During the course of 2017, all the communities that make up the second largest country in the world have celebrated this historic date. From exhibitions, festivals of music, art, and culture in general, to sporting events or fireworks; throughout the summer, the city of Vancouver will celebrate the sesquicentennial birthday of the nation, showing pride and national spirit.
* If you are interested in any of these celebrations click on the name of the event to be redirected to the official page.
Canada Day at Canada Place July 1-2, 2017 http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/
- Citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians
- Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone
- Canadian Forces Zone with incredible displays and interactive exhibits
- Canada150 Zone
- North Point Lounge serving beer and wine, presented by Steam Whistle Brewing
- Kids Zone in Harbour Green Park (July 1 only)
- Canadian Oath reaffirmation ceremony presented by CIBC
- Multi-community fireworks show with simulcast by Rock 101 (July 1)
- Pancake breakfast (July 2)
- Canada150 paradethrough downtown Vancouver (July 2)
In recognition of the long history of the First Nations people, the city of Vancouver will also enjoy numerous events centered on this theme.
- Kanata Festival, June 19 – July 1, 2017 http://kanatafestival.com/
Music, art, performance and gastronomy.
- Uninterrupted, June 28 – September 24, 2017 http://uninterrupted.ca/
A unique film event! Projections on the Cambie Bridge will immerse you in a journey between the wonderful nature of BC.
- Canada 150+ Murals July 1-31, 2017
2-D works created by indigenous artists. Several Locations.
- Canada150 Parade presented by Port of Vancouver, July 2,2017 http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/parade/
The parade starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton Streets, runs eastbound along Georgia, proceeding north down Burrard Street and ending at West Pender.
- Gathering of Canoes, July 14th, 2017 https://canada150plus.ca/gathering-of-the-canoes.html
The canoe is an important symbol in First Nations culture, as the Fraser River acted as a “road” in the region. The day will start on Sunshine coast and will reach Vancouver’s Vanier Park.
- Thunderbird Sharing Ceremony July 15, 2017 https://canada150plus.ca/events.html Aerial dance show at Stanley Park
- The Drum is Calling Festival, July 22-30, 2017 https://canada150plus.ca/drum-is-calling-festival.html 9 days of music, cinema, fashion, literature, sport and gastronomy. If you are passionate about any of these areas do not miss it!
- Story City: Canadian Journeys in Vancouver July 22 – December 29, 2017 http://www.vpl.ca/digital-library/local-history-collections The Vancouver Public Library gathers migration stories. You can register your history and share it on an interactive map.
- Indigenous Fashion Week. 26-29. 2017 https://www.facebook.com/VANIFW/
First edition of the indigenous fashion week.
- Nomadic Tempest Aug. 16 – Sep. 3, 2017 http://caravanstage.org/
Show located on the False Creek for all ages, it is performed on a 90-feet tall sailboat.
- Walk for Reconciliation, Sep. 24, 2017 https://canada150plus.ca/walk-for-reconciliation.html
A 3-4 km walk conceived as a symbol of healing among indigenous peoples. In 2013 more than 70,000 people of different nationalities and ages joined together to walk together.
- Wild Salmon Caravan Parade, Oct 7, 2017 https://wildsalmoncaravan.wordpress.com/ Vancouver will kick off the parade of the long salmon trip along the Fraser River as a symbol of resistance, strength and inspiration.
If you are interested in discovering the events that are going to be held in other provinces check out our post: http://en.uvanu.com/events-across-country-canada-150th-anniversary/
Happy Canada’s 150th Anniversary!!