Oh Canada! Outside of international sporting events and backpacking, Canadians often choose to be confidently-but-quietly patriotic. The other exception is Canada Day. On July 1, across the nation we pay tribute to the 1867 confederation of Canada with red and white face paint, fireworks, festivals, oceans of flags and even more beer and poutine – all in the name of celebrating our country’s freedom, values and diversity.
In Vancouver, many people head to downtown’s Canada Place, right on the waterfront, where they enjoy a family-friendly celebration throughout the day. Watch as new Canadians take the pledge during a citizenship ceremony, take in a performance on the main stage, enjoy some of the city’s favourite food trucks, exhibitions, and of course, the annual fireworks display.
Another perennial favourite is celebrating Canada Day down at Granville Island. A big part of the attraction is the four free musical stages around the district programmed by the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. And that’s just the start – the island also organizes a small parade around the area, an official ceremony (with cake!) and plenty of arty activities with a carnival atmosphere.
Want a more active option? Try the Run Canada Day 10K / 5K out at Pacific Spirit Park near the University of British Columbia. Less active option: just head to the nearest restaurant for a stack of pancakes with maple syrup and Canadian bacon on the side. Or the Steveston Salmon Festival. Or the closest bar and order a Caesar – Canada’s national cocktail!
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Photo Credit: Canada Place website