Canada Day 

Canada Day event logo

We acknowledge with gratitude and respect that the name Coquitlam was derived from the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (kwee-kwuh-tlum) meaning “Red Fish Up the River”. The City of Coquitlam is honoured to be located on the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) traditional and ancestral lands, including those parts that were historically shared with the sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), and other Coast Salish Peoples.

Coquitlam recognizes that Canada Day can mean different things for different members of our community. As a result, the City has adapted the July 1 event to provide a day that is sensitive to the diverse range of community perspectives. Canada Day in Coquitlam is a safe and inclusive family-friendly event with a wide range of entertainment, multicultural performances, fireworks, food, fun activities and opportunities to learn more about Canadian and pre-colonial Indigenous history.

July 1, 2023
12 – 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Town Centre Park

Event Schedule

Table showing the days events
Time Event Location
12 p.m. Balkan Shmalkan (Eastern European; pop, jazz music)  Plaza Stage
12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony                                                                                       Plaza Stage
1:15 p.m. Karima Essa (Bollywood; dance)                                                             Plaza Stage
1:45 p.m. Jultagi (Korean; tightrope walking)                                                      Meadow Stage
3 p.m. The Myrtle Family Band (Vaudeville; comedy, dance, jazz music) Plaza Stage
4 p.m. WILLs JAMs (Children; bilingual, rock-pop music)                          Meadow Stage
5 p.m. Bakara Band (Persian; pop music)                                                          Plaza Stage
6:45 p.m. Forro Do Cano (North Eastern Brazil; music, dance) Meadow Stage
8:30 p.m. The Suits (pop, hip hop, R&B, soul, funk music)                              Plaza Stage
10 p.m.   Fireworks                                                                                                            Lafarge Lake

Family Friendly Activities

The 8,000-square-metre (86,000-square-foot) festival lawn near the Town Centre Park Community Plaza will feature:

  • Adventure Games – Stop by for exciting and fun active games for a variety of ages, skills and abilities, including mini golf and a climbing wall.
  • Eat Street – Sponsored by Journey Auto Group, find tasty and affordable food options from a variety of different cultures and culinary styles, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
  • Eco Zone – Join the City's environmental team and local environmental organizations for fun and interactive environmental activities and face painting. 
  • Coquitlam Lane – Snap a photo in the giggle booth and learn about the City’s recreation, parks, multicultural and first response services. Coquitlam’s Tree Spree team will be on site with free tree giveaways. You can also learn more and get engaged on some of Coquitlam’s major projects, including the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Transportation Plan. 
  • The Meadow – Discover the various arts, cultural and service groups from the community, and participate in fun activities. The Meadow Stage will feature cultural music performances throughout the day.

View the Canada Day site map (PDF).

Food and Drink

Stop by Eat Street, sponsored by Journey Auto Group, from 12 - 9 p.m. to find exciting food options from a variety of different culinary styles. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available. 

Getting to Canada Day

Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park is located at 1299 Pinetree Way with access points on Pinetree Way, Pipeline Road and David Avenue. Please consider walking, taking public transit or riding your bike. 

  • Transit – The Canada Day event is located a short ten-minute walk from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Skytrain station, with a clearly marked paved path leading the way to the event grounds. 
  • Bike – Attendees who choose to ride their bike to the event can access the free on-site bike valet service stationed along Trevor Wingrove Way . 
  • Vehicle – For those who arrive by vehicle, free parking will be available in the lots off of Trevor Wingrove Way and at the Douglas College surface lots. View the Canada Day Parking map (PDF)
  • Pick-up/drop-off – There will be designated pick-up and drop-off areas in parking lot A (on the west side of the park off of Trevor Wingrove Way adjacent to Pinetree Way).
  • Road Closure: Pinetree Way between Guildford Avenue and Pinewood Avenue will be closed to traffic in the evening from 9:30 – 11 p.m. for the fireworks display.

Event Accessibility 

Coquitlam strives to create experiences for people of all ages and abilities. On Canada Day this includes providing:

  • Designated accessible pickup/drop-off locations
  • Accessible parking and entrances
  • Accessible stage-viewing areas
  • An accessible viewing area for fireworks
  • Multilingual volunteers and staff

View the Canada Day Accessibility map (PDF).

Resources for Learning

The City is encouraging residents to reflect on the country’s complicated colonial history, and consider our nation's strengths as well as its flaws, as we collectively learn from our past and do better in the future.  

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information about the Canada Day in Coquitlam 2023 event see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Interested in being one of our Canada Day performers? Learn more on our Arts and Culture Program Performance page.

Become a Corporate Partner

Sponsorship opportunities are available! To learn how to get involved email our Corporate Partners team

Logos of all the 2023 Canada Day corporate sponsors.

Special thanks to our Corporate Partners: