Canada Day in Whistler
History of Canada Day
Canada Day is Canada’s national holiday. It falls on July 1st every year and is celebrated across Canada. July 1st has been a federal holiday since 1867. Back then the day was known as Dominion Day and was called such until 1982 when it was renamed Canada Day.
Planning Canada Day
Canada Day is a big deal in Whistler. We have lots of events, concerts, and shows on over the long weekend. Although it’s a holiday, you can still expect all your favourite cafes, restaurants and stores to be open. The average weather for July in Whistler has a daily low of 11°C, and a daily high of 27°C. So make sure you pack your sunscreen and a hat!
Canada Day Events
Canada Day in Whistler Village
Whistler is the ideal place to spend Canada Day. We have live music, a parade, and events for all the family.
The Village Stroll bursts to life on Canda Day. You’ll find street entertainers making children laugh, stilt walkers posing for photos and people dressed up in extravagant costumes. Walking around the village is an event by itself!
What would Canada Day be without fireworks? There are lots of firework displays on Canada Day, but none in a more beautiful setting than Whistler. The firework display takes place at the base of Whistler Mountain and lights up the night sky. To get a close view you can watch from Skiers Plaza, or watch from afar at many points throughout Whistler.
Canada Day Parade
Watching the parade on Canada Day is an absolute must! Whistler has a brilliantly entertaining festival that's a perfect way to spend Canada Day in Whistler with your family. The parade kicks off at noon and walks the entirety of the village stroll from Olympic Plaza to Skiers Plaza. You’ll be able to see Royal Canadian Mounted Police, firemen, musicians and more throughout the parade. Make sure you're wearing as much red and white as possible for some Canadian pride!
Olympic Plaza Concerts
Canada Day in Whistler kicks off Whistler’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra usually play, however, this year they won’t be making an appearance. Instead, this year will see The Tenors play the free, open-air Canada Day concert. The Tenors are a Canadian vocal group who have won awards for their blend of classical and contemporary music.
Canada Day in the Mountains
What could be more Canadian than spending Canada Day in the mountains surrounded by Canadian nature?
Canada Day is the perfect time to take a ride on the Peak 2 Peak gondola and explore some of our fantastic hiking trails. There are trails for all ability levels. So if you want to take a stroll through some old-growth forest with your family, or if you fancy spending a few hours on an alpine hike, there's something to suit everybody.
Whistler Bike Park
Even though lacrosse is Canada’s national sport (yes, really!). I can’t think of much more Canadian activities than mountain biking. Whistler Bike Park is one of, if not the, best bike park in the world. It is ideal for beginners with its easy green trails and excellent bike coaches. While the more experienced bikers will no doubt know of the world-class trails available here.
On Mountain Dining
Can you really have a Canada Day without poutine and a Caesar? Lucky for you there are a number of dining options available when you’re high in the mountains. Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain has three food courts with options from all over the world, as well, of course, the Canadian classics. Rendezvous Lodge and Christine’s are located on Blackcomb Mountain and are serving up great food all summer long.
No matter what you choose to do for Canada Day in Whistler, you’re sure to have a brilliant time.