada, Yaletown will be hosting five days of free outdoor jazz. Taking place the week leading up to Canada day, the neighborhood will be serenaded with the sounds of live Canadian jazz bands at lunchtime and after work. • Bill Curtis Square, Canada Line Station at Mainland and Davie • June 26-30, Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. • Free

 Jamaican reggae musician Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

Son of reggae icon Bob Marley is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Presented by the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. • Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St. • June 26, 8 p.m. • $71/$76

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

American dance-punk band. • Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St. • June 27, 9 p.m. • $18

Ryan Adams

Roots-rock troubadour and singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his new album, Prisoner. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • June 27, 8 p.m. • $35, $45, $59.50

An Evening with Branford Marsalis and the VSO

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist will perform the first half of the show with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and in the second half he will be joined by his long-time quartet pianist Joey Calderazzo. Part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • June 28, 8 p.m. • $62-$86, 604-876-3434

Sounds of Summer Music Series

From Canadiana to sitar and tabla, celebrate different genres and music from around the world during Surrey’s free Sounds of Summer concert series. Our opening night as well as the grand finale will feature Canada 150 celebrations. Be sure to bring your folding chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to fully enjoy all the performances. • Surrey Parks • Wednesdays, June 28 until Aug. 30,  various times • Free

 !!! (Chk!Chk!Chk!) are an American dance-punk band.

Sonny Landreth

American blues/zydeco musician from southwest Louisiana is especially known as a slide guitar player, earning him the moniker ‘King of the Slydeco.’ • Blueshore Centre, Capilano University, North Van • June 29, 8 p.m. • $32/$30, 604-990-7810

Thievery Corporation

Electronic music duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, aka Thievery Corporation, celebrate the release of their new album, The Temple of I & I. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • June 29, 8 p.m. • $95-$110

OVO Canada Day Tribute

• OVO Canada Day Tribute Party returns to Happy Ending Fridays, with residents Rico Uno, Yurie, LeChance, My!Gay!Husband & JSPH playing originals and remixes from all your favourite OVO Sound artists including Drake, Partynextdoor and more. • Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender St.  • June 30, doors 10 p.m. •

Free with RSVP

An Evening with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Founded by pianist/arranger Scott Bradlee, SBPJ reimagines contemporary pop, rock, and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • June 30, 8 p.m. • $54-$70

 Thievery Corporation

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

July 1: Enjoy the festivities of Canada Day in Whistler, including this free concert from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrating the national day. | July 2: Spend the evening being treated to a performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra against the stunning mountain backdrop.

Queen + Adam Lambert

Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert will debut a brand new show especially designed and created for this tour, bringing fans all their favorite Queen hits, like Another One Bites the Dust and Bohemian Rhapsody. • Rogers Arena • July 2, 8 p.m. • $49.50, $69.50, $89.50, $125, $175

 Queen’s Brian May and Adam Lambert

Daniel Lanois

Canadian record producer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • July 5, 9:30 p.m. • $29.50

Canada 150 Summer Concert Series

Join the Township in celebrating our nation’s milestone at this free series. Local talent will be showcased all summer at the newly constructed Canada 150 Amphitheatre. • Willoughby Community Park, 7700 Block 202A St., Langley • Thursdays, July 6-Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. • Free

 Wiz Khalifa performs at this year’s FVDED In The Park


FVDED In The Park

Western Canada’s preeminent urban music festival with The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, PartyNextDoor, Dillon Francis and Ty Dolla $ign over three stages, plus up and coming artists Russ, Harrison Brome and others. • Holland Park • July 7 and 8, $199.50/Tier Two, $219.50/VIP

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

Performed live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this video game concert gives fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before. • Orpheum Theatre • July 7, 7 p.m.

Love the ‘90s – The Party Continues Tour

An all-new lineup of the ‘90s greatest hit-makers. TLC will take the reins on a nostalgia-driven blast from the past joined by a cast of 90’s hit makers including Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan, C+C Music Factory with Freedom Williams and SNAP! • Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. • July 8, 7:30 p.m. • $39.50, $59.50, $69.50, $89.50

Music on the Grill

Enjoy a barbecue dinner served al fresco on the patio with pre-show entertainment, followed by the evening’s marquee presentation in the Studio Theatre. Features a performance by acoustic folk music quintet The Bills, with Mildly Wild. • Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam • July 8, dinner 6:30 p.m., concert 8 p.m. • Dinner + show/$55, show only/$35, 604-927-6555

 The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs at Deer Lake Park.

