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.

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. 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.

When and where

Canada Day celebrations take place throughout Canada on July 1, which is a public holiday. Richmond’s activity-packed day starts in the early morning and runs into the evening. Most of the day’s activities are free and, since Steveston Village parking is at a premium, visitors typically arrive via transit, free shuttle buses, or by bike (free bike valet services are often provided).

Unique double festival

Richmond’s distinctive Canada Day party is comprised of two interrelated festivals that run alongside each other. Reflecting Richmond’s fishing industry roots, this includes the historic Steveston Salmon Festival—the highlight of which is a huge salmon barbecue serving thousands of hungry diners—as well as a daylong roster of Richmond Canada Day activities and entertainment including live music and a sparkling fireworks display.

What to expect

Canada Day starts 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 Bake (it starts around 10:00am), there are also plenty of food trucks to fuel-up at. 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.