If you haven’t come up with set plans for the upcoming July long weekend, tune in. There are tons of celebrations coming up in Metro Vancouver, and most of them are completely free to attend! So with that said, here are 10 of the best ways to celebrate Canada Day (Monday, July 1st) in Metro Vancouver in 2024.

Canada Together at Canada Place

Fun fact, we might not have much by way of fireworks, but Canada Together at Canada Place has historically been the largest Canada Day celebration out of Ottawa – and this year looks like no exception. The 38th annual event will feature a full day of festivities, food, family fun, and live performances from 11 am to 6 pm at the Port of Vancouver, planned in collaboration with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Where: Canada Place
Cost: Free admission

Steveston Salmon Festival

One of the country’s largest Canada Day celebrations is returning to Steveston Village this year, and it’s bringing together a full day of live music, family fun, and over 20 food trucks. Yes, we’re talking about this year’s Steveston Salmon Festival!

Now in its 77th year, the beloved annual celebration will once again feature the classic Pancake Breakfast, Salmon Bake, and Chow Mein near the Steveston Community Centre, in addition to tasty on-site food trucks.

Where: Steveston Village, BC
Cost: Free admission, $20 for Salmon Bake

Canada Day Streetfest on Central 

This evening Streetfest in Burnaby commences at 6:30 pm with live music, dancing, family fun, and food trucks, and ends with fireworks at Central Park that run from 10:15 pm to 10:30 pm.

Where: Civic Square, Central Boulevard and Central Park
Cost: Free to attend

Surrey Canada Day Event

Western Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration will take place at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey, and offer visitors a full day of live music, including from headliners Sass Jordan and The Sheepdogs.

There will also be amusement rides, a pop-up ‘tavern’ with brews and wines, food trucks, a kid’s zone, and an Indigenous Village, where guests can learn more about Indigenous cultures through storytelling, music, art, and dance.

Where: 17728 64th Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Free to attend

Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival

The Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival (TCCF) is kicking off Canada Day in Vancouver this year with over 20 non-stop Taiwanese and Canadian performances and a host of free outdoor activities. Plus, this year will debut a second stage for the first time, with even more performing artists to check out at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza and Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

When: Performances on June 29th, 30th, and July 1st
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza and Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Cost: Free admission

Canada Day in Coquitlam

Coquitlam’s Canada Day celebration will feature family-friendly performances, activities, food trucks, and lakeside fireworks (at 10 pm) at Town Centre Park – and the celebration is completely free to attend.

Where: 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Cost: Free admission

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Canada Day in West Vancouver

From 3 to 9 pm on July 1st, West Vancouver is celebrating Canada Day with free family-friendly activities, food vendors, and live music at John Lawson Park.

Below is the schedule for Canada Day:

  • 3 to 4 pm: Citizenship Court on Canada Day
  • 3 to 8:30 pm: Kids’ zone
  • 4:30 pm: Official Ceremony
  • 4:45 to 5:30 pm: West Vancouver Youth Band (WVYB) performance
  • 5:30 to 7 pm and 7:30 to 9 pm: Groove & Tonic performance

Where: 17th Street, West Vancouver
Cost: Free to attend

Canada Day in Port Coquitlam 

From noon to 10 pm at Port Coquitlam’s Castle Park, there will be an all-day Canada Day celebration with a beverage garden, local food trucks, artisan market vendors, a fireworks display, and much more. So grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and get ready to enjoy it all.

Where: 2252 Castle Crescent, Port Coquitlam
Cost: Free to attend

Escape Together: Canada Day 

ENSO is thrilled to unveil a lineup of global talents set to ignite the stage at this year’s open-air extravaganza, welcoming a crowd of 4000 party enthusiasts on the most patriotic day of the year. Get ready to be swept away as we transform the iconic Plaza of Nations against the breathtaking backdrop of False Creek, right in the heart of lively downtown Vancouver.

Where: 750 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $47.27

Ultimate Canada Day Boat Party Vancouver 

If a massive boat party is more your speed, consider hopping aboard the Abitbi, a two-level vessel with an outdoor deck, where a DJ will set up for a full night of music on the open water, taking guests on a lively cruise through False Creek, English Bay and into the inner harbour.

Where: 750 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $38.61

Have a happy and safe Canada Day 2024, Metro Vancouver!