Canada Day at Canada Place

July 1, 2016

This award winning event, presented by the Port of Vancouver, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside our nation’s capital, Ottawa. Canada Day at Canada Place has been Vancouver’s premier event for 29 years, bringing communities together to share our special bond of living in one of the greatest country’s in the world and celebrating our freedom, values and diversity. Highlights include a daytime event featuring three stages, a parade through downtown Vancouver, and a multi-community fireworks show viewable throughout the Lower Mainland.

Join us on July 1 for 13 hours of FREE family fun.

This year’s event will feature special memories of Expo 86 including ‘80s fashion, arcade games, pogo sticks, and Red Robinson’s Expo Theatre.

Expo 86 welcomed the world to Vancouver, and Canada Place had the honour of sharing the very best of this country as the Canada Pavilion. This year’s concert program will include both legends of the 1980s and today’s favourites with headliner  Aaron Pritchett, as well as feature entertainers including Barney Bentall, Mo Kenney, Bear Mountain, Rococode, Twin Kennedy, Willa and more.

New this year is the Flashback Fever 1986 band contest. Musicians from across the country will have the chance to win $500 and perform live, on stage at the event on July 1. To enter, artists must upload a video of themselves performing a cover of a popular 1986 track. The winner will be determined through public voting and a panel of judges. Flashback Fever will be accepting applications now through May 31. Public voting will be open on June 1 through June 14 and the winner will be announced on June 22.

Canada Day at Canada Place event details:

  • Date: July 1, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (parade and fireworks to follow)
  • Location: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding streets.

Highlights will include the Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone, extreme pogo stick demonstrations, a family-friendly licensed area on the North Point of Canada Place, food carts, street hockey, the Canadian Forces Zone and the traditional citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians.

The festivities will continue into the evening with the popular Canada Day Parade presented by Port of Vancouver, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Georgia and Broughton, and the Canada Day Fireworks Show at 10:30 p.m. in Burrard Inlet.