Photo: Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

This year, Canada is celebrating a milestone birthday- 150 years to be exact. To honour this momentous occasion, events are being held all year long but in particular, on Canada Day. This national holiday falls on July 1st and everyone will be out to celebrate! Over the long weekend, you will find block parties, concerts, a parade, a pancake breakfast, and more! But to truly experience Canada Day in Whistler to it’s fullest, you have to know all the facts behind the magic. We’ve gathered up a few things you need to know about the festivities commemorating our great country!

  1. Keep you eyes peeled for the elaborate costumes worn by Miss Whistler and Miss Blackcomb who will be walking in the annual Canada Day Parade. The parade starts at 12pm and the route follows the village stroll.
  2. Canada celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act of 1867 which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single country called Canada. To commemorate this event further, The Barefoot Bistro is holding a Fathers of Confederation Tribute Dinner which will be held on the grounds of the Whistler Golf Course.
  3. Whistler Cooks prepare enough pancakes for 150 people starting at 9am. That’s a whole lot of pancake flipping!
  4. Whistler Blackcomb will be giving out 150 free sightseeing passes to watch the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre perform as well as the young musicians of the VSO Whistler Institute at the Roundhouse.
  5. There are a number of free performances happening all weekend long. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Whistler Olympic Plaza, the VSO Whistler Institute at the Roundhouse and a 19+ event in Creekside.
  6. Sip on local craft beer or B.C wine at special Canada Day beer garden. Entry is $5 and it is a cash bar.
  7. Throughout Whistler, there will be free transit from July 1st starting at 5am until the last bus on July 3rd.
  8. Many of the local neighbourhoods will be holding their own block parties. Here, you will find games, BBQ’s and lots of locals!
  9. Not sure what event to attend? Don your red and white clothing and just walk around. Many of the events have prizes for the best Canada Day costume!
  10. Of course you will be seeing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police marching in their iconic red uniform in the annual Canada Day parade and all over town! The uniform is a piece of Canada’s history.
  11. Celebrate Canada Day and the work of Canadian artists by visiting the Audain Art Museum.
  12. Looking for something a bit more physical? Join in the annual Spud Run held in Pemberton which features a 10km loop and a 3km option.

Canada Day in Whistler is filled with activities for everyone and now that you have all the facts, you can maximize your fun. Looking to be in Whistler for the July long-weekend? Stay at The Adara, Whistler’s boutique ski hotel.

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