In-person Canada Day events in Victoria are back, and they promise to be better than ever!
On Friday, July 1st, Victoria’s annual Canada Day event, presented by Central Walk, is taking place at Ship Point on the Inner Harbour.
The daylong event, will kick-off with a traditional First Nations canoe protocol, and there will be an Official Welcoming Ceremony, followed by a lineup of diverse music and dance performances on the main stage—the rest of Ship Point will be filled with a Multicultural Street Market with artisans, a kid’s zone, food trucks and even more interactive activities!
Following the full lineup of performances and fun, the day will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display.
This year’s event has been designed to honour the Lekwungen people and their lands and culture and to offer a fun, family-friendly, and inclusive event that reflects the diversity of our community and our country.
Without further ado, here are 7 things to know about this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Victoria:
1. There will be all-day entertainment on the main stage
The Victoria Real Estate Board Main Stage will feature an exciting lineup of talent, kicked off with a performance by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers just after 12 p.m., and Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper will end the evening with a 75-minute show—you can check out the day’s full lineup of performances here!
2. You could be a part of it all!
This year, Canada Day Victoria will be featuring a Share Your Heritage Photo Contest!
Help to create a photo gallery representing the diversity of Victoria and Canada, and by sharing your cultural heritage you enter to win one of two $100 Mayfair Mall gift cards!
Enter online here.
3. There will be an epic kid’s zone for the little ones
There were be plenty to do and to see for the little ones in your life this Canada Day, with a kid’s zone which will run from noon to dusk! Check it out:
- Tickles & Yowza the Clowns at 1:30 p.m., then balloon twisting until 4 p.m.
- Volunteer Victoria will be offering face painting and tattoos from
- Fun & Giant Games featuring hands on fun
- Bouncy Castle & Bouncy Obstacle Course
- The Bug Zoo, an interactive exhibit to learn about bugs
- Pacific FC will have a soccer shot activity on-site
4. The best of the Victoria food truck scene will be there
Hungry? You won’t have to leave the Canada Day Celebrations to get your eats and treats! You’ll find the best of the best of Victoria’s food trucks will be there for all of your cravings, including:
- Whistler Wood Fired Pizza
- Mama Rosies Kitchen
- Greek on the Street
- Sub-Zero Ice Cream
- Lemon Heaven
- Road Treasure Treats
- The Ice Cream Truck
- Hotdog Hustlin’
- Taco Revolution
- Sunset Island
- Yummy Food Truck
- Candytime Victoria
- Hungry Bubbas
- FreshCoast Health Food
- Kattia’s Kitchen
- Bru Bike Expresso Bar
5. Local Indigenous arts, culture and craft will be woven throughout the day
The day will begin with a traditional First Nations canoe protocol and an Official Welcoming Ceremony, followed by a performance by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers on the main stage.
This year’s Canada Day festivities will include live, multicultural entertainment on the main stage and a Multicultural Street Market filled with artisans, including:
- Aniska Crafts
- Cove Creativity
- Exclusive Brazil
- Friends of Gashora
- Grandma’s Apothec
- Karmik Henna Art
- Kindred Coast
- Otter & Emma
- Raincoast Jewelry
- Roger Jackson Fine Arts
- Sea Leaf Products
- She Did Knot
- Syriana Catering
- Tanis Designs
- Tinast Canada
- Where Wild Things Glow
6. Canada Day is going green
Victoria’s Canada Day is going zero waste! There will be a Green Team of volunteers and members of the DVBA’s Clean Team supporting recycling efforts at the street market and throughout the day, and free bike parking for anyone cycling to and from the event.
7. There WILL be fireworks!
As in past celebrations, there will be a spectacular firework display following the day’s live entertainment at around 10:20 p.m.—we can’t think of a better way to end the day!
The fireworks will be presented by Reliance Properties.
You can stay up to date and view the full Canada Day schedule online here.
- Where: Ship Point at the Inner Harbour
- When: Friday, July 1st