Canada Day in Chilliwack

The fireworks are always a highlight of Canada Day festivities in Chilliwack. - Arnold Nicholas
The fireworks are always a highlight of Canada Day festivities in Chilliwack.
— image credit: Arnold Nicholas

No matter where you find yourself on July 1, you’ll be able to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday in style—think live music, pancake breakfast, free family activities, fireworks and more.


Hot off the griddle

Nothing says Canada like a stack of flapjacks with maple syrup, which is why you have a couple of options when it comes to a Canada Day pancake breakfast.

If you find yourself near Chilliwack Landing, stop by Evergreen Hall, 8 to 11 a.m. for a $5 breakfast in support of the Special Olympics. The Chilliwack Community Band will also be on hand to get your morning off to a bright and cheerful start.

Harrison Hot Springs also hosts a pancake spread at the Harrison Fire Hall, beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Swim! Skate! Bounce!

There are plenty of free activities at the Chilliwack Landing, stretching from breakfast to fireworks. Send young’uns to the field of bouncy castles outside Prospera Centre, or head inside for a free skate from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. Those looking for afternoon activity can let loose in a free swim at the Leisure Centre from 2 to 5 p.m., or duck by the skate park to see skaters strut their stuff in a quest for prizes and street cred.


Rock show, light show

Head to the Chilliwack Landing to catch local artists onstage for the afternoon and evening, including Juno-nominated headliner Inez Jasper as well as Todd Richard, Rockland Moran, and the Loose Ends. Wrap up the night by heading across the road to Townsend Park for fireworks at 10 p.m.


Celebrate at Harrison

If you’d rather head out of Chilliwack for the holiday, pack your bags for a day on the Harrison beach. Have a relaxing day near the water, and round out the evening with a fireworks display over the lake.


Other things to occupy the day

You don’t need pancakes or fireworks to make the best of a day off. Head to the waterslides, the lake or the beach. Drop by the Chilliwack Cultural Centre to peruse local art hanging in the lobby, in a new display that starts on July 1. Try your hand at geocaching, fishing, or go for a nice hike.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Canada—be it curling up with a good book on your porch or taking off on a whitewater rafting adventure—you’ll be doing this country justice.

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