5 Free Kid-Friendly Canada Day Celebrations

Whether you’re looking to celebrate with a crowd, or enjoy some quiet festivities with your family, here are 5 ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday that are sure to get you buzzing about the True North, and all that Canada has to offer.

1) Granville Island Canada Day Celebration

Head to Granville Island and celebrate the cultural diversity and national pride of our country! Then stick around for live entertainment, artwork, food and drinks, as you take in the day’s festivities.

For the kids, check out the Spray! Splash! Play! party, happening at the Granville Island Water Park – the best spot to cool down after a fun day celebrating Canada’s birthday.


2) Canada Day at Canada Place

Celebrate our freedom, values, and diversity in the heart of Vancouver! This award-winning daytime event will feature a main stage headliner performance by JoJo Mason, a Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians, the Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone, a Picnic Plaza with picnic tables and family-friendly activities, food trucks, a fireworks show, and so much more!

Note: the Canada Day Parade will no longer be a part of the day’s festivities.


3) North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration

Enjoy amazing food and loads of fun at this free event hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate! Head to Waterfront Park in North Vancouver from 12pm-4pm, and local performers, displays from North Shore community members, and free cupcakes kindly donated by North Shore dignitaries! With on-site entertainment ranging from balloon artists and a fire juggler, to bouncy castles and a 24’ high climbing wall, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family!


4) Celebrate Canada at the Steveston Salmon Festival

Start your day early and head to Steveston Village for a 6:30am pancake breakfast, then stay for the kids bike parade at 9:30am, and the Canada Day parade which is set to begin at 10am. Lunch on a slab of freshly-caught smoked salmon at the salmon BBQ, or pick up a plate of your favourite food at the food fair or from one of the many food trucks on site. Spend the day celebrating with a stroll through the Car Show, a play at the Children’s Festival, or taking in the Horticulture Show. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay until the sun goes down!


5) Celebrate in Surrey at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

Enjoy live musical performances by Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel, dine on delicious dishes at the food truck festival, and have fun on the amusement rides, watching drone racing, and getting active as a family in the Sports Zone. For the kids, head to Kids’ World, Toddler Town, or Fraser Surrey Docks for fun arts & crafts.


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