Canada 150 Celebrations
Don’t miss out on the Canada 150 celebrations happening all over the North Shore! There are even more things to do than usual as we celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary. This list includes official and non-official Canada 150 events to help you get out there and join the party!
Dress up in our national colours and join West Vancouver at John Lawson Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
The festivities start with a citizenship ceremony at 2 p.m. followed by live entertainment, kids activities and a variety of food vendors. Be sure to stay and enjoy the fireworks show from the beach.
Experience everything Canada on July 1, on the Peak of Vancouver!
Try your hand at axe-throwing, show off your hockey skills at the puck shoot-out, capture a keepsake photo with mascot Grizwald the Bear and take in Canadian movie classics in the Theatre in the Sky.
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, be part of history as Grouse Mountain attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest human maple leaf” in the world.
Join North Vancouver to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 on Saturday July 1 at Waterfront Park! Festivities take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations is a free event and includes fun things to see and do for all ages!
Join Karen Fowlie and Friends for a special Canada 150 celebrations with a free concert recognizing Canadian Women in Song. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a musical journey beginning with music by Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan as well as tributes to the legendary Leonard Cohen and Canada’s treasured, The Tragically Hip.
Following the Canada Day daytime celebrations, the Lionsgate Rotary Club and North Vancouver Rotary Club are hosting a free concert and beer/wine garden at Waterfront Park from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The entertainment line-up includes the Powder Blues Band and the Abba/Fleetwood Mac tribute band Dreams. Waterfront Park is one of the Lower Mainland’s premiere locations for watching the Canada 150 fireworks from Canada Place.
Lonsdale Quay Market is the place to be on Canada Day! Enjoy a Beer Garden and fun live music all day.
Blues Berries 11-12pm
VOC Choir 1-3pm
Adam Woodall Band 4-6pm
Celine Dion Impersonator 7-9pm
Takaya Tours is a First Nation-owned eco-tourism venture offering a range of activities that mix outdoor adventure with an authentic interpretation of Coast Salish culture, including ancestral walking tours as well as canoe and kayak tours.
The Coho Festival is a celebration of environment protection and nature’s annual miracle of salmon returning to North Shore rivers and streams. This festival is held every September at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver and features the famous Coho Run, Coho Garden, and Coho BBQ.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Canada without experiencing our beautiful mountains and giant fir trees. Vancouver’s North Shore is known as one of the best places to go hiking in the world. And as we have six mountain peaks for you to choose from, there really is something for the most inexperienced or established hiker.
The West Coast Modernist style of architecture is known around the world for its distinct features. But, did you know West Vancouver is home to some of the prime examples of the West Coast Modernist homes? Try the City of West Vancouver for tours of mid-century homes. Or find out more and see some beautiful architectural photos at the West Vancouver Museum.
Get a taste of fresh Canadian produce with a food tour of Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Find out about the history of the neighbourhood while sipping on BC wines and North Vancouver ales and tasting recipes from local businesses.
“Celebrating Canada’s 150″ is an art exhibition featuring 20 youth artists ages 12-19, showcasing work that reflects their stories & identities as Canadians. Art Around the Block is an initiative created by young artists for young artists to exhibit their work. The West Vancouver Community Arts Council is proudly partnering with Art Around the Block to host this exciting exhibition of young talent. They hope to encourage young people with an interest in the arts to pursue & develop that passion, contributing to the future of Canada’s rich arts & cultural landscape.
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 2nd, from 6-8pm
Canada 150 Young Artists Showcase Saturday, May 3rd from 1-3pm
The National Film Board launches Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake), a cross-country screening tour of works by indigenous filmmakers, drawing from more than 250 titles and including new titles such as We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice by legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.
The world’s largest film festival — ever. National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial.
Salmon are legendary on the West Coast. Our Northwest Native cultures revered the running of the salmon as it represented not only the cycle of life, but sustenance for their people who caught the fish. During Salmon season on Vancouver’s North Shore, you can see artwork, feast on a salmon barbecue, go salmon fishing, attend the Coho Festival, pick up some smoked salmon, hike the fish spawning trails and even visit a Capilano Salmon Hatchery.
The Harmony Arts Festival features many free outdoor concerts on the waterfront in West Vancouver August 4-13, 2017
The Great Trail spans across 21,500 km, thirteen of Canada’s provinces and territories, and right through North and West Vancouver. The Great Trail embodies the vastness of our Canadian terrain and the diversity of our people. Walk, hike, or bike at least some of the longest recreational trail in the world!