Canada Day 2014 in the Tri-Cities


Canada Day Tricities Port Moody Coquitlam Port Coquitlam

Canada Day is coming up in just over two weeks, and w have the scoop on how to celebrate our country’s 147th birthday right here in the Tri-Cities. Read on for all the Canada Day fun!

Coquitlam

Canada Day in Coquitlam happens from 12:00-10:30pm at Town Centre Park. This fabulous, free event is immensely popular, and it’s easy to see why people return year after year. It starts off with a big Canada Day party at Town Centre Park from 12:00-9:15pm – keep your eyes peeled because the location within the park has moved. As ever, though, it finishes off with a bank with fireworks at 10:00pm over Lafarge Lake. Taste food from around the world at the Taste of Coquitlam and get active in the Adventure Zone. Explore the Cultural 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, and enjoy arts activities. There will be entertainment on site as well.

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, and free parking will be available across the street on the surface lots at Douglas Collage and other locations.

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 annualfFishing derby for kids 10 and under at Lions Park, happening from 8:00-11:30am. From noon until dusk the action moves to Castle Park. 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 2:00pm. 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. And bring your reusable water bottle – they’re going green with the Metro Vancouver water wagon on site.

Port Moody

Port Moody Station Museum is honouring our military this Canada Day, as the Maple Leaf Military Show returns to the museum. On June 29 and 30, 2014 you’re invited to visit the living history installation, The McKnight Trench, to learn more about the Trench experience of WW1. Then from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 the museum is hosting a full day of activities and celebrations in honour of our military. The opening ceremonies at 11:30am will feature special guests, marching bands and more. There will also be military displays, a kids zone and concession.

And of course, Port Moody marks the Canada Day long weekend every year with its Golden Spike Days Festival. The festival runs from June 28-July 1, 2014. It’s open from 11:00am-11:00pm on June 28, 11:00am-8:30pm on June 29, 6:00-11:00pm on June 30, and 11:00am-8:00pm on Canada Day. Join Port Moody Mayor and Council for an official ceremony, free cupcakes, refreshments, and live entertainment from 1:00-1:30pm on Canada Day. Heading down to Rocky Point Park and checking out the Golden Spike Can Can Dancers sounds like a fun way to say, “Happy birthday Canada,” don’t you think? Of course there will also be other entertainment, food, a marketplace, kids activities and a whole lot more. 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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