Canada Day celebrations around BC

Canada Day celebrations around BC
Canada Day celebrations around BC

Travelling in BC this long weekend July 1-3rd? Staying close to home? No matter what corner of the province you find yourself in on Friday, there are lots of opportunities to celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday! Here are some of our insider tips for fun events: Cariboo Chilcotin Coast 100 Mile HouseWatson Barn area in the 108 Mile Heritage Site, from 11-4:30 July 1st. Music, entertainment, petting zoo, food and more.BarkervilleTug o’ war, funny face contest, greasy pole climb, children’s races and family fun. And PBS travel documentary series Travelscope will also be joining the festivities, apparently. More infoBella CoolaThe Bella Coola Rodeo, one of the largest amateur rodeos in Western Canada, takes place annually during this weekend. Cowhands show their skills and there’s bronco riding, barrel racing, calf tie-down, team roping, bull riding and the infamous cow patty bingo (July 2-3rd). More infoWilliams LakeCelebrate at Boitanio Park – entertainment, clowns, games, displays, prizes, plus a Great Big Canada Cake! 1-4pm July 1st. The 85th annual Williams Lake Stampede also starts on Friday. Yeeha! More infoKootenay RockiesCranbrookBirthday cake and fireworks at Moir Centennial Athletic Park. More infoFernieCheck out a mountain market with artisans and family games. There’ll also be a cake cutting ceremony, playground unveiling, luminary workshop and a Samba band. More infoFort SteeleKimberley Community Band start the celebrations, followed by birthday cake, family games, wagon and steam train rides, living history street dramas and more. More infoNakuspCelebrations begin with a Pancake Breakfast by the volunteer firefighters, a parade, plus a variety of family activities, music and games at the community. More info
RevelstokePancake breakfast, parade, flag raising, cake cutting, live music, children’s games, slow pitch tournament and a bocce tournament. More infoTrailPancake breakfast followed by the official opening ceremonies including the raising of the flag, cutting of the cake and speeches. Face painting, games and races and more. More infoNorthern BCChetwyndLocal residents, businesses and groups create and decorate floats for the Chetwynd parade. There will be categories for floats, decorated bicycles, horses and others. More infoDawson CreekOne of the longest-running regional events involves a parade followed by a traditional pit barbecue, entertainment and fireworks. More infoFort St. James Check out the town’s classic Canada Day parade then head over to Fort St. James National historic site for events all day long! More infoFort St. JohnStart with a pancake breakfast at the Legion (8am), take in the parade at 11am, then head to the park for celebrations all day – and fireworks!Haida GwaiiCelebrate Canada Day in Port Clements with mud bog races, beach volleyball, battle of the bands, fishing derby and more!Hudson’s HopeBBQ, swim, treats, entertainment and more, 11am-4pm at Beattie Park and the Swimming Pool. MackenzieStart the day off with a 2.5km or 5km walk/ run or a 10km run at 10am. Family activities start in the park at 1:30pm. Prince George5 hrs of non-stop performances, a craft fair, children’s activities, a native cemetery and miniature railway train rides, and concession stands serving international food. More infoPrince RupertInternational foods, children’s games, live music and other entertainment, plus birthday cake and fireworks, at Mariner’s Park. More infoSmithersPancake breakfast at 8am, followed by activities, cake and more at Heritage Park.TerraceCome out with your friends and family to Heritage Park’s annual Canada Day Celebration for a day filled with cultural events, food and fun.VanderhoofFestivities throughout the day capped off with fireworks at 11pm. 6am-11pm at the Vanderhoof Museum, Riverside Park and Ferland Park.
Thompson OkanaganArmstrongHead to Memorial Park for games, food, music, entertainment and presentation of the 2011 Citizen of the Year. More infoKamloopsThe 30th Annual Art in the Park (free) will take place in Riverside Park all day. There’s also a Canada Day Fireworks Train! More infoKelownaActivities at Waterfront Park all day, plus a free live concert of the Kelowna Pops Orchestra at Prospera Place.Lake CountryA pancake breakfast by the Rotary Club and Root Beer Garden by the Lions. Entertainment includes the Lake Country Big Band, a variety of local talented musicians, games and rides. More infoOsoyoosYum! Celebrate at the Osoyoos Cherry Festival at Gyro Beach! Pancake breakfast, parade, cherry pit spit contest, fireworks and more. More infoPentictonFree cake and balloons in Gyro Park! More infoSalmon ArmFun , free, Salmon Arm Children’s Festival returns to the North Fairgrounds. 