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Celebrating Canada Day in Metro Vancouver

Last Updated Jul 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm PDT

Crowds descend upon Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver to take part in Canada Day festivities. (Taran Parmar, NEWS 1130)
Summary

Events are taking place across the country to mark Canada Day, including a number of celebrations in Metro Vancouver

Amid the trade war, Justin Trudeau won't be on Parliament Hill this Canada Day but there's still plenty to celebrate

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Today is about celebrating all things Canadian.

“No matter where we are, today, as Canadians, we celebrate Canada and the people who have built the country we love,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in his yearly address. As the country introduces retaliatory tariffs on US goods, Trudeau also took the time to talk about the importance of Canada’s workers, and the values that make this country strong.

“We’re 37 million – strong in our differences, proud of our diversity, and united by our dreams. From one generation to the next, Canadians have brought our country’s promise to life, with hard work, bold vision, and determination. They’ve grown the strong middle class at the heart of our success – and today, Canada’s workers are the backbone of our country.”

He won’t be marking Canada’s 151st anniversary from Parliament Hill. Trudeau plans to make various stops that began in Leamington, Ontario, visiting plants and workers affected by the recent steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the US.

However, as the trade tiff between the two countries continues, celebrations are being had across the country, including here in Metro Vancouver, to get everyone in the Canadian spirit.

With that said, there will also be a number of road closures in place as festivities kick off across the region so be sure to prepare before you head out for the day.

Vancouver:

The country’s largest Canada Day celebration outside Ottawa is happening at Canada Place once again this year.

According to Canada Place, the Port of Vancouver’s annual event there has been “Canada’s premier Canada Day event for over 30 years,” and brings communities together to celebrate Canadian freedoms, values and diversity.

With a number of features like concerts, food trucks and activities happening at Canada Place and surrounding streets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. That won’t include a parade, however, as organizers say they made the decision to cut that from the festivities due to increased costs.

As well, 60 new Canadians will take part in a citizenship ceremony.

And don’t forget, fireworks! Those begin at 10:30 p.m.

See a full list of road closures here.

Canada Day fireworks viewing zone (Courtesy Canada Place)

Surrey:

Surrey’s annual Canada Day celebration features a whole lot of music as well as activities for the whole family to enjoy. They include an amusement park, midway games, and interactive activities for anyone to enjoy.

The city says its event is expected to bring more than 100,000 people throughout the day — making it one of the largest Canada Day events in the west.

Canadian singer-songwriters Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel are co-headlining.

If you’re planning on driving, keep in mind road closures will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Highway 15 between 60 Avenue and 64 Avenue
64 Avenue between Highway 15 and 180 Street
60 Avenue between Highway 15 and 180 Street

(Courtesy City of Surrey)

Burnaby:

There’s plenty to do if you’re in the Burnaby area for Canada Day today! From multicultural entertainment to a parade and activities, you’ll find something for all.

Burnaby is hosting its plethora of activities at different sites around the city, including at Edmonds Plaza & Park, the Burnaby Village Museum, and Swangard Stadium.

You can end the night by taking in fireworks at Swangard at dusk.

Again, there’ll be a lot going on so parking may be an issue. Be sure to plan your route and travels ahead of time.

North Vancouver: 

You can also check out celebrations in North Vancouver where events are being held across that city.

If food and “having loads of fun” is your thing, stop by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate where a free event is being held.

“We have much to celebrate this year as it is the Rotary Club of Lions Gate’s 30th year hosting this event in celebration of our beautiful nation’s history and culture!” the event website reads.

Celebrations are also being held at Waterfront Park as they do every year, between noon and 4:00 p.m. If you get there early enough, you may be able to snag a free cupcake.

There’s also more fun to be had for the whole family in the North Shore. Find details here.

Coquitlam:

A full day of events are planning in Coquitlam, of course with a list of family-friendly things on the docket.

“Named one of the top 20 festivals in Metro Vancouver by Business in Vancouver, this is a free community festival with live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks,” the city says on its website.

It’s been called the largest Canada Day event in the Tri-Cities.

Once again, there will be limited parking available as crowds flock to celebrations so make sure you prepare ahead of time. Shuttles are also being made available to help you get to and from the fun.

The city’s website has all you need to know to get your Canada Day on.

Canada Day site map (Courtesy City of Coquitlam)

Transit:

If you’re planning on taking public transit today, TransLink says the Expo, Millennium, and Canada Lines will be running on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

They’re also adding service to help accommodate the large crowds expected, especially in Downtown Vancouver where hundreds of thousands are expected for the fireworks.

For the SkyTrain there will be:

  • Increased service: During the day and during peak service following the fireworks.
  • Extended service hours: The first train from King George Station is at 7:08 a.m., last train from Waterfront Station at 1:16 a.m., and the last train from VCC-Clark is at 1:29 a.m.
  • The last Canada Line train will leave Waterfront for Richmond–Brighouse at 1:15 a.m.
  • Before, during, and after Canada Day festivities SkyTrain stations will remain open, but some will have modified access to ensure customer comfort and safety.

If you’re taking the bus this Canada Day, keep in mind they will be running on a “modified holiday schedule.” The night bus service is also being extended to meet extended SkyTrain schedule times, “and help customers get home from late-night festivities on the following bus routes: 96B, 106, 119, 130, 209, 230, 319, 320, 321, 410, 501, 555, and 701.”

The SeaBus schedule is also being extended, and extra sailings are being added:

  • First sailing: Lonsdale Quay at 8:00 a.m. and Waterfront at 8:15 a.m.
  • Every 15 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Approximately every 7 to 10 minutes from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m.
  • Every 15 minutes from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Every 30 minutes from 11:30 p.m. to last sailing at 1:22 a.m. out of Waterfront.

For more you can head to TransLink’s website.

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