Canada Day—Friday, July 1—is fast approaching, and the Top 10 Canada Day Events around Vancouver include two huge celebrations right here in the city: Canada Day at Canada Place and Canada Day on Granville Island.
Canada Day on Granville Island is an all-day celebration packed with fun for all ages. There’s a free Canada Day Parade, an official Canada Day Ceremony (complete with cake), free concerts from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and much, much more. Here’s a quick guide to the essentials:
Where: Granville Island, located just south of downtown Vancouver, on False Creek. Because Canada Day attracts large crowds, nearby parking will be extremely hard to find. Get there via bus or take the Aquabus (which has a 2-for-1 Canada Day Special) from downtown / Yaletown. Or, ride your bike and take advantage of the free bike valet.
When: Friday, July 1, from 7:30am – Midnight
- 7:30am – 11am Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast – Enjoy Canadian bacon, fresh pancakes, and real maple syrup for $8 per person.
- 1:30pm – 2pm 12th Annual Canada Day Parade – The free parade includes stilt walkers, lion dancers, decorated bikes, and more. Starting at Ocean Construction and ending at Ron Basford Park.
- 2pm – 2:30pm Official Canada Day Ceremony – Get patriotic with a round of the national anthem at this free ceremony, which includes free cake for kids.
- Jazz on Canada Day – Enjoy an all-day roster of free, live music courtesy of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival at four different venues. Performances include the Ribcage Trio at the Market Stage, Birds of Paradox and the Peggy Lee Band at the indoor Performance Works, and B Funk and L’Zo at the Railspur Alley Park Stage. Find a complete line-up here.
- Voiliers Spectacle – Breathtaking French acrobats Franck and Delphine present two, silent acrobat shows, both performed behind the Market: The Navigators at 5:30-5:50pm, and the Entre Île et Aile at 7:30pm – 7:50pm.
- MELA! Festivals International Pavilion – Celebrate world cultures from 10am – 7pm at the MELA! Pavilion, which features a lively bazaar filled with music, dance, arts, crafts, and mouth-watering food from around the globe.
- Children’s Pavilion – Catch two fantastic kids’ performers in action from 10:30am – 3:30pm: the French music group JouTou and the incredible Jacky Essombe and friends, who perform dance, virtuoso percussion, and call-and-response singing from the African countries of Cameroon, Guinea, and Zimbabwe.