BC day is just around the corner, which means it’s a good idea to start making some exciting long weekend plans and preparing for closures. Whether you want to enjoy some free family-friendly activities at Burnaby Village Museum or explore new heights at the Malahat Skywalk, here are 10 things to do in and around Vancouver on BC Day to add to your itinerary.

Astro Alley – Vancouver Mural Festival 

With the Vancouver Mural Fest underway starting August 5th, it’s a great time to prepare for upcoming events, like the Astro Alley pop-up party taking place from August 5th to 7th. This free, all-ages party will set up behind Astro Studio, where artists will be playing all day long.

When: August 5th to 7th
Where: 163 West 4th Avenue
Cost: Free

BC Day at Britannia Mine Museum

Celebrate BC Day at the Britannia Mine Museum, which is hosting a day of live music, games, and more. Local performer Jocelyn Pettit will be joined by top-notch BC bandmates Erik Musseau (whistle, piano, vocals) and Boris Favre (piano, bass, vocals). The trio will present a lively and uplifting performance of “New-Trad Celtic” music.

Note that the trio will play two 45-minute sets on Monday, August 7th at the museum: One at noon and one at 1:30 pm.

When: Monday, August 7th
Where: 150 Copper Drive, Britannia Beach
Cost: $39.95 for museum admission 

Brigade Days at Fort Langley


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This Monday, you can step back in time and experience BC’s Hudson’s Bay Company era at Fort Langley. Here, re-enactors will perform traditional music, tell stories, and showcase some of the most practical and crafty skills of the times.

When: Saturday, August 5th to Monday, August 7th
Where: 150 Copper Drive, Britannia Beach
Cost: $8.50 GA

BC Day at Burnaby Village Museum 

From 11:30 am to 4 pm, Burnaby Village Museum is celebrating BC Day with a slew of live entertainment, historical displays, and interactive demonstrations. From Indigenous weaving and crafts to going on a scavenger hunt, to riding on the carrousel ($2.52 per ride), there is tons of family-friendly fun to be had.

When: Monday, August 7th
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Cost: Free

Check out the Malahat SkyWalk 

If you love soaking up summer views and are good with heights, you’ve no doubt heard of BC’s stunning Malahat SkyWalk. And if you haven’t, there’s never been a better time to take to the skies. Best of all? The attraction just launched a new Tower Plaza at the base of the iconic Spiral Tower where visitors can gather to enjoy the best of Vancouver Island’s food, drink, and live music scenes.

When: Now open seven days a week
Where: Malahat Highway, 30 mins north of Victoria

BC Day Long Weekend Brunch

JRG is celebrating BC Day with a special brunch session at all of its Metro Vancouver locations all long weekend long, including Monday, August 7th. They’ll be serving up all of their signature classics, along with $4 mimosas and $5 caesars.

Below are the participating locations:

  • Townhall
  • Oak & Thorne
  • The Henry
  • Livelyhood
  • The Buck & Ear
  • S+L Kitchen & Bar Langley
  • S+L Kitchen & Bar South Surrey
  • S+L Kitchen & Bar Abbotsford
  • Tavern on the Green

When: Saturday, August 5th to Monday, August 7th until 2 pm
Where: JRG locations around Metro Vancouver

Head to a provincial park 

If you’re keen on exploring our big, beautiful province one park at a time, consider this list a great place to start – because all of these parks are within three hours of Vancouver! From hidden coastal paradises to dense forests, to lesser-known spots, here are 10 beautiful BC parks to explore this summer.

Where: See BC parks near Vancouver above

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Check out Bard on the Beach


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Bard’s 2018 blockbuster As You Like It is back onstage with plenty of Beatles hits to go around, accompanied by Shakespeare’s thrilling political drama, Julius Caesar. On the Howard Family Stage, there are two productions you can check out: Henry V, set in a mythical realm, and the interactive ‘Goblin’ comedy, Macbeth, created by an acclaimed team of Canadian theatre-makers.

When: Until the end of September
Where: 1695 Whyte Avenue
Cost: Varies by production

Cultus Lake Waterpark

Cultus Lake Waterpark is filled with waterslides, themed tunnels and pools, lazy rivers, and even hot tubs for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you want to lounge at one of the 150+ picnic areas and let the kids splash around “Pirates’ Cove” or “Tots Castle,” or do some splashing yourself on the waterpark’s “Tubular Terror,” there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy here.

When: Saturday, June 10th to Monday, September 4th
Where: 4150 Columbia Valley Highway, Cultus Lake
Cost: $21-$34

Picnic at a park

We all love a good beach BBQ (before wildfire season, that is), but if you’re trying to avoid the possibility of sand mixed in with your food, you’ll probably want to opt for one of Vancouver’s many parks instead. Thankfully, there are plenty of prime picnic spots in and around Vancouver that boast stunning views, and large, grassy areas to sprawl out on.

Want to make it a boozy picnic? Check out these alcohol-friendly spots around Vancouver – including these year-round public plazas.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

And that’s a wrap on some exciting things to do