2009 Canada Day @ Canada Place, Vancouver

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Let’s face it when it comes to Canada Day, Vancouver and it’s city council has really messed things up. For years we didn’t even have fireworks. However, this year is going to be different. There will be fireworks and a parade, plus much, much more!

I really hope that the city realizes that festivals are a good thing for the city. Just look at Montreal for god sake. We need more! This year has been better and this Canada Day announcement is a pleasant surprise.

CANADA DAY AT CANADA PLACE

Taking it to the streets and harbour front as Canada Place proudly hosts

Canada’s Largest 142nd Birthday Celebration outside of our nation’s capital

Vancouver, BC – Canada Place proudly presents its 22nd annual Canada Day Celebration this July 1st in the heart of Vancouver with a new street style festival, starting at Canada Place, the inspiring national landmark, and stretching west along the harbour front to Harbour Green Park. Enjoy the quintessential West Coast experience of an ocean breeze, majestic views of the North Shore Mountains & Stanley Park and Inspirationally Canadian performances from 10am -7pm. New this year is the 1st annual Canada Day parade at 7pm on Georgia Street presented by the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Society. Capping off the day is the 3rd annual Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show, a two-barge fireworks extravaganza viewable from several communities.

Canada Day at Canada Place is the place to be on July 1st with non stop music and activities on the Coast Capital Savings Mountain View Main Stage, the Canada Place Plaza Stage, the Celebrate Canada Stage and throughout the festival grounds. Featured entertainers include Elise Estrada, Delhi 2 Dublin, DJ Leanne, Soulstream, Top 10 Finalists from So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Dal Richards, Laurell, Rumba Calzada, and many more!

Welcoming the World to Canada’s Games – a cool experience of winter sports in the 20TENT, test your skills snowboarding or with slap shot hockey, catch the mesmerizing aerial displays of the Flying Canucks as they perform high altitude tricks and stunts, sit inside the new PEAK 2 PEAK Whistler Blackcomb Gondola.

Celebrating what makes us all proud to be Canadian, there is something for everyone to enjoy with our rich and diverse culture, people and talent. Meet Canada’s Army, Navy and Air Force heroes and get your photo taken inside a tank or F18cockpit. Authentic maple taffy, poutine and crepes will be served and Francophone music will be performed in the Maillardville 100 Zone, celebrating the community’s 100th anniversary. The morning Citizenship Ceremony will once again welcome new members to our Canadian Family in a heartfelt ceremony and the bouncy castles and waterpark in the Kids Zone at Harbour Green Park will experience nonstop action along with temporary tattoos, face painting, games and the 2010 Legacies Now SportFit™program.

Canada Day at Canada Place 2008 was nominated for National Event of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and was the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa hosting over 120,000 proud Canadians and guests. This year the spectacular free family community event will feature the inaugural Canada Day parade and once again be capped off with the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show at 10:30pm, lighting up the night by way of a two barge simultaneous show! For information on Canada Day fireworks visit www.canadadayfireworks.ca.

Canada Day at Canada Place is presented by Canada Place Corporation. Special thanks to our great supporters Celebrate Canada Committee for British Columbia and the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Department of National Defense, Coast Capital Savings, Edgewater Casino, Western Union, Port Metro Vancouver, BC Ferries, MBNA and our media partners: CTV, CKNW, 99.3 The FOX, The Vancouver Sun, OMNI and CHMB AM1320.

Visit www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca for full event details.

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