Canada Day is Monday, July 1, 2013.
Spending Canada Day in Vancouver? These top five events are the way to spend it.
What: Granville Island's huge Canada Day celebration includes a Parade, a Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast, an official Canada Day Ceremony, live jazz, performers, and MELA!, a South Asian cultural fair.
When: 8am - Midnight
Where: Granville Island
What: Canada Place hosts Downtown Vancouver's biggest Canada Day celebration with a Waterfront Party that includes live music and entertainment on three stages, followed by the annual Canada Day Parade. It also co-produces the Burrard Inlet Fireworks that are Number 3 on this list.
When: Waterfront Party: 10am - 6pm; Parade starts at 7pm
Where: Canada Place; Parade starts at the corner of Georgia Street & Broughton Street.
What: Steveston, Richmond's historic fishing village, attracts over 70,000 visitors to its joint Canada Day and Steveston Salmon Festival. The festival includes a parade, craft shows, cultural events, and Steveston's famous salmon barbecue, where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
When: 6:30am - 5pm
Where: Steveston Village, Richmond
What: OK, this one is not actually in Vancouver....But it has to go on this list because Surrey's Canada Day celebration is both the biggest Canada Day event in western Canada and one of the biggest outdoor concerts in B.C. And it's all FREE! The Fruiticana Fireworks Spectacular follows the concert.
When: 10am - 10:30pm
Where: Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey