Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!
Vancouver Guide: 15 Things To Do To Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in Style
Happy birthday, Canada!
Here is part two of my Vancouver city guide, just in time for a momentous occasion. July 1, 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday and you better believe that we Canadians, as a nation, have been celebrating all year long! According to Tourism Vancouver’s website, Lonely Planet voted Canada the number one country to visit in 2017! Explore the hashtag #Canada150 and you will discover how Canadians all over the country have been partying the big 1-5-0. If you live in the Greater Vancouver area or plan to visit for the celebration, here are 14 things to do and see on Canada’s 150th birthday.
- Science World at Telus World of Science is celebrating all things Canadian and Vancouver with their current exhibition, Made in Canada. Discover Canadian inventions, creations, innovations and inspiration. This exhibition is fun, interactive and great for all ages! There’s plenty to do, see and create. It’s great fun for families and couples!
- The annual Canada Day fireworks display in the Burrard Inlet will be taking place again this year, brought to you by Port of Vancouver. The show will be in the evening of July 1st, and usually starts after 10pm. You can get there early and claim an unobstructed view at Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, Crab Park and Harbour Green Park. The show can also be seen from North and West Vancouver.
- Canada Day at Canada Place is going to be a two-day party this year thanks to the big 150. The Canada Day Parade is taking place on July 2nd this year, (not the 1st!) to end the weekend-long birthday festivities at Canada Place. The parade begins at 5 p.m. on the corner of West Georgia & Broughton, runs east along West Georgia, north on Burrard and ends at West Pender.
- Granville Island knows how to throw a Canadian style party and it will be no different this year! I’d recommend taking transit, walking or
biking to Granville Island on this day because it will be very busy thanks to the plethora of events taking place all throughout the island. Get ready for a whole lot of entertainment, food, art and fun.
- Do you love pancakes? BBQ’s? Then head down to Steveston Village in Richmond for the Steveston Salmon Festival for exactly that and more. You could spend the entire day at the festival, starting with the pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m., enjoying the Canada Day parade at 10 a.m. then enjoying the famous salmon bbq, but get them before they sell out!
- Do you live north of Vancouver? Then avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and head down to Waterfront Park in North Vancouver for live music, food, local artisan vendors and activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s an easy 5 minute walk from Lonsdale Quay. You can also take the seabus if you’re coming from Vancouver.
- The City of Burnaby has two events worth mentioning. The first is the Canada Day Concert at Swanguard Stadium, located on 3883 Imperial Street. It is a free event that begins at 5 p.m. You’ll be able to enjoy various live performances, food and a mini fireworks display at the end of the night. The second free event worth visiting is at Burnaby Village Museum from 11 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Enjoy live entertainment, games, food, cool cars and the museum.
- If you’re in the mood to go right to the roots of Canadian history, then plan to make a visit to historic Fort Langley village, the birthplace of British Columbia. Visit the historical sites, walk along the Fraser River, take in the live entertainment, visit the cute shops, indulge in treats and enjoy the nation’s birthday festivities at this charming village, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- In love with Mother Nature? Then head up to Whistler Village for their Canada Day celebration. According to the schedule on their website, it is a short affair, as there’s so much beauty to take in, many outdoor activities to enjoy, a must visit to Scandinave Spa for rejuvenation, or time to enjoy many restaurants, pubs and shops afterwards. If you get to the event before 12:30 p.m., you have a chance to win free lift tickets!
- Are you a fan of Hedley or Magic? You’re in luck because they will be performing live and for free at the Surrey Canada Day celebration at Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre. The party will start at 10 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. There are scheduled live performers every hour and a huge dance party celebration with DJ Flipout and firework display to end the party and fun.
- Experience the charm of Vancouver island, by taking a ferry or plane ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The city of Victoria has been celebrating #Canada150 from the beginning of the year and starting on June 21st, Spirit of 150, an eleven day celebration, has been taking place daily at the inner harbor. Enjoy the activities, food, daily live music, including big names like the Arkells & Tegan and Sara and so much more! Just be sure to plan your trip accordingly and expect delays.
- Grouse Mountain is one of Vancouver’s local and widely loved mountain. Whether you decide to hike the Grind or take the gondola up to the top of the mountain, take some time to enjoy the great outdoors and activities offered at the peak of Vancouver like the ziplines, helitours, paraglides, patio, bear watching and mountain disc golf.
- A roundup of Vancouver’s best food trucks for YVR Food Fest Canada Day Cookout will commence the Canada Day festivities, starting on June 27th till July 2nd at Olympic Village. Enjoy foodie heaven, amazing local craft beer and then burn off the calories by dancing to the live bands and dj’s performing.
- If you’d like a calming and refined party, then enjoy some delicious Canada 150 afternoon tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Enjoy the tastes of Canada with their carefully crafted afternoon tea menu and let your taste buds celebrate Canada’s 150. Sittings are for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are required.
- If you live in the Fraser Valley, consider visiting Abbotsford’s Canada 150th birthday parade, performers, artisans, market, and food vendors at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. Event starts at 11 a.m. with the parade and will end at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display.
I wish you a very safe, fun and happy Canada Day long weekend! Let me know in the comments below how you plan to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Remember to show your pride and love for Canada by wearing red and white clothing wherever you decide to celebrate this beautiful country we are blessed to call home!