Happy Birthday Canada! Join us for Victoria Celebrates Canada Day!

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day

Happy Birthday Canada!

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day, presented by Coast Capital Savings, is gearing up to be a whirlwind of multicultural, family-friendly celebrations. The City of Victoria expects close to 50,000 attendees downtown on Wednesday, July 1 at the festivities around Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Main Stage Performances 

Headlining this year’s Main Stage performances is Vancouver’s cultural-fusion, the energetic, and multi-faceted Delhi 2 Dublin, performing from their upcoming album slated for release in August. An eclectic mix of local and cultural acts will also join the showcase, including Vancouver’s soul, funk boys The Boom Booms, presented in partnership with Victoria’s Ska and Reggae Festival; Vancouver-based “Fairy-Folk” musician Jordan Klassen; Juno award-winning and island-based children's performer Helen Austin; Victoria-native Mike Edel; Island favourites Carmanah, The Taiko Drummers, and more.

Montreal-based francophone electronic pop band, Monogrenade, will take to the Canada Day main stage shortly before sunset. With the release of their beautifully complex 2014 album, Composite, they gained attention both nationally and from across the Atlantic for their unique sound. French programming on the Victoria Celebrates Canada Day main stage is made possible thanks to the support of the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services.

Schedule of Events and Map

Check out all that's planned!

Kids' Zone Activities and International Food Village

Programming highlights will include the ever-popular Kids’ Zone from noon 5 p.m. with an array of activities for children of all ages on Belleville Street. There will be lots to see and do at the sponsor activity tents too.

A Flavour of Canada will return to Belleville Street with an international food village from noon to dusk.

Coast Capital Savings Booth
Stop by presenting sponsor Coast Capital Saving's booth to build your own sunglasses for the opportunity to win a Go Pro!

Kids' Zone 
Bring the family to enjoy a range of activities at our Kids' Zone on Belleville Street from noon to 5 p.m. Activities will include:

  • Bouncy Castle
  • PISE Physical Literacy
  • Story Telling Room with Local Children’s Book Authors
    • 12:30 p.m. Helen Stewart (The Gardens Echo)
    • 1:30 p.m. Michelle Mulder (Every Last Drop)
    • 2:30 p.m. Gwyneth Jane Page (PJ Mouse)
    • 3:30 p.m. Lucky Budd (Cloudwalker)
    • 4:30 p.m. Jeremy Moray (Timmy the Tugboat)

Living Flag

The community will have the opportunity to demonstrate their national pride and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag by participating in the annual “Living Flag” human art piece. Fifteen hundred red and white T-shirts will be available courtesy of Coast Capital Savings for pick up at 12:30 p.m. or participants can bring their own to guarantee a spot. Participants are asked to assemble for the “Living Flag” photo between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the Legislature Lawns.

Viking Air Flyover and Plane Display
Viking Air will fly over and film the Coast Capital Savings Living Flag in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag – and the twin otter aircraft! Viking Air will have a booth on Belleville and will be directing people to the dock where two planes will be on display.

Fireworks

Canada Day celebrations begin at noon, culminating in a magnificent display of light and sound, with fireworks over Victoria’s Inner Harbour at 10:20 p.m., accompanied by music compiled by The Zone’s Bryan Boitano and available on The Zone @ 91.3 or 100.3 The Q.

Green Initiatives - Free Bicycle Parking Valet

The City’s “green” initiatives will return with the free bicycle parking valet service adjacent to the Legislature Buildings, paper-mâché fireworks, and the use of recyclable products by all food vendors participating in the Flavour of Canada multicultural food village. Increased recycling opportunities onsite will help ensure compost and recyclables are divided properly and kept separate from garbage.

Take the Bus

To maintain a safe and enjoyable family celebration, alcohol will once again be prohibited from BC Transit buses on Canada Day.

Regular fares will apply on Wednesday, July 1 as BC Transit will run a Saturday late-night schedule, adding extra buses for some routes. An adult customer can bring up to four children (12 or younger) on board for free when using a valid monthly pass, DayPASS, ProPASS, U-PASS or BC Bus Pass. Special Canada Day bus stops will be located and marked along Douglas Street. More schedule details, maps and the transit trip planner are online at www.bctransit.com.

Customers are encouraged to make their way to buses immediately following the fireworks to ensure a timely ride home.

Parents and guardians should note that BC Transit buses, and its drivers, are a safe place for young children to go if they are lost or require help.

Road Closures and Parking

The public is encouraged to head downtown early as road closures around the Inner Harbour will begin at 4 p.m. to provide a safe space for the community to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

City parkades and on-street parking downtown will be free on Wednesday, July 1. Pay parking is in effect 24/7 at the City's surface parking lots. Learn more about parking downtown.

For Updates During Canada Day

For regular programming updates during Canada Day, follow @CityofVictoria on Twitter.

To help ensure a family-friendly event, make non-emergency calls for service to VicPD on Facebook and Twitter, use the #VicPDHelps hashtag.

For more information, visit: www.VictoriaCanadaDay.ca

Happy Canada Day Victoria!