Celebrate BC Day on Monday, August 5th!

This post was written by Wiley H Jul 29, 2019 in Arts, Community, Events, Family

This August 5th is BC Day and a long weekend for most of us. As you enjoy some time off with family and friends, take a moment to reflect on the beauty and diversity of our province. 

What is BC Day?
In Canada, the first Monday of each August is a public holiday. In many provinces it’s referred to as a Civic Holiday, while in British Columbia it’s called BC Day. Although it’s not a statutory holiday most people have the day off, making it one of the busiest long weekends in our parks and recreational spaces. 
Where to celebrate BC Day
BC is a beautiful province full of wild places and provincial parks to discover. With the start of August being the height of summer vacation and good weather, many of us opt to head out of town. 
Closer to home, however, there are numerous excellent events and free festivals happening this August long weekend. Here are a few highlights:
  1. Live & Local Concert Series – catch a free evening, outdoor concert on Friday, August 2nd, in Deep Cove, Lynn Valley or Edgemont Village! For a listing of concerts, click here.
  2. Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver – from August 2 – 11, this free and family-friendly festival is held at Ambleside with many art exhibits, live music and outdoor movies. For festival info, click here.
  3. Celebration of Light Fireworks at English Bay Beach – this year, the three countries displaying their pyrotechnical prowess will be India (July 27), Canada (July 31) and Croatia (August 3). For best places to watch the fireworks, click here.
  4. Powell Street Festival – August 3 – 4, this free festival celebrates Japanese-Canadian culture and heritage with art and cultural displays, Japanese foods, Taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, bonsai demos and ikebana flower-arranging workshops. For more info, click here.
  5. Squamish Days Festival – from August 1 – 5, this is a community event featuring logging industry-related activities, a chair carving contest and bed races throughout town. For more info, click here.
  6. White Rock Sea Festival – August 3 – 4, this free event includes children’s activities, fireworks, a torchlight parade and live entertainment. For more info, click here.
  7. Tsawwassen Sun Festival – from August 2 – 5, this family-friendly festival includes a pancake breakfast, local parade, car show, Kids’ Fun Zone and marketplace. For more info, click here.
However way you decide to spend the day, enjoy your freedom on BC Day!

Wiley H.

Wiley is a long-time North Vancouver resident. She works as a technical writer and is the current newsletter editor for the North Shore Writers’ Association. She spends her free time feeding her twin passions of creative writing and hiking. She recently discovered a potential third passion - the pottery studio at the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.





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