Victoria, British Columbia
Canada Day in Victoria is always packed with lots of things to do. The lawn in front of the parliament buildings becomes the site of the famous living flag, where hundreds dress in red and white to take the shape of the Canadian flag—2015 saw 2,500 people participate. Day-long shows and concerts follow, while vendors line the waterfront offering all kinds of food and goodies. The day ends with a show of fireworks at the harbor.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver claims to have the biggest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa. A daytime festival at Canada Place begins at 10 a.m., which includes music, multicultural performances and a citizenship ceremony where Canadians can reaffirm their dedication to the country while also welcoming newcomers. The day finishes with a huge parade through the streets of the city then a spectacle of fireworks at the Coal Harbour and Dundarave beach—they go off simultaneously for an even bigger firework experience.
Calgarians put a great emphasis on celebrating Canada’s history on Canada Day. A traditional Aboriginal Powwow starts off the day at Prince’s Island Park, followed by traditional First Nations music and storytelling. Also at the park during that time, patrons are invited to celebrate the Canadian Military with interactive displays and meet-and-greets with Canadian war heroes. Before viewing fireworks along the river, there are street vendors, buskers, food trucks and lots of other festivities all throughout the city.