Victoria Celebrates Canada Day -- A Family-Friendly, Multicultural, Two-Day Celebration

Celebrate Canada's 146th birthday with family-friendly activities, multicultural programming, live music performances, and spectacular fireworks at Victoria Celebrates Canada Day, a two-day celebration on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1 at Victoria's Inner Harbour! 

Schedule of Events and Map  

Please see our detailed Schedule of Events [PDF - 213 KB] for Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1.

Canada Day Road Closures

Belleville Street, from Menzies to Douglas Streets, will be closed on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 10 a.m. – midnight. Government Street, from Humboldt to Superior Streets, will be closed from 4 p.m. – midnight.

Kid's Zone

The Canada Day Kid's Zone will return with plenty of interactive activities for the whole family on the Legislature Lawns. Three-time JUNO nominated band, The Kerplunks will take centre stage Monday afternoon and promise a high-energy performance that will get kids moving and shaking.

The City of Victoria is pleased to welcome back Coast Capital Savings as the Presenting Sponsor of Victoria Celebrates Canada Day. The ever-expanding youth programming has been made possible by the generous support of the credit union over the past five years.

Living Flag

The ever-popular Living Flag will return on Canada Day, inviting 2,000 participants to wear red or white T-shirts to form a human flag on the Legislature Lawns. Help us be sustainable and bring your own red or white T-shirt to be guaranteed a spot in the Living Flag photo.  A limited number of red or white T-shirts will be available for pick up at 12:30pm for participation in the Living Flag.

Main Stage Highlights

Main Stage highlights on July 1 will transform the Legislature Lawns into a one-of-a-kind concert. Headlining this year will be one of Canada's best up-and-coming acts, BC-based trio Hey Ocean!, a band with an extraordinary talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own.

Victoria's Acres of Lions with their popular pop-rock anthems and Canadian power-pop legends Odds will also take the stage after a 10-year hiatus. Indie singer Kathryn Calder will bring her beautifully unique voice to the stage.

Montreal-based songstress Caracol will also perform at Victoria Celebrates Canada Day. Caracol has been nominated for a Juno and Folk Music Awards and has recently been nominated for a Genie Award for her work in the blockbuster Quebec film “Starbuck”. As part of an ongoing commitment by the City of Victoria to bring bilingual artists to the celebrations, the City acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Canada-British Columbia Cooperation Agreement on Official Languages and Quebec-British Columbia Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange.

Also featured on the Main Stage will be a variety of Victoria artists and multicultural performers including the Le-La-La Dancers, Ocean Rain Chinese Academy, The O'Brien's and Stephanie Greaves.

A Flavour of Canada and The Zone Stage at Ship Point

A Flavour of Canada will return with a two-day international food village, sponsors' activity tents and expanded family-oriented performances on The Zone Stage at Ship Point.

Entertainment on The Zone Stage on Sunday and Monday will include performances by Zerbin, Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, Rococode, Stef Lang, Cookelidh, Amy Wood, Hawk & Steel, Masala, Woodsmen, The Royal Canadians, Shan-e-Punjab, Des Larson, Cynthia Davis, Jason Verners (magician), Isobel Trigger, Geoff Lundstrom, and Dougal Bain McLean. The Zone @ 91-3 will be on site Sunday and Monday, hosting a live broadcast and providing activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Fireworks

Join us for spectacular fireworks on Canada Day at 10:20 p.m. over Victoria's Inner Harbour! Fireworks music will be broacast on The Zone @ 91-3 and 100.3 The Q.

Coca-cola Sales to Benefit Mustard Seed

On Canada Day, Coca-cola will donate the profits from the sale of its beverages at its stand located on Belleville Street in front of the Legislature Lawn to Mustard Seed.

Green Initiatives

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day will continue its “green” initiatives launched last year, including biodegradable vendors' food containers, increased recycling opportunities on site, and paper mache fireworks. Also returning will be the bike valet service, offering a safe place to lock up bicycles for those who want to take sustainable transportation to the event.

For More Information

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day would not be possible without the support from event sponsors and community partners, including Presenting Sponsor Coast Capital Savings.

For more information, visit: www.VictoriaCanadaDay.ca