Canada Day Ideas and Events for Victoria BC 2012

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Published Jun 20, 2012

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Looking for the 2014 edition of our guide to Canada Day Events in Victoria? Click here!

Or read on for the 2012 guide:

Canada Day, one of our best statutory holidays, and hopefully with great weather, a time to kick off summer more formally in Victoria BC.

Little fun history … I’m a history buff … so Canada Day celebrates the Brit’s signing the British North American Act on July 1st in 1867, which united the three main colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada, into a unified dominion under the Crown called the Dominion of Canada.

Just fun little trivia, but I digress, and really want to say that Canada Day is our Nation’s official birthday, and just a great day to do fun family things, get dressed in red and paint the flag on your face, show some enthusiasm for this great country of ours, watch fireworks, and celebrate.

If you’re considering some fun ideas and events for Canada Day, here are some great things worth considering:

Royal Gorge Canada Day Picnic


Celebrate Canada Day along the Gorge Waterway with a pancake breakfast, family parade, stage entertainment, classic cars, kids’ activities, canoe rides, buskers corner, street hockey, Strawberry Tea, Canada Day market, & more. Kids’ Activities begin at 10 am

Canada Day Celebration 2012


Victoria’s annual celebration of our beloved nation, featuring our ‘Eh’ Rated firework display which gets better every year. The Canada Day Celebration is proudly presented by the City of Victoria and its event partners.
Starting at 11 am each day is the Multicultural Food Village at Ship Point, along with all day live entertainment.
On July 1st at 11 am the Legislature Lawns will be holding Kids Zone activities.
As always, there will be Fireworks at the Inner Harbour starting at 10:20 pm.

Fort Rodd Hill Canada Day Celebration


Canada Day’s biggest birthday cake is always served at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Come celebrate Canada’s special day and join the excitement. Just clap your hands, or dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day. Be a kid again, jump in and take part in all the fun activities. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake.

Sidney Days: Canada Day Celebration


Activities include our giant inflatable obstacle course, face painting, bubbles galore and much more!
Starting Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm come out for the Thrifty Foods Community BBQ. Enjoy live entertainment and Cake before the 10pm Fireworks with music!
On Sunday the Celebrations begin with Sidney Days 2k/5k Run & Walk, followed by a Pancake Breakfast and the Canada Day Parade (starting at 11 am). All afternoon enjoy the Family Fun Fair (from 12 pm – 4 pm).

Celebrate Canada Day in Sooke


Join the SEAPARC summer staff team at the Sooke Flats on Canada Day 1pm-4pm. Meet our camp leaders and fellow campers during this action packed afternoon filled with games, prizes & more! Activities include Food & Craft Books, Pie Eating Contest, Loggers Sport Show, Raft Building Race and Kid Zone.

If you’re not already, you can sign up to ChatterBlock for free, and week a weekly email of all the great Victoria BC weekend events nicely in your email. Click here to sign up.

Also, a great way to see the most popular events and programs on ChatterBlock, is to check out the Community Board.

Written by Ashley Mead-Robins

Ashley spends her days finding great activities for you and your kids!  The rest of her time is taken up with explorations of all kinds - through books, into art and beauty, adventuring with her dear husband, Owen.

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