Originally known as Dominion Day, Canadians will be celebrating Canada Day on July 1, commemorating the creation of Canada, when its initial four provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia were united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada, which was established by the British North American Act on July 1, 1867. The Act formally joined the colonies, creating the unified, semi-independent Dominion of Canada. Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain. In 1982 Canada became fully independent; and since 1983, July 1 has been known as Canada Day. Canada Day is a federal statutory holiday and is celebrated throughout the country.
Butchart Gardens – the regularly scheduled Saturday evening fireworks have been cancelled for the 2022 season due to ongoing staffing challenges. Live performances are scheduled on the Concert Lawn on Friday and Saturday nights July through August. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are included with the admission ticket.
Campbell River – The Campbell River Rotary Canada Day Parade begins at 4 p.m., departing from the marshalling area at 13th and Dogwood. The parade includes floats, animal entries, marching units, cars and other vehicles. For more information call the Visitor Centre at 877-286-5705.
Powell River – Celebrations take place at Willingdon Beach from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., including musical and theatrical celebrations on stage at the Rotary pavilion. Games and activities available for all ages, followed by the fireworks’ display from a barge offshore. Call the Powell River Tourist Office for more information at 604-485-4701.
Saturna Island Lamb BBQ – a popular event with boaters, who anchor out in Winter Cove to attend the Lamb BBQ onshore. Dinghy dock available or use the skiff shuttle service to shore during the event. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. at the gate. The BBQ event runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the Lamb Meal, with all the fixings, is served between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the order of your ticket number. Bring your own travel mug for the Beverage Garden. This year’s event includes a Floating Bakery Boat during the morning hours. The event is put on by community volunteers; lamb is staked around an open fire pit, slowly roasted for many hours beginning at 4 a.m.; for more information see saturnalambbarbeque.ca
Steveston – The Steveston Salmon Festival parade has been replaced with a number of festival zones spread across the village of Steveston for the 2022 celebrations. The 75th Steveston Salmon Festival takes place June 25 – July 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; visitors are encouraged to explore on foot, bicycle, scooter, or wheelchair the many shows, including an art show, car show, horticulture show, Japanese culture show, and a Fun Zone for kids; enjoy live music throughout the village. For more information, see the festival website at stevestonsalmonfest.ca
Sidney – Sidney Days & Canada Day celebrations begin on June 30. Opening ceremonies and live music at 7:30 p.m. on June 30 is followed by fireworks at 10:15 p.m.; celebrations on July 1 begin with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m.; a Canada Day Parade at 11:30 a.m.; and a Family Fun Fair from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., including the Slegg Build a Boat presented by Slegg Building Materials; launch your built boat at 4:45 p.m. from Beacon Park. See Sidney.ca for more information.
Surrey – Starting at 10 a.m., Surrey Canada Day offers a huge lineup of concerts, amusement rides, food trucks, a kid’s zone, and yes, fireworks in the evening. This year’s event includes an Indigenous Village hosting education, history, storytelling, and contemporary performances. Visit the Workshop Teepee to learn from Residential School Survivors. Find a spot on the grass to take in the fireworks show at 10:30 p.m.; go to surrey.ca for more information.
Vancouver – 2022 marks the 36th annual event presented by the Port of Vancouver at Canada Place. The event has historically been the largest Canada Day celebration outside Ottawa. This year the event has been planned collaboratively with First Nations representatives. Events on July 1 begin at 11 a.m. and run to 6 p.m. at outdoor spaces at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, Harbour Green Park, and surrounding city streets; there will be no indoor programming inside Canada Place. North Point Canada Place will be the gathering of performances, exhibits, and demonstrations from different cultures around the world. The Kid Zone at Jack Poole Plaza hosts entertainers and activities, including a dance party. Harbour Green Park will have displays and interactive exhibits that recognize Canada’s Army, Navy, and Air Force. Food Trucks, with multi-cultural tastes of Canada, can be found along Canada Place Way. Fireworks that normally took place off a barge in Coal Harbour in past years will NOT take place this season due to rising costs for events.
Victoria – Come join the multicultural street festival in downtown, beginning at noon. Enjoy entertainment and music at the Main Stage at Ship Point beginning at 4 p.m., followed by fireworks in the evening. Due to on-going Covid concerns, the traditional living flag event that normally takes place on the legislature lawns has been cancelled for 2022. Main Stage celebrations from the grounds of the legislature have been moved to Ship Point for 2022 because of anticipated protests.
White Rock – “Canada Day by the Bay” will take place at the White Rock Waterfront. Enjoy family-friendly activities and live performances starting at noon along Memorial Park Plaza (West Beach).