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Canada Day Celebrations happening in Metro Vancouver

Celebrate Canada's 148th birthday in style. Here are three of the biggest parties to note.

Live entertainment, fireworks, parades and food you won't want to miss

Shawno Ashmore (right) and Hugo A-go-go (left) celebrating Canada Day 2014. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Celebrate Canada's 148th birthday in style. Here are three of the biggest parties to note:

1. 70th annual Steveston Salmon Festival 

The Steveston Community Centre hosts the 70th Annual Salmon Festival this Wednesday, July 1. (Steveston Salmon Festival/Facebook)

The highlight of the day is the annual ultimate salmon barbecue — nearly 550 kilograms of juicy salmon, barbecued to perfection. 

More than 100 floats, marching bands, celebrities and other personalities will wind their way down Moncton Street beginning at 10 a.m.  

Early risers can enjoy the pancake breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Other activities running throughout the fair grounds include local performers and a show and shine of vintage cars.

For its 70th year, the festival will feature a special retrospective exhibit of images from festivals over the decades, and a special children's art activity.

Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m., main event begins at 10 a.m.

2. Surrey Canada Day 

Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to turn out to this year's Canada Day celebrations in Surrey. (Surrey Canada Day/Facebook)

Family fun for all ages, and it's free.

You'll find midway games and rides, an expanded Kids Play area, over 100 exhibitors, live entertainment with musical headliners Blue Rodeo, and a spectacular fireworks show for the grand finale. 

Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to attend.

Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
When: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

3. Vancouver Parade and Fireworks 

Vancouver’s only two-barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza happens Friday, July 1. The two barges are located in Dundarave and Coal Harbour. (CBC News)

The day begins with an inspiring citizenship ceremony to welcome the country's newest citizens, followed by a multitude of multicultural performances.

Great live entertainment featuring the likes of Hannah Georgas, Don Amero, Rumba Calzada and Tim Chaisson will take the main stage. Family friendly activities include performances by the Hairfarmers, Watasun and Bellwoods.

Interactive activity zones will feature food carts, street hockey, an armed forces display, Salty's Fun Zone and a circus show.

The Canada Day Parade will run from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., beginning at Georgia Street and Broughton Street and ends with a fantastic display of fireworks.

It`s Vancouver's only two-barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza. Watch as the sky lights up in celebration of our nation's birthday. The two barges are located in Dundarave and Coal Harbour.

Other viewing areas include Harbour Green Park, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. 

Where: Canada Place and Jack Poole Plaza 
When: View the schedule


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