Canada Day 2015 in the Tri-Cities


Canada Day in the Tri-Cities 2015 Port Moody Coquitlam Port Coquitlam

Canada Day is coming up fast! If you’re wondering what to do in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody look no further. We have the scoop on how to celebrate our country’s 148th birthday on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 right here in the Tri-Cities.

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 and 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, on four (count them, four) different stages. Check out the full schedule of events online.

There is a lot to see, so pick up a site map as soon as you arrive and plan your day. Pack a lawn chair or blanket, dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. If you have little ones make sure they know your phone number, and know what to do if they get lost. You should also know what your child is wearing – to make it easy, snap their photo and keep it on your phone before heading out.

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. There is also a free shuttle bus running from Gleneagle Secondary from 11:30am to 11:30pm.

Living Flag

A highlight this year is the planned “Living Flag” activity. It’s taking place as part of the official event opening ceremonies at 2:00pm. To participate, wear a red or white shirt. Organizers are looking to get 2000 people involved, so this should be fun and memorable!

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 annual fishing derby for kids 10 and under at Lions Park, happening from 8:00-11:00am.

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 12:30-5:00pm. If you didn’t completely fill up on pancakes check out the fabulous (and immensely popular) Firefighter’s Salmon Barbecue starting at 2:30pm. It’s $10 a plate and it usually sells out.

Evening Entertainment is planned for 5:30-10:00pm. It promises to be an eclectic line-up, sure to please everyone. But that’s not all. The grand finale is the fireworks show at dusk, which should happen at approximately 10:10pm. Bring a blanket and take it all in.

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 11:30am 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

Port Moody Station Museum is celebrating our community heroes this Canada Day. This unique, one day event, is free to all visitors. It kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies from 10:00am-10:45, and then runs until 4:00pm. Join their special guests, Mrs. Carol Todd and Gloria Cuccione along with Korean War veterans, in a fun and exciting day of musical and cultural performances and displays. Performances will range from Vancouver’s Palomars Rockabilly and Swing Band to the amazing Korean Hapkido Kangho Martial Arts Demonstration Team and the World Class Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band. There will be tours of the McKnight Trench throughout the day! More than 25 groups and entertainers are ready to make this event one of the most enjoyable and unique Canada Day celebrations.

Official Celebration

This year Golden Spike days does not coincide with Canada Day, so Port Moody is doing something a little different. The city’s official Canada Day Celebration is taking place at Rocky Point Park from 11:00am-5:00pm. It promises to be a fun, family-oriented day of entertainment and activities. You’re invited to pack a picnic and join them. There will be live entertainment all day on the PCT Performance Stage. However, you may want to be sure you’re there for the Canada Day Ceremony at 1:10pm, followed by cupcakes and refreshments at 1:30pm. You can also borrow fun family games like badminton, ring toss, bowling, horseshoes and more. Stop by the city tent for details.

As with all local Canada Day events, there will be limited parking available. You can find additional overflow parking at Inlet Field Park in the 3000 block of Murray Street.

Happy Canada Day, however you decide to celebrate!

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