There’s nothing like a community parade on Canada Day, and on the North Shore we have a great one!
Each year North Vancouver has a day long Canada Day celebration that begins with a parade at 10 am. In 2013 there were 80 entries in this popular event and some 25K enthusiasts watched it go by. Well supported by the community, everyone seems to be decked out in red and white, whether they are in the parade or not. Participants include vintage car clubs, local dance troupes, clowns, ethnic groups in fabulous regalia, Freddy Fudpucker’s marching band, the Shriners on their famous mini motorcycles, sports teams and yoga groups, rock music bands, local businesses and of course kids of all ages on decorated bikes. Even the Mayor of the City of North Vancouver has been spotted in the parade riding a unicyle and the Mayor of the District of North Vancouver has been seen riding his mountain bike. North Shore support services are always in for the fun including North Shore Rescue, the RCMP motorcycle team, and local fire fighters. Of course local dignitaries attend and can be seen walking and meeting the people along the parade route or riding in well festooned vehicles.
Organized by North Vancouver Legion 118, it’s a feel good community event that’s fun for all ages.
Canada Day Fun Continues on the Waterfront
Following the parade, Waterfront Park located just south of East Esplanade Avenue on Lower Lonsdale, opens for a full day of community fun. The entire day is devoted to family entertainment to celebrate Canada’s Birthday…this year it’s 147th!
Take a look at the schedule of entertainment for the Park that is put on by the Lions Gate Rotary Club.
After the North Vancouver park events finish at 4pm you may want to head home for a neighbourhood party, or stay on Lower Lonsdale (LoLo) and keep the party going at one of the local restaurants, bars, or pubs in the area.
West Vancouver Celebrates Canada Day
Not to be missed, West Vancouver launches it’s celebration at 4:30 pm at John Lawson Park. Here you will find people enjoying family “red and white” picnics, food vendors with a variety of cool beverages and meals to choose from, plus live entertainment on the main stage. It’s the ideal spot to find neighbours coming together to celebrate this very special day. Check out the scheduled entertainment here: http://westvancouver.ca/calendar/canada-day-red-white-picnic
Fireworks Light Up the Night
To cap off your day of fun, the Coast Capital Savings Fireworks display will begin at 10:30 pm at Canada Place and also, on the water south of Dundarave in West Vancouver. No matter where you choose to watch the display, it’s sure to be the ideal way to cap off your day of Canada Day celebrations. Select your ideal viewing location from from the map below.
Whatever you do this Canada Day we hope you have a wonderful day celebrating Canada’s Birthday with your family and friends. Be sure to grab a piece of birthday cake to remind yourself that this is all to celebrate Canada’s 147th Birthday!