Canada Day is Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
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 and Great Canadian BBQ (courtesy of Dockside Restaurant), an official Canada Day Ceremony with cake, live jazz, performers, and MELA!, a South Asian cultural fair. This is the best venue for families with young kids: bring a picnic blanket and take breaks to let the kids run at the free Granville Island Water Park.
When: 8am - Midnight
Where: Granville Island
What: Canada Place hosts Downtown Vancouver's biggest Canada Day celebration with a free Waterfront Party that includes live music and entertainment on three stages, followed by the annual Canada Day Parade. Highlights of the 2014 Waterfront Party include 25 music acts, the West Coast Lumberjack Show, sports, and an artisan market.
When: Waterfront Party: 10am - 6pm; Parade starts at 7pm
Where: Canada Place; Parade starts at the corner of Georgia Street & Broughton Street.
Canada Place also co-produces the Burrard Inlet Fireworks that are Number 3 on this list, so you can make an entire day of your visit.
What: Cap off your Canada Day celebrations with this pyrotechnic extravaganza! With barges in Dundarave and Coal Harbour, the annual Fireworks Show will be visible from northwest-side Downtown (Coal Harbour, parts of Stanley Park), West Vancouver (the seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).
When: 10:30pm - 11pm
Where: Vancouver Downtown / Coal Harbour
Note: You can't see the fireworks from English Bay or Spanish Banks / the southwest Vancouver beaches. You need to be on the northwest side of Downtown Vancouver.
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. Performers for 2014 include multi-platinum award-winning Canadian musician Matthew Good, Barracuda - a Heart Tribute Band, and multiple local musicians from the Lower Mainland.
When: 10am - 10:30pm
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC