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Canada Day: There's something fishy about Steveston

Entertainment from dawn to dusk in Steveston village on July 1

The 70th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival – “Canada’s biggest little birthday party” – will celebrate our nation’s 148th birthday and the local heritage of the village of Steveston.

The festival’s main attractions are the Canada Day parade and the famous salmon bake, which serves wild sockeye salmon expertly cooked over open, alder wood fire pits. It’s a fun-filled day of live entertainment, trade, art, craft shows and many fun activities for children and youth.

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Other attractions include the Japanese cultural show, martial arts demonstrations, a food fair, a children’s festival, and new this year, the freindly Chalk the Boardwalk competition that will connect the festival to Ships to Shore attractions. In addition, Canada Day at the Salmon Festival will welcome 41 new Canadians as part of the Citizenship Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Main Stage.

The day starts early at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by the children’s bike parade at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. the big Canada Day parade begins; it will include marching bands, colourful community floats, decorated vehicles and plenty of pirates.

Immediately after the parade, the festival is officially opened with the singing of O Canada followed by a declaration by Mayor Malcolm Brodie around high noon.

On the Main Stage, Odds, a Canadian rock band, will bring their quirky musical talents to Steveston for the first time.

The afternoon music line-up will also feature RichCity Idol 2015 winner Hannah Goertz, Steveston Seniors Drum Group, Stone Poets, Sunberry Fitness and lastly Urban Myth.

Remember to check the weather forecast and dress for the elements.

Parking is limited in and outside the village, so festival-goers are encouraged to walk, cycle or take buses (401, 402, 407, 410, C93).

And don’t forget the Ships to Shore events starting on Monday (June 29) and running until July 1 at Britannia Heritage Shipyards where a variety of vessels will be tied up for visitors to board.