New parklet at D'Oro Gelato

Make the most of your city this summer

June 28 2019 –

While the skies may be a little overcast, there are still plenty of reasons to get outside and celebrate this Canada Day weekend.

Public spaces

Residents are invited to sit back, relax, and watch the world go by at one the two new parklets the City has installed on Robson Street – one at D’Oro Gelato and one at Sage. 

Or you can go catch-up with friends at the Bute-Robson Plaza which has been brightened up with the addition of some new site furniture which is designed to encourage social interaction.

Find out more about the parklet program and how it helps create dynamic public spaces

Canada Day celebration

The largest Canada Day celebration outside Ottawa will take place at Canada Place on Monday including live music, food trucks, a picnic plaza, and the annual fireworks show at 10:30pm.

Anyone heading to the event is encouraged to take transit as there will be road closures and parking on some roads in the area including West Cordova, Granville and Howe.

Get full road closure details

Canada Day activities

Many community centres such as Britannia, False Creek, Hastings, Kerrisdale, Kensington, and Sunset in Vancouver are also hosting Canada Day activities.

Call your local centre for details

Parks, beaches, and pools

Residents looking for a place to unwind can visit Vancouver’s parks, beaches, and pools.

Outdoor pools

The Vancouver Park Board’s three heated seaside outdoor pools at Kitsilano Beach, Second Beach in Stanley Park and New Brighton Park, in addition to the outdoor pool at Hillcrest Centre and Maple Grove outdoor pool in Kerrisdale, are all open. Kits and New Brighton pool will stay open until September 15, while the others close September 3. 


Lifeguards are patrollling 11 bathing beaches daily through Labour Day weekend from 11:30am to 8:30pm (closing at 9pm from mid-June to mid-August), except when the red light is on at the Lifeguard Station.

Vancouver has approximatley 18 kilometres of coastline with nearly 11 kilometres of beaches. Trout Lake, located in John Hendry Park, is the only freshwater, lifeguard supervised beach in Vancouver.

Beach mats or Mobi-Mats at Kits Beach and English Bay and water wheelchairs, which are available on a first come, first served basis at no charge, make pools and beaches accessible to everyone.

Visitors to parks and beaches are reminded not to smoke as smoking is prohibited.

Barbecues in parks

Barbecues must be 30 cm or 12 inches from the ground. People using charcoal are asked to dispose of their coals at hot coal dump sites throughout city parks.

Only propane barbecues are permitted if there is an extreme fire warning. The fire level risk is posted on fire hazard signs at parks with forests. 

Pack-in and pack-out your garbage

Wherever you are celebrating Canada Day, residents are encouraged to pack-in and pack-out their garbage or make use of one of the more than 90 zero-waste recycling bins that are located in many parks and beaches.

Happy Canada Day