Canada Day Weekend Fun

Canada Day Weekend Fun

This weekend is going to be a great long weekend with Canada Day falling on Saturday. I’m getting excited to wear my red and white and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
This week, I’m highlighting Canada Day at Canada Place and for local fun, the Langley Canada Day JRBQ at Willoughby Community Park. There is no shortage of listings and directories online to view all of the Canada Day events from Vancouver to the valley. CTV has a comprehensive event listing here, which even has an interactive map.

Canada Day at Canada Place

This is a 2 day festival (Saturday and Sunday) taking place in the heart of downtown in Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding streets. Lots of info can be found online and I won’t reiterate it. However, I should emphasize that the “Kids Zone” hours are 1 PM to 4:40 PM on Saturday, whereas the main celebration begins at 9:45 AM with a Welcome Ceremony and concludes with fireworks 13 hours later.

Below are my 3 tips to make Canada Day at Canada Place a success:

  • Take public transit because parking is difficult and expensive.
    • If you are on the North Shore take the Seabus and if you are in the suburbs take Skytrain (and/or the bus to the Skytrain)
  • Bring snacks if you have little ones or if you hate line ups.
    • Vancouver is expensive and a few snacks thrown into a knapsack will go a long way. My go to snacks are: crackers, bananas, apples, and cucumber slices.  If I’m desperate I bring pouches for my 2 year old.  Food trucks, while tasty, are never cheap.
    • It could also be a long day away from home as festivities are planned from morning until the fireworks late in the evening. Pace yourself!
  • Take a time out.
    • I like to take a pause in Coal Harbour and sit on the grass. If you take the steps west of Jack Pool Plaza and walk the seawall you’ll come to a grassy area where you can chill out. This is where we’ve eaten dinner on Canada Day before. Most noteworthy was when we stopped at Save On Foods near  Olympic Village Station, bought a roast chicken dinner and hopped on the Canada Line down to Canada Place. A $12 dinner with a million dollar view!

Langley Canada Day JRBQ

This Saturday you can celebrate Canada Day without having to travel far. I was sold when I heard the Kids Zone would have inflatables, trains, and crafts. For more info check out this map of the festivities.

This event takes place at Willoughby Community Park. It begins at 11 AM and goes until 6 PM.

 

Happy Birthday Canada!

I hope you have an extra special Canada Day this year.

Shelby Hancock of Mouse House Mom highlights Canada Day Events Family pic
Showing our love of Canada in Walt Disney World.

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