Steveston Salmon Festival
Canada Day
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Canada Day in Richmond, BC

Enjoy a family-friendly celebration for Canada Day on July 1.

Celebrating Canada

Home of the nation’s ‘biggest little birthday party,’ Richmond’s waterfront Steveston Village draws more than 70,000 locals and visitors every Canada Day (July 1). Dressed in red, waving little flags, and often sporting temporary maple leaf tattoos, people of all ages roll in for a full day of fun and festivities.

What is the Steveston Salmon Festival?

Reflecting Richmond’s fishing industry roots, the Steveston Salmon Festival is a unique Canada Day party—the highlight of which is a huge salmon barbecue serving thousands of hungry diners—as well as a day-long roster of activities and entertainment including live music, free entry to several historic sites, and a sparkling fireworks display.

When and Where to Celebrate

Canada Day celebrations take place throughout Canada on July 1, which is a public holiday. Richmond’s activity-packed day starts in Steveston Village in the early morning and runs into the evening. Most of the day’s activities—all under the Steveston Salmon Festival banner—are free to enjoy! Learn more in our Insider's Guide to Canada Day in Richmond.

What to expect

The Canada Day festivities start with a Pancake Breakfast. After that, there’s a parade (look for Sammy the Salmon, a favourite local mascot) plus multiple stages showcasing live music and cultural performances. Throughout the day, there are also vintage car displays, craft and horticulture demonstrations, and much more. The festival footprint is quite large, so visitors can pick and choose what to see, and stay for as long as they like.

If you miss the Salmon Barbecue (it starts around 10:00am), there are also plenty of food trucks to fuel-up at, and many of Steveston's restaurants remain open to serve hungry visitors. And in the evening, headline musical acts take to the largest stage to continue the party before—at around 10:15pm—Steveston’s grand fireworks finale kicks off over the waterfront. 

How to Get There

Since parking in Steveston is at a premium on Canada Day, visitors typically arrive via public transit, free shuttle buses, or by bike (free bike valet services are provided).