Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver spread cheer
With a bumper crop of events this year, there’s no reason not to don your tuque, grab some maple syrup, and celebrate this Canada Day.
For those in the city, there’s the annual Canada Day Parade and Canada Day at Canada Place, which features performances from an all-Canadian lineup of artists including the Dal Richards Orchestra, Alex Cuba, Alpha Yaya Diallo, and Dr. Strangelove.
Granville Island gets into the patriotic act with O Canada Day!, an all-day celebration complete with free jazz performances courtesy of the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, face painting, roving characters, tattoos, and a parade.
Even Crab Park gets into the Canadian spirit with a series of free concerts by artists like Jimy Now and the Rebeat Generation, the Stingin' Hornets featuring Howard Rix, and Gabriola Island's Shed.
This year, the Waldorf Hotel hosts a double-header of events, including the Canada Day Crasher multiroom dance party and the family-friendly Canada Day Block Party, which includes (among other things) the largest street-food gathering in Vancouver.
Folks in the ‘burbs can stop by Surrey Canada Day for some free concerts from the Sam Roberts Band, the High Bar Gang, and children’s entertainer Will Stoet. If your little ones like to do arts and crafts, try the Langley Centennial Museum’s Canada Day Celebration for crafts, scavenger hunts, colouring contests, face painting, a balloon artist, old-fashioned games and races, performances, and workshops.
If you’re in Whistler, check out the Canada Day Celebrations, which highlight a parade, concerts, fireworks, and a street carnival.