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Steveston set to host Canada Day celebration

By Don Fennell

Published 12:26 PDT, Tue June 25, 2019

Last Updated: 1:10 PDT, Tue June 25, 2019

Billed as home to the nation’s 'Biggest little birthday party,' Canada Day begins early in Steveston Village.

Billed as home to the nation’s “Biggest little birthday party,” Canada Day begins early in Steveston Village.

Plan to arrive early at Steveston Community Centre on Monday, July 1, where you can stake out a great spot for this year’s expansive community parade while gorging on pancakes. Steveston Rotarians are hosting the traditional pancake breakfast fundraiser starting at 6:30 a.m. sharp in the parking lot of Steveston Community Centre. But be sure to bring cash ($8 for the pancake breakfast or $5 for an alternative hot dog and drink) as cards are not accepted for the breakfast.

Following the always-popular Children’s Bike Parade at 9:30 a.m., which travels down Third Avenue and then east on Moncton Street to the Community Police Station, the always-colourful community parade starts at 10 a.m. at Garry Point Park and winds through the streets of Steveston and concludes near Railway Avenue.

With over 100 entries, the community parade takes nearly two hours to complete—all the while thrilling those along the route with military colour guards, beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, celebrities, sports teams, dignitaries and community groups.

Originally community a sports day, a fundraiser to build a playground in Steveston Park in 1944, today’s annual Steveston Salmon Festival attracts upwards of 80,000 people. This year, visitors will again have a plethora of entertainment options with multiple stages featuring over 75 performances. From musicians such as 54-40, Krystle Dos Santos, Urban Myth and Audrey De Boer to performers like yo-yo champion Terrance Wang, comedian juggler Matt Henry and Duh Hockey Guys, and from the Youth Zone (a free youth-only barbecue with basket, awesome music and retro video games) to the Horticultural Show (a professionally-judged flower and garden show held annually since 1969) to the Car Show (featuring custom cars, classic cars and hot rods and hosted by the Richmond Lions Club), there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The big day winds up along the historic Steveston waterfront with the traditional fireworks show starting about 10:15 p.m.

You’re encouraged to gather the family, pull up a few chairs and get ready for the spectacle, set this year to a custom mix of Canadian musical classics. 

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