VSO: Symphony in the Park

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs its annual free outdoor concert featuring Classical favourites and two of the most famous and beloved John Williams movie themes – Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. • Deer Lake Park, Burnaby • July 9, 7-9 p.m. • Free


Th’owxiya, The Hungry Feast Dish

Axis Theatre Company presents a tale by six Kwantlen First Nations storytellers that when you take something from the earth you must give something back. • June 24-25 and July 1-2 • Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre, UBC Botanical Gardens, 6301 Stadium Rd. • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Free

The Canada Show

Three comedic historians try to jam 15,000 years of Canadian history into just one hour. Featuring Justin Beaver, the comedy team of Cabot and Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets and every Canadian Prime Minister in one minute, this show takes you from the Bering Straight to Justin Trudeau in 60 laugh-packed minutes. Presented by Monster Theatre. • Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam • June 29, 7 p.m. • $20/$10 • Also playing at

North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre

on Aug. 30

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny

Vancouver TheatreSports League’s improvisers take a loving and comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian – poking fun at the stereotypes of Canada and Canadians. Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, lumberjacks or Timmy’s coffee to name only a few of the endless possibilities. • The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island • June 29-Sept. 2

 The cast of the Arts Club Theatre’s production of The Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet

Inspired by true events, this rocking jukebox musical takes you into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956, to witness the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll legends Presley, Cash, Lewis, and Perkins—for the first and only time. Experience all the hits that made these powerhouse stars the icons they are today. Presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company. • Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St. • Held over until July 16 • From $29,

Bittergirl: The Musical

This cathartic and catchy musical charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue. ’60s girl group music, like Be My Baby and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, provide the perfect backdrop for the bittergirls’ journey back to happiness. Who knew getting dumped could be so much fun? Presented by The Arts Club Theatre Company. • Granville Island Stage • Until July 29 • From $29, 604-687-1644,

City of Angels

The place – Los Angeles. The time – the late 1940s. A New York crime novelist agrees, at the behest of a Hollywood producer, to adapt his latest novel into a screenplay, but how much is he willing to sacrifice for a taste of fame and fortune? As the disillusioned author’s marriage falls apart, we see, simultaneously, the adventures of his detective presented as if in black and white film. The wisecracking and quick-witted ‘Detective Stone’ has a way with women but is forever haunted by the one who got away in this musical spoof of film noir crime novels and Hollywood’s treatment of writers. Presented by Putting It Together (PIT) Collective. • Performance Works, Granville Island • July 8-17 • $40

 Broadway Across Canada presents Phantom of the Opera as part of their 2017/18 season.

The Phantom of the Opera

Broadway Across Canada presents Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like Music of the Night, All I Ask Of You, and Masquerade, is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. • Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St. • July 12-23 • $37.50-$140,


Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist

Longshoreman, actor, musician, lecturer, poet, activist, environmentalist and First Nations leader; Dan George (born Geswanouth Slahoot) is well remembered. Raised on Burrard Indian Reserve #3, the son of hereditary chief George Sla-holt, he spent much of his life working as a longshoreman and logger, with an acting career that began when he was in his 60s. Although focused on Dan George, this exhibition also delves into significant events and individuals in the First Nations rights movement in B.C. and Canada. • North Vancouver Museum, Presentation House, 209 W. 4th St., North Van

 Chief Dan George

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

Significant as a landscape painter, this selection of artworks, drawn primarily from the gallery’s collection, includes some of Carr’s greatest canvases and oils on paper. • Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.

The Pull of the Net: Commercial Fishing in Canada

Celebrates the stories of the people, places, and achievements of the commercial cod and salmon fishing industry on Canada’s East and West coasts. This exhibition shares the story of how the fishing industry has shaped Canadian identity from pre-confederation to modern times. • Gulf of Georgia Cannery, 12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond • 604-664-9009


B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Exhibits, galleries and interactive displays tell the stories of sport in B.C. from the early 1800s to the current day. • B.C. Place, Gate A • 604-687-5520

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Natural history museum, including Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton. • 2212 Main Mall, UBC Campus • 604-822-5082

Britannia Mine Museum

Preserves the material and social history of mining in B.C. • Britannia Beach • 604-896-2233

