COQUITLAM, B.C., June 14, 2022 – Coquitlam welcomes the community back to Town Centre Park for the first in-person Canada Day event since 2019.
Coquitlam recognizes that Canada Day can mean different things for different members of our community. As a result, the City has adapted the event to provide a day that is sensitive to the diverse range of community perspectives.
What To Expect
Kicking off at noon, Canada Day in Coquitlam will include two stages of music and dance performances, community and City displays, artisans, food trucks, an eco zone, adventure games, a full site liquor service and a 10 p.m. fireworks finale. New Indigenous history and educational programming will be included in the event, and online educational and support resources will be made available before, during and after the event.
Headliner Trilojay, a high-energy three-piece band, will take to the TD Performance Stage at approximately 8:30 p.m., with funky rock tunes that are sure to have the audience on their feet grooving along.
More information about Coquitlam’s Canada Day performers can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday
Family Friendly Activities
The 8,000-square-metre (86,000-square-foot) festival lawn near the TD Community Plaza will be home to:
- Adventure Games – Stop by for exciting, quick and fun active games for a variety of ages, skills and abilities from Houle Game & Entertainment.
- Eat Street – Sponsored by Journey Auto Group, find exciting and affordable food options from a variety of different cultures/culinary styles including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
- Eco Zone – Join the City's environmental and parks groups, 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.
- The Meadow – Come to Coquitlam House for engaging displays and activities from Coquitlam’s cultural organizations and local businesses. Don’t miss the variety of high quality artisan items for sale. The Meadow Stage, sponsored by PARC Living, will feature cultural music performances throughout the day.
Canada Day maps, schedules and event details can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday.
Coquitlam’s Canada Day Is An Accessible Event
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; and
- multilingual volunteers and staff.
Visit www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday for complete accessibility details and to view the event site’s accessibility map.
How To Get Here
Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park is located 1299 Pinetree Way with access points on Pinetree Way, Pipeline Road and David Avenue.
- Transit – The Canada Day event is located a short ten-minute walk from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Skytrain station, with a clearly marked 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 at the Basketball Court (along Trevor Wingrove Way between the Skate Park and Recycling Depot).
- Vehicle – For those who arrive by vehicle, free parking will be available in the lots off Trevor Wingrove Way.
- 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 Trevor Wingrove Way adjacent to Pinetree Way).
Pinetree Way between Guildford Avenue and Pinewood Avenue will be closed to traffic from 9:30 – 11 p.m. for the fireworks display.
Find Indigenous Educational Resources Online
Coquitlam is encouraging residents to reflect on Canada’s complicated colonial history with Indigenous communities and consider both its strengths and its flaws, as the country strives collectively to learn from the past and do better in the future.
As a starting place, the City is providing educational resources at www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday:
- A reading list and emotional support resources from Coquitlam Public Library;
- Information on residential schools and indigenous resilience from the BC Alliance for Arts & Culture;
- Links to education and exhibits from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; and
- Resources and ideas from the Orange Shirt Society.
Corporate Partners Lend Their Support to Provide Free Event
Marcon is returning as the presenting partner for Coquitlam’s Canada Day, which in 2019 drew more than 75,000 people from across the Tri-Cities and beyond. A Metro Vancouver housing developer, Marcon is known in Coquitlam for projects such as 567 Clark + Como and Regan’s Walk.
PARC Living has joined this year’s Canada Day event as the Meadow Stage Partner, Journey Auto Group is the sponsor of Eat Street, and Mariner Brewing has returned as the Beverage Partner through the City’s Corporate Partnership Program, which seeks partnerships with businesses to offset costs.
About The Sponsors
To learn more about the Canada Day event sponsors, please visit their company websites:
About Coquitlam Corporate Partners
The Coquitlam Corporate Partners (CCP) Program is marketing partnership program that allows businesses to connect with their target audiences while directly contributing to the community where their customers live, learn, work and play. The revenue generated through the CCP Program benefits residents and the community-at-large by funding enhanced programs and services. To find a partnership opportunity that might be right for your business, contact email@example.com or visit www.coquitlam.ca/corporatepartners.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Coquitlam
In step with the evolving understanding taking place in Canada and around the world, Coquitlam has strengthened its focus on promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the City’s work and in the community at large. EDI initiatives seek to build an equitable and inclusive society for all by addressing the inherent injustices and biases that hinder and harm some people while benefiting others. Council has ranked EDI among the top priorities for the City’s work. Preliminary EDI initiatives have included a workshop led by the City’s Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee, a focus on accessible recreation programs, consultation with EDI experts and training for staff at all levels. The City will continue to provide updates as Coquitlam makes progress on this important initiative. Learn more at www.coquitlam.ca/edi.
Cultural Services Manager
City of Coquitlam