10am-3pm.SummerlandEntertainment, giveaways, food and fun at Memorial Park, 12-4pm.Sun Peaks ResortJo’s Road Race, Mountain of Beer and Chili Cook-Off, rock climbing wall, performances from clowns, 5 Star Dog Agility Demonstrations, a bouncy castle, and more in the Village. More infoValemountInterpretive talks and history games, plus fun for children, dancing and a cake cutting ceremony. More infoVernonPancake breakfast, food booths, face painting, fish tank, balloons, opening ceremony, stage performers and 10:15 pm fireworks to end the day. More infoWestsideThe weekend of fun, entertainment and food starts on July 1. BBQs and breakfasts, rides, concerts, show and shine and "the Okanagan’s best fireworks". Vancouver Coast & MountainsAbbotsfordStart the day off with a pancake breakfast at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park, then check out the parade through downtown. Festivities continue all day at the Exhibition Park, including live music from Charlotte Diamond and others. 8am-10pm.GibsonsBe at Winegarden Park from 12-6pm for live music, and food. Also check out paddling demonstrations by the Gibsons Paddle Club.LangleyFree concerts, mini golf, bike demos, a craft fair, a food fair, vendors, magicians, face painting, and fireworks! 11am-11pm, McLeod Park.MissionHead to Fraser River Heritage Park for a pancake breakfast, Superdawgs performance, extreme biking, gladiator jousting, loggers and fireworks! 8am-11pm.North VancouverThe parade starts at 10am at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard and proceeds down 13th Street to Lonsdale, turning north on Lonsdale. Then head to Waterfront Park from 12-4pm for live performances, with everything from bagpiping to juggling to martial arts. PembertonParade and family events at Pemberton Cottonwood Community Centre. More infoPowell RiverOpen Air Market 10:30-2:30 for live music and farmers’ market, then on to Willingdon Beach from 4-10pm with cake and a bonfire on the beach.RichmondSteveston Village in Richmond closes the streets and and festivities abound near the Steveston Community Centre, including the famous salmon BBQ and Japanese martial arts, bonsai, and ikebana demonstrations. 10am-5pm.SecheltLions Club Pancake Breakfast – 8-11am. Bicycle decorating contest to be ready for the big parade at 11. Live entertainment, kids games, bike clinics and craft festival in Hackett Park and on Cowrie Street.SurreyWestern Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration includes live entertainment, fireworks and a kid zone. All concerts are free, and there are attractions and rides. More infoVancouverArt, entertainment and activities at the Waterfront Party from 10 am – 6 pm, featuring over 30 bands on five stages. The Canada Day Parade is at 7 pm followed by the Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks at 10:30 pm. More infoWhistlerStarting at 8am in the village with yoga, pancake breakfast, parade, entertainment, live music and fireworks! Events continue all weekend and into July 4, to celebrate our American friends’ Independence Day. More infoVancouver IslandCowichan LakeAnnual Canada Day Multicultural Storytelling Festival: multicultural music, theatre, dancing, storytelling, artists in dialogue, arts, crafts and foods. Face painting, childrens’ crafts, games, and local folklore. More infoDuncanLive entertainment, crafts, face painting and ol’ time sports day. Island Savings and Peter Baljet provide the admission and train rides. More infoGulf IslandsFireworks, car show and music on Saltspring Island. BBQ, music, vendors, kids games and beer garden on Saturna Island. LadysmithFamily activities and fun, sun and music at Transfer Beach. More infoNanaimoRoving entertainment, cultural food, farmer’s market, parade and more. 11am-3pm, Maffeo Sutton Park. ParksvilleCanada Day parade, kite flying demonstration, go karts, live music and vendors from 10am-11pm.Port HardyParade, craft booths, live music, food and more at at Storey’s Beach. More infoTofino/UclueletFace painting, music, arts and crafts. 12-3pm at the Village Greens in both communities.VictoriaVictoria Celebrates Canada Day 2011 will include family-frienddly events, music performances, fireworks, and ‘A Flavour of Canada’ July 1-3, 2011, at Victoria’s Inner Harbour! More infoAre there any big Canada Day events going on in your BC community that we missed? Feel free to post a comment!

Posted by Destination BC on 2011-06-30 16:03:41

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