Canada Day 2013 in the Tri-Cities

Canada Day Coquitam Port Moody Port Coquitlam 2013

Canada Day is less than a week, and w have the scoop on how to celebrate our country’s 146th birthday right here in the Tri-Cities. Read on for all the Canada Day fun!


Canada Day in Coquitlam happens from 12:00-10:03pm at Lafarge Lake and Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. This fabulous, free event is immensely popular, and it’s easy to see why people return year after year. Taste food from around the world at the Taste of Coquitlam and get active in the Adventure Zone. Explore the Cultural Village, and see some of BC’s best artists and artisans in the Artisan Village. Make Canada a little bit more eco-friendly by picking up tips in the Green Village, and find out what’s happening in your own backyard in the Community Village. Find out more about local businesses in the Marketplace. There are four stages packed with entertainment, roving entertainers, and lots of fun for the whole family. All the festival favourites you know and love will be there, as well as new faces you haven’t seen before. And you won’t want to miss the fireworks at dusk over Lafarge Lake.

Admission to the event is free, but parking is at a premium. The main parking lots to the north end of Town Centre Park will be open, but it’s a bit of a walk to the festival site. Free parking will be available across the street on the surface lots at Douglas Collage. New for 2013, there will be event parking at Gleneagle Secondary School, with shuttle transportation to and from Lafarge Lake.

Port Coquitlam

There’s lots happening on Canada Day in Port Coquitlam. The festivities kick off early with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and the 12th Annual Fishing Derby for kids 10 and under at Lions Park [map], happening from 8:00-11:30am. From noon until dusk the action moves to Castle Park [map]. Following the Opening Ceremonies and Cake Cutting (mmm, cake) at noon, the Community Showcase, Children’s Activities and International Bazaar run from 12:30-5:30pm. The fabulous (and immensely popular) Firefighter’s Salmon Barbecue starts at 3:00pm. Evening Entertainment is planned for 6:00-10:00pm. To wrap it all up, there will be fireworks at dusk. To help you get to Castle Park there’s a free shuttle service from the West Coast Express parking lot on Kingsway Avenue running every half hour from 11:30 am to after the fireworks.

Port Moody

Port Moody Station Museum is celebrating Canada Day with their Lego exhibit “Yesterday and Tomorrow”, from 10:00am-5:00pm from June 39-July 1, 2013. There will be heritage games, face painting, arts and crafts and a heritage exhibit all weekend at the museum [map]. The Morse Telegraph Society will also be on hand to demonstrate their telegraphy skills. Recommended admission is $2 per person, cash only.

Port Moody marks the Canada Day long weekend every year with its Golden Spike Days Festival. The festival runs from June 29-July 1, 2013. It’s open from 11:00am-11:00pm on June 29 and 30, and 11:00am-8:00pm on Canada Day. Port Moody Mayor and Council will be on hand for an official ceremony, refreshments, entertainment by the Inlet Jazz Band and a reading from our Centennial Youth Poet Laureate at 1:10pm on July 1, 2013, and the refreshments will be served at approximately 1:35pm. Heading down to Rocky Point Park [map] and checking out the Golden Spike Can Can Dancers sounds like a fun way to say, “Happy birthday Canada,” don’t you think? Free parking is available at the West Coast Express Station, Inlet Park, Port Moody Rec Centre and Kyle Centre. Or walk, cycle or take transit.

Happy Canada Day, however you decide to celebrate!

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