Canada Day Celebrations on Vancouver Island

Canada Day Celebrations on Vancouver Island

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Oh, Canada! Our home and native land…

Vancouver Islanders sure know how to celebrate this glorious country we live in.

If you are looking for something to do on July 1, head to any of the below-mentioned festivities to help get you in the Canadian spirit.

The list of Canada Day celebrations on Vancouver Island is arranged from South to North.

Canada Day events on Vancouver Island

Canada Day Celebrations on Vancouver Island

 

Victoria – Downtown

On Sunday, July 1, you can expect an impressive line-up of local performers, family-friendly activities, and multicultural programming.  The evening will end with spectacular fireworks over Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Anticipated events:

  • Living Flag
  • Kids Zone
  • Youth Band
  • Local and multicultural performances

Where: Inner Harbour. Performances will take place on the Legislature Lawn.


Port Renfrew

Celebrate Canada Day in Port Renfrew. Lots of activities for all members of the family, including a parade. Everyone is welcome to take part in the parade. Decorate your car, trailer, bike, face, dog, etc., and join in on the fun! Prizes will be given out for best floats. The parade starts at the Wild Renfrew Adventure Centre and ends at Beach Camp where the float winners will be announced with games and hot dogs. Other activities and times are as follows:

  • Kids fishing derby at Pacific Gateway Marina (10:00 am – noon)
  • All day scavenger hunt (starts at Beach Camp) with prizes (11:00 am – 3:30 pm)
  • Parade (2:30 – 4:30 pm)
  • Paper bag kite making (3:00 – 5:00 pm) – all supplies provided
  • Hot dog BBQ (3:00 – 5:00 pm)
  • ‘Beer Garden’ at Beach Camp (4:00 – 8:00 pm)
  • Fireworks at the Community Dock (10:00 pm)

 

Esquimalt

Enjoy a picnic and parade!

Where: Gorge Waterway (between Tillicum and Admirals Road, Victoria)

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Admission: FREE

Celebrate Canada Day along the beautiful Gorge Waterway with several planned events.

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Family parade
  • Show & Shine Car show
  • Stage entertainment
  • Food
  • Canoe rides
  • Kids’ inflatables and activities
  • Street hockey
  • Strawberry Tea
  • Canada Day market
  • and much more!

For more information, please visit the Gorge Canada Day Picnic website.


Colwood

Celebrate Canada Day with a piece of cake!

Where: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites (603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria)

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Admission: FREE (cake is free too)

Canada Day’s biggest birthday cake is always served at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Celebrate Canada’s special day and join the excitement. Clap your hands, or dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day. Be a kid again, jump in and take part in all the fun activities. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake.


Duncan

Celebrate Canada Day at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Address: 2892 Drinkwater Rd

Dates: June 30, July 1 & July 2

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Admission: $5.00

There will be many family activities to enjoy.

  • Steam train rides
  • Crafts
  • BBQ
  • Tattoos
  • and more!

Chemainus

Enjoy a terrific family-friendly event!

Where: Waterwheel Park (9799 Waterwheel Crescent)

Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Admission: FREE

Waterwheel Park sets the stage for this annual family-friendly event where there is a little something for everyone, no matter your age! Guest can enjoy a myriad of FREE activities and perks like tasty treats, a petting zoo’s, pony rides, a bouncy castle, games, live music and much more. All the events take place between 11 am – 3 pm, leaving lots of time for you to simply enjoy a day in the park dressed in red and white.


Ladysmith

The town of Ladysmith will be hosting a fun celebration this year. There will be kids games and activities, live music, a giant cake, and more!

Where: Transfer Beach

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Admission: FREE


Nanaimo

Head to the park for a day of fun!

Where: Maffeo Sutton Park

Time: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Admission: FREE

Lots of events and live entertainment happening all day long. Family activities include face painting, crafts, games, bouncy castles, kayaking, balloon animals, magic, dance performances, and much more!


Parksville

Enjoy one of the largest celebrations on Vancouver Island!

Where: Parksville Community Park

Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Admission: FREE

The day’s festivities kick off with the Shriner’s Pancake Breakfast, parade, and family-focused entertainment and activities. The day ends with the fabulous grand finale fireworks, sponsored by Thrifty Foods. Add in food trucks, concessions, and artisan booths and it will be a full day of family fun.

Event Schedule:

  • Shriner’s Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am -11:00 a.m.
  • Parade (Pioneer Crescent to Parksville Community & Conference Centre) – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Opening ceremonies – 12:00 noon
  • Entertainment – 12:30 pm to dusk, featuring a variety of talent
  • Thrifty Foods Fireworks Spectacular – 10:15 p.m

Bowser

Enjoy a Classic Car Show & Shine plus a BBQ!

Where: Bowser Legion (7035 West Island Hwy, Bowser)

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission: FREE

 


Comox Valley

A premier yearly event!

Where: Downtown Courtney, Lewis Park, and Simms Park

Time: All day event starting with a parade at 10:00 am

Admission: FREE

This all-day event full of a variety of activities will be great fun for the whole family!

What to expect:

  • Parade
  • Ducky 500 (duck race)
  • 5th Street Mile (running event)
  • Free swim
  • Tea Dance
  • Museum open house
  • Kids’ activities
  • Horseshoe Pitch
  • Variety show
  • and much more!

Further information, including times and location of all events, can be found on the Comox Valley Canada Day website.


Campbell River

A full day of events!

Where: At a variety of locations in Campbell River

Time: 8:00 AM to approximately 10:30 PM

This Canada Day event has a full day of activities, starting with a pancake breakfast and ending with a Festival of Lights display.  Fun for all ages.

What to expect:

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Parade
  • BBQ
  • Cake
  • Pipe Band
  • Helicopter rides
  • Woodcarving
  • Dragon Boat race
  • Skateboard competition
  • Quality Foods Kids Fest
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Fishing Derby
  • Hockey Challenge
  • Crafts
  • Face painting
  • Festival of Lights

Further information, including times of all events, can be found on the Campbell River Canada Day Event website.


If you know of any other Canada Day Celebrations on Vancouver Island, please let me know in the comments. 

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on Jun 12, 2018

Comments (2)

    • Kim

      Oh no! And I got this too late (I was out enjoying all those festivities). I actually did a search for Ladysmith when I wrote this post, but nothing came up. Perhaps I was a bit too early. Thank you for letting me know! I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day. Thank you for being a weekly reader! And yes, I quite agree…the weeks do fly by just a little too fast.

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