Canada Day Fireworks over Vancouver

How to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in Vancouver

We’ve already blogged about Vancouver’s love for a festival, so it’s no surprise that the biggest city in British Columbia is going large for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. While Vancouver is definitely a great place to visit every year and has plenty to see and do, anyone stopping by in 2017 will have an extra-long to-do list. Here just a taster of the extra events happening for this important milestone anniversary.

Free access to nearby National Parks

To celebrate 150 years, Parks Canada is offering free general entry to all National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas. This includes the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and Fort Langley National Historic Site, both of which are found in the wider Vancouver area.

Vancouver Fringe Festival “TheatreWire” Productions: REDPATCH & The Canada Show

Theatre Wire was founded as a way to connect the independent theatre companies of Vancouver, and this year they are creating the highlight of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Treat yourself to an hour of fun Canadian history with The Canada Show, or feel moved by the story of a young Metis man who volunteers for the First World War in REDPATCH.

Chris Hadfield’s Canada 150 Tour

On the 12th of May Canada’s first spaceship commander, Colonel Chris Hadfield, will be sharing his stories and anecdotes at the Orpheum Theatre. He is proud to call Canada his home and has many special tales to share from his unique experience – from his career in space to his experiments in composing chart music.


Salmon has played an important role in the history and economy of Vancouver, thanks to the migration of Pacific salmon. During the evenings of summer 2017, nearly one kilometre of the Cambie Bridge will be illuminated with a 30-minute cinematic spectacle of the natural world.

Canada 150+ Murals

It’s hard to imagine Vancouver’s street art scene being any more vibrant, but the city is planning to crank it up a notch for its 150th birthday. Across the city First Nation artists have been commissioned to create public murals in high-profile locations such as the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Larwill Park.

Canada Day at Canada Place

The Canada Day celebrations held on the streets of Vancouver is the biggest birthday celebration outside of the country’s capital. The 150th celebrations will include a daytime festival, a parade through downtown Vancouver and spectacular two barge fireworks show.

Walk for Reconciliation

Vancouver is a modern and diverse city, where the culture of the First Nations and aboriginal communities is woven deep into the fabric of the city. During the 150th birthday festivities there will be the chance to celebrate, learn, and connect through an array of cultural activities including the Walk for Reconciliation.

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