Capilano Salmon Hatchery

Learn how fish develop from eggs to juvenile stage on a self guided tour, and see salmon making their way upstream during spawning season. • 4500 Capilano Rd., North Van • Free

 Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s Cliffwalk

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Features the 450ft-long suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk. • 3735 Capilano Rd., North Van • 604-985-7474

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Learn about space and the night sky through Planetarium shows, live demos, an interactive exhibit gallery and evening lectures. • 1100 Chestnut St. • 604-738-7827

Sea to Sky Gondola

Take in the amazing natural sights of the Howe Sound and its surrounding mountains on this gondola ride that boasts killer views from 2,700 feet above sea level. • Sea-to-Sky Hwy., Squamish • 604-892-2551

 The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

Vancouver Aquarium

4D experience movies, dolphin, beluga and sea lion shows, shark dives and sea otter feeds, plus behind-the-scene tours. • 604-659-3474

West Coast Railway Heritage Park

Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage railway equipment dating back to 1890. • 39645 Government Rd., Squamish • 604-898-9336

 Steven Page of the Bare Naked Ladies will headline Burnaby’s Canada 150 celebration

City of Burnaby: Canada Day 2017 with Steven Page

The City of Burnaby hosts a free Canada Day concert and fireworks display to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. Highlights include top-notch entertainment including headliner Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), activities, exhibitors and spectacular fireworks for the grand finale. • Swangard Stadium, Burnaby • July 1, gates 5 p.m. • Free

Surrey Canada Day

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with lots of family-friendly events and attractions. Highlights include world-class performances including headliners Hedley, Chilliwack and Magic!; amusement rides, a Canada150 Zone, a zip line, activities for all ages from a Strawberry Tea for seniors to Science World demonstrations for the kids, and a spectacular fireworks finale. • Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64th Ave., Surrey • July 1, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. • Free

Canada Day 2017 on Granville Island

Granville Island goes all out to present a day full of entertainment, music, spectacle, food, fun activities, street entertainment, and more. It’s all about celebrating Canada’s special birthday, with many of the events free of charge. • July 1

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum

The Burnaby Village Museum offers visitors the backdrop of its 1920s village streets, multi-cultural family entertainment including musicians, entertainers, displays and demonstrations. • Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave. • July 1, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Free admission, carousel rides $2.65, 604-297-4565

 Pop rock band Hedley headlines this year’s Surrey Canada Day celebrations

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day

Recognizing Canada’s 150th anniversary, there will be a special focus on Canadian music this year, including the Soundtrack Canada tribute to Canadian singers and songwriters and a Canadian-themed battle of the bands headlining act featuring Off the Record and The Ticket. Audience members will vote for their favourite, and both bands will lead the singing of O Canada before the fireworks finale. The kick off is in Town Centre Park at 12 p.m. with a variety of dance and musical performances starting at noon. • Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC • July 1, noon-10:30 p.m. • Free Admission

Canada 150 Atlantic to Pacific Drumming Celebration

A countrywide drumming event celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and the success of Canadian multiculturalism. All Canadians are invited to participate in this once-in-a-life-time experience. This simultaneous, national drumming celebration aims to achieve a Guinness World Record. • Creekside Park, 1455 Quebec St. • July 1, 10 a.m. • Free

Canada Day – Fort Langley

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Enjoy multicultural music, cake and ceremony at noon and family activities. Fort Langley’s celebration continues at the neighbouring museums: Langley Centennial Museum and the B.C. Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum. • Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley • July 1 • Free admission, 604-513-4777

 The annual Canada Day parade will take to the streets in downtown Vancouver on July 2

Richmond Canada Day

The City of Richmond is hosting the ultimate birthday party in celebration of Canada’s 150th year of Confederation. The brand new Richmond Canada Day in Steveston presented by YVR will feature a free, full-day street party throughout Steveston Village along side the Steveston Salmon Festival. A headline performance by Juno Award-winners Wintersleep and fireworks over the Fraser River will cap off the celebrations. • Steveston • July 1, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. • Free

Langley Canada Day JRBQ 

The Township of Langley, the Langley Events Centre, and 93.7 JRfm are once again partnering to present their annual Canada Day celebration. Enjoy a wide variety of activities, community vendors, live entertainment on two stages, food trucks, and a barbecue to benefit Basics for Babies. Bring your family to the action-packed Kids’ Zone that features face painting, mini golf, Pacific Trackless Trains, arts and crafts, inflatables and games. • Willoughby Community Park, Langley • July 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free parking and admission, 604-882-8800

Abbotsford’s 150th Birthday Canada Day

Abbotsford’s 150th Canada Day celebration features a parade along South Fraser Way at 11 a.m., followed by lots of family-friendly fun from 1-10 p.m. including Main Stage entertainment, an Artisan Market, Food Truck Festival, play zones, pony rides, hay rides and a fireworks grand finale at 10 p.m. • July 1, Abbotsford Exhibition Park

Canada Day by the Bay

Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities from morning to night. Highlights include live music, a Kids Zone with games and activities, the White Rock Firefighters Charity BBQ, 80+ vendors, and a fireworks finale at 10:15 p.m. • White Rock Beach • July 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. • Free

Canada Day Celebration: My Canada, My Maple Ridge

The colour guard party leads a parade into the park at the start of the formal protocol ceremony and awards presentations. Enjoy three stages presenting arts, culture, music and dance; plus activities; a Farmer’s Market; a fire department community barbecue; children’s games and more. • Memorial Peace Park, 224th Street & McIntosh Avenue, Maple Ridge • July 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Red and White Picnic

The Canada Day Red & White Picnic takes place at

John Lawson Park in West Vancouver

on July 1 from 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, pack a picnic or choose from a variety of food vendors and enjoy a pleasant evening of fresh air, amazing views and live entertainment.

 Put on your red and white outfit and head to West Van’s Lawson Park for the annual Red & White Picnic

Celebrate Canada Day in Horseshoe Bay

Join Karen Fowlie and Friends for a special Canada 150 celebrations with a free concert recognizing Canadian Women in Song. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a musical journey beginning with music by Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan as well as tributes to the legendary Leonard Cohen and Canada’s treasured, The Tragically Hip. • Horseshoe Bay Park, West Van • July 1, 7-10 p.m. • 604-925-7000

Canada Day at the Peak of Vancouver

Wear your red, wave the Canadian flag with pride, and enjoy all of the festivities the mountain has to offer. Try your hand at axe-throwing, show off your hockey skills at our puck shoot-out and capture a keepsake photo with our mascot Grizwald the Bear. Take in Canadian movie classics in the Theatre in the Sky, enjoy live music and be sure to catch the special Canada 150 edition of the World Famous Lumberjack Show. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, be part of history as Grouse Mountain attempts to break the Guinness World Reord for the “largest human maple leaf.” • July 1

 The Canada 150 Atlantic to Pacific Drumming Celebration is a countrywide drumming event celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary

North Shore Canada Day Parade

Everyone seems ready for a party and this year’s parade will be better and bigger than usual. Kick the morning off with The Lions Club’s popular pancake breakfast on Grand Boulevard before the parade, and stick around after the parade ends for the North Vancouver Royal Canadian Legion’s barbecue. • 604-721-4462

North Vancouver Celebrates Canada’s 150th

This free event includes fun things to see and do for all ages! Highlights include main stage entertainment featuring live music and dance performances, plus roving performers, food trucks, lots of family-friendly activities and more. • Waterfront Park, North Van • July 1, noon-4 p.m.

Canada 150 Evening Event: North Vancouver

A special Canada 150 event hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert in the park. This new event will include live music, a number of Vancouver’s favourite food trucks, a beer garden featuring Red Truck Brewing, and a great location from which to watch Vancouver’s Canada Day fireworks. • Waterfront Park, North Van •  July 1, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Chilliwack Canada Day 150

Start your morning with a delicious pancake breakfast at the Evergreen Hall, followed by lots of family-friendly activities at Townsend Park including crafts, bouncy castles and a ride-on train. Catch a performance at the Prospera Community Stage, browse the pop-up market and get some eats at one of the local food trucks. The evening’s festivities features musical performances, the Opening Canada Day 2017 ceremonies and a fireworks finale. July 1, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Townsend Park, 45130 Wolfe Rd., Chilliwack


 Canada fireworks light up the sky over Burrard Inlet

New Westminster: Canada Day 2017

A day of fabulous fun and celebrations for the entire family. Activities include arts and heritage workshops, community groups presentations and diverse performances that celebrate the story of Canada. • Queen’s Park Bandshell, New West • July 1, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Canada Day in Delta, Ladner and & Tsawwassen

Celebrate Canada Day in a big 150th birthday way at three celebrations around the Delta area. •

Chalmers Park

in North Delta

presents fireworks, children’s activities, barbecue food vendors, live music and an official ceremony. |

Kirkland House

in Ladner

, 12:30-4 p.m., will have live music, children’s rides and games, a family picnic, and a performance by the Delta Police Pipe Band. |

Diefenbaker Park

in Tsawwassen

, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for hot dogs and drinks, birthday cake, live entertainment, face painting, and official ceremony and cake cutting.

Port Moody’s Canada 150 Zone

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Port Moody is organizing a special Canada Day celebration. Spend the day at beautiful Rocky Point Park, hang out with Recreation staff playing games and winning prizes, join in a community art project with one of the community partners and try your hand at ring toss and mini-golf. At 9 p.m. take in a concert featuring Canadian rock legends, Trooper, followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the Burrard Inlet at 10:30 p.m. • The Zone is located adjacent to the Golden Spike Days at the Rocky Point Boat Launch, Port Moody • July 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free

Mt. Lehman Canada Day Parade

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in historic Mount Lehman and enjoy the annual Canada Day parade. • 6418 Mt. Lehman Rd., Abbotsford • July 1, the coffee is on at 8 a.m., and the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. • Free

Canada Day Celebrations in Whistler

Whistler celebrates the entire week with street entertainment, special events and free concerts – it’s a party no matter where you’re from and this year it’s Canada 150 so it will be extra special! Celebrate with free concerts, crafts, a parade through the Village Stroll and cake. 1-800-944-7853

Canada Day at West Coast Railway Heritage Park

Celebrations include: Speeder rides, mini rail steam, electric and gas engines each with a story of Canada. Fun zone with mini-golf, face painting, bouncy castle and lots more fun for the kids. Take a historic walking tour and hear the story of how the railways built Canada. • West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Rd., Squamish • July 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free, 604-898-9336

Dominion Day – Canada 150 Celebration

Celebrate Confederation by exploring your local history. Take a guided tour at noon or 2 p.m. and hear the whole story of Harrison Mills and the Kilby Family, then join us under the Willow Tree for a tasty barbecue. • Kilby Historic Site, 215 Kilby Rd., Harrison Mills • July 1 • By donation, 604-796-9576

Hope Canada Day 2017

Day time activities in Memorial Park will include the Hope Motorsports Group Classic Car Show, a KidZone with games, face painting, and live music. n the evening, head over to Sixth Avenue Park for some more great performances and activities. This year, live entertainment will include a performance by the Modini Drum Line and multiple award winning music artists, including Jayme Knyx, Rockin’ Chair, and  Canadian Idol finalist Jaydee Bixby. There will be plenty of children’s activities and, of course, fireworks! • Hope, B.C. •  July 1, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., 604-869-2304

Canada 150 Celebrations with 54.40

Iconic Canadian band 54.40 will help us celebrate Canada Day 150 right with a free concert. Other highlights include the Canadian kids bike parade, pony rides, a kid zone bouncy castle and ParticipACTION 150 area, a firetruck display, Laughing Lumberjack comedy shows and interactive axe throwing, Chimera Theatre shows and interactive performances. • Sun Peaks Resort, 1280 Alpine Road, Sun Peaks, B.C. • July 1 • 250-578-5388

 54.40 performs at this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Sun Peaks Resort

Canada 150 Celebrations: Manning Park

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with this special event. Highlights include a barbecue, kid’s crafts, face painting, Canadian music, community partners, historical entertainers, and free Canada Day cupcakes! • Lightning Lake Day Use, 7500 Hwy. #3, Manning Park, B.C. • July 1, 11 .am.-3 p.m.

Spirit of 150 Victoria

Enjoy 11 days of free outdoor events in the beautiful Inner Harbour and commemorate our nation and Victoria’s multicultural artistry. Enjoy diverse food and beverage offerings and main stage entertainment including headliners Tegan and Sara (June 30) and the Arkells (July 1), plus a spectacular Canada Day fireworks display on July 1. • Victoria, B.C. • June 21-July 1

Nanaimo 150

Highlights include a Kids Zone, food vendors, live entertainment, interactive booths, a Commemorative Bathtub Run from Nanaimo to Vancouver, a community stage, the Nanaimo 150 Celebration Show and a fireworks finale at dusk. • Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, B.C. • July 1

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