JoJo Mason, Armed Forces and fireworks extravaganza thrill more than 200,000 at 31st annual Canada Day at Canada Place

July 3, 2018

More than 200,000 people visited Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding city streets yesterday to enjoy the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital. Presented by the Port of Vancouver, the 31st Annual Canada Day at Canada Place featured a full day of music, attractions, entertainment and family activities celebrating Canada’s values, accomplishments, innovation and diversity.

Getting Canada’s 151st birthday party off to an inspiring and patriotic start was a Citizenship Ceremony that welcomed 60 new Canadians to Canada’s multicultural family. What followed was a day packed with exciting activities and fun entertainment in a spectacular waterfront setting around the sails of Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place landmark. Capping it off was Vancouver’s only simultaneous two-barge fireworks show, a pyrotechnic extravaganza that was enjoyed by nearly half a million spectators gathered at Canada Place and hundreds of viewing points in the Burrard Inlet.

“Today was an amazing display of national pride,” said Gillian Behnke, Manager of Community Relations & Communications at Port of Vancouver. “From children and adults bursting with pride at just having been sworn in as new Canadians to families that have made Canada Day at Canada Place an annual tradition for years, it was a wonderful to see so many different people wearing red and white, and coming together to celebrate everything that makes us such a great country.”

As always, Canada Day at Canada Place had something for everyone, including: a Canadian Forces Zone honouring Canada’s Army, Navy, and Air Force; an Innovation Zone providing a peek into the future; popular videos from the National Film Board of Canada; an interactive and entertaining Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone; and food trucks serving a range of cuisine as diverse as Canada’s rich cultural heritage. Providing energy and rhythm to it all were two stages featuring an eclectic mix of up and coming music and dance artists, as well as country music star JoJo Mason.

“Putting an event like this on is a tremendous undertaking and on behalf of Canada Place and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, I want to thank our generous sponsors, as well as the hundreds of performers, volunteers, organizers and other people that worked so hard to make Canada Day at Canada Place happen. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

More Canada Day at Canada Place information and photos are available at


The 31st Annual Canada Day at Canada Place event was presented by Port of Vancouver and made possible thanks to the generous support of partners including: The Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada; the Canadian Forces; Air North, Yukon’s Airline; Coast Capital Savings; Safeway; the Vancouver Convention Centre; City of Vancouver; WestPark; District of West Vancouver; Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association; and Seaspan. Media partners include Global BC, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, CFOX, Global News Radio 980 CKNW, Rock 101, OMNI Television, CHMB AM1320 and Daily Hive.


About Canada Place:

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is an internationally-recognized landmark and venue for world-class events and inspirationally Canadian experiences. For the last 30 years Canada Place has served as a hub for large annual celebrations, including Canada Day at Canada Place and Christmas at Canada Place. Canada Place is also homeport to the Vancouver-Alaska cruises, and houses Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre and WestPark. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages the Port of Vancouver and is the owner and operator of Canada Place.



Greg Descantes
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