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2011 BC Day Events in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia Day, observed on the first weekend of August, celebrates our beautiful Province - from mountains to ocean and to its symbols, the Steller's Jay (the Provincial Bird), the Pacific Dogwood (the Provincial Flower), Jade (the Provincial Mineral), the Western Red Cedar (the Provincial Tree) and the Provincial Tartan. Enjoy a three day weekend with lots of events and activities happening across Greater Vancouver from fireworks to festivals and parades which offer fun for the whole family! Have a great BC Day wherever you are in British Columbia!

Stellar's Jay - the Provincial Bird of British ColumbiaVANCOUVER
• CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS | July 30, 2011 (China); August 3, 2011 (Spain); August 6, 2011 (Canada) | 10:00pm | English Bay (across from First Beach), Vancouver (map) | Free | The Celebration of Light is Vancouver's premier summer event, drawing crowds of thousands along the shores of English Bay as fireworks light up the skies! Cheer on Team China (theme: China Storm), Team Spain (theme: Odyssey) and Team Canada (theme: Then and Now) as they dazzle spectators! | Website
• POWELL STREET FESTIVAL | July 30 - 31, 2011 | 11:30am - 7:00pm | Oppenheimer Park: 400 Powell Street, Vancouver (map) - other locations (link) | Free | Explore Japanese arts, culture and heritage at the 35th Annual Powell Street Festival with dance, music, film, arts, martial arts, amateur sumo, crafts, displays and lots of food! | Website
• VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL | July 31, 2011 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Parade Route (map); Festival: Sunset Beach, Vancouver (map) | Free | Watch Vancouver's biggest and best summer parade, the 33rd Annual Pride Parade! Enjoy colourful floats, spectacular costumes, musical marching bands and community groups! The party continues at the festival site with entertainment, booths and a beer garden! | Website
• FINNWEST | July 29 - 31, 2011 | July 29: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; July 30: 10:00am - 5:30pm; July 31: 10:00am - 5:00pm | Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre: 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­aby, British Columbia (map) | $10 - $70 (children under 12: free) (registration) | Celebrate Finnish culture, sports and history at the 72nd Annual Finnish Canadian Grand Festival including a wife carrying contest, kids activities, food, entertainment and more! | Website

Western Red Cedar - the Provincial Tree of British Columbia• BC DAY AT LONDSALE QUAY | August 1, 2011 | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Lonsdale Quay: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver (map) | Free | Celebrate BC Day at Lonsdale Quay with face painting, balloons, BC Flags and the Kyla Rawlyns Band. Explore the market and enjoy the festivities while celebrating British Columbia! | Website

• SPIRIT OF THE SEA FESTIVAL | July 29 - August 1, 2011 | Times Vary (link) | White Rock Museum: 14970 Marine Drive, White Rock (map) | Free | Feel the spirit at the 62nd Annual Spirