Canada Day 2021

Reflect on the common elements found in all cultures—family, food, movement & creativity—with registered and at-your-own-pace activities leading up to and on July 1.

New Westminster is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming community. This Canada Day we encourage everyone to respect and recognize cultural diversity as a source of enrichment and strength. Our suggested activities encompass family, food, movement and creativity, as they are common features in all cultures. We do not celebrate the hurtful legacy and ongoing impacts of colonization, but rather the opportunity to grow and heal together. 

The Country We Should Aspire to Become: A Part 2 Medicine Wheel Teaching by Ernie Cardinal

Teaching and healing undertaken in memory of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School. This video is presented in partnership with Spirit of the Children Society.

Video will be live via YouTube Premiere on July 1

  • Wearing Orange as a Way to Reflect

    One way to reflect is by wearing orange on Canada Day in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. Please refer to the link below to learn about what orange shirts symbolize.

    Read more about orange shirts.

  • Food Activities

    Food Activities

    Come together with these nourishing options.

    Food Truck Experience

    Enjoy a variety of food options at this food truck experience.  Pick-up your food, bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the nearby grass field, at a local park or at home.  There will be something for everyone from desserts to snacks to meals. We are excited to feature eight unique food trucks from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.  Parking is available at the old New Westminster Secondary School and can be accessed from Eighth Street near Dublin Avenue.  The entrance will be located on Tenth Avenue.  We encourage you to walk or ride, and to enjoy an outdoor picnic.

    The following food trucks will be participating: All About the Grill, Aloha Poke, Dim Sum Express, Fusion Icy, Hunky Bills, Lemon Heaven, TLC Poutine and Mini Donut Factory.

    The Old New Westminster Secondary School
    Thursday, July 1, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tenth Avenue near Eighth Street

    Seniors Lunch Kit

    Pick up a pot-pie picnic to enjoy outdoors! A pre-packaged meal including a pot pie, salad, dessert, a drink and a special gift available for older adults 50+.

    Order by phone 604-519-1066 or 
    Wednesday, June 30 - Pick-up at Century House, 620 Eighth Street, New Westminster.
    Registration Fee: $10.00

    Coming out of Quarantine Kitchen Dessert and Kit

    As we slowly come out of quarantine, we are pleased to present a fun inclusive edition of Quarantine Kitchen - cooking with Guy Bureau of Coming Home Café fame. Free ingredient kits to make a special dessert will be provided to the first 50 registrants. Ingredient lists and recipe will be provided to all registrants in advance. Guy, along with special guests, will guide you via Zoom to make the delicious recipe in preparation for July 1. One kit per household. Internet access required. New Westminster residents only. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants in advance.

    Register at or call Century House, 604-519-1066.
    Wednesday, June 30 at 6:30 pm - Live Virtual Cooking Show
    Registration Fee: Free

    New West Farmers Market

    Bring your family to Tipperary park and join us at the New West Farmers Market on July 1st for an extended market and picnic day! Bring a blanket for the beautiful lawn out front City Hall, buy supplies for a picnic from our vendors, enter to win a picnic prize pack, enjoy music and much more!  Help us shift away from celebrating colonialism, instead let's celebrate our community, support and commit to ongoing reconciliation in Canada, and help us recognize our Indigenous partner organizations. For more information please visit

    Thursday, July 1, 3:00 - 7:00 pm - Tipperary Park

  • Movement activities

    Movement Activities

    Come together by moving your body!

    Family Yoga in the Park

    Come start your July 1 with our Family Fun Yoga in the park. What better good morning than with an a-ha moment. Classes will take place in Moody Park (South Field) and Ryall Park at 10:00 am and run for 30 minutes. Participants should come dressed ready to go, towel or mat, and pre filled water bottle. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please note that you must be 6+ and classes will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Register online or call 604-525-7388. 
    Ryall Park, 10:00 - 10:30 am, 109829
    Moody Park, 10:00 - 10:30 am, 109831
    Registration fee: Free

    Wander the Park

    Explore Queen’s Park, reflect upon its history and reimagine what it could have been if others were part of its design. Access digital activities using your smartphone and QR codes. Look for the sign on the Millennium Trail near Third Street to start your exploration. This program is a collaboration between the New Westminster Museum, Arts Services, and New Media Gallery.

    Queen’s Park
    July 1-31



    Circus Arts Downtown

    Explore the downtown area on Canada Day and you may discover a surprise – Circus Art!  In partnership with the Downtown New West BIA, a variety of performers from Vancouver Circus School will be roving the streets and moving around the downtown area. Check out the talent, support local businesses and explore the Downtown area!  July 1 is also the kick-off of Quest New West, which is a month long scavenger hunt presented by the Downtown BIA.  Find out more at

    Downtown New Westminster
    12:00 - 3:00 pm

    Learn to Juggle

    Have you ever tried to juggle? This is your opportunity to learn from an expert and to try juggling with any three balls. A performer from Vancouver Circus School will guide you at a beginner or more advanced level. Good luck and have fun!

    Staring July 1, watch: 

    Juggling with One Hand

    Three Ball Juggling


  • Creative Activities

    Come together with arts, crafts, dance and more!

    Concert in the Park with Will’s Jams

    A free, family friendly, concert in the park.  Will Stoet of Will's Jams is a JUNO-nominated musician, nationally recognized educator and former CBC Kids TV star. His performance in English and French is full of witty wordplay and sing-along choruses, inspiring kids to be active, creative, caring and community-minded.

    The concerts will take place rain-or-shine at the Queen's Park Stadium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs, beverages and snacks.  There will be no food sold at the concert. Each group of concert go-ers will have a small area to call their own while enjoying the concert.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please note that all attendees, including babies and children must be registered.

    Queen’s Park Stadium. Register online or call 604-525-7388
    10:00 - 10:45 am - 111343
    12:00 – 12:45 pm - 111344
    2:00 - 2:45 pm - 111345

    Registration Fee: Free

    Family Activity Kit

    Fun in a bag! To get your family celebration started, we are giving away a limited number of family friendly activity kits! Each kit includes a collection of supplies that will inspire creativity, learning and an active way to come together as a family. One kit per family.

    Register at or call Century House, 604-519-1066.
    Tuesday, June 29 - Pick-up in the Century House parking lot, 620 Eighth Street, New Westminster.
    Registration Fee: Free

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    Virtual Photo Booth

    Capture yourself coming together by using this virtual photo booth. Create a unique photo or gif that will be emailed to you. We want to see how you experience July 1 virtually or in person in our city.

    Use the photo booth

    Tag your photos  or send in your photo by email to .

    Found Objects Art Collage

    Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster, join local artist Merril Hall and design your own Found Objects Collage. Take a wander through your neighbourhood, park, or backyard and gather some leaves, pinecones, twigs, rocks, and any other interesting objects you can find. Discover ways to turn those found objects into a one-of-a-kind nature-inspired collage. Admire the beauty of nature and get creative with the whole family.

    Watch starting July 1

    Found Objects Collage

    Supply List: Heavy weight paper, scrap paper, scissors, glue, colouring supplies (paint, crayons, markers or pastels) and found objects (leaves, twigs, features, pinecones and more).


  • Thank you to our sponsors

    This project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and the following sponsors.

    Presenting Sponsors: The Government of Canada, The Record and Downtown New West BIA

    Community Sponsors: Arts Council of New Westminster, Coming Home Cafe, Hyack Festival Association, Kids New West, Last Door Recovery Society, Literacy New West, posAbilities, Project Bloom, New West Family Place, New West Farmers Market, Spirit of the Children Society, and Vancouver Circus School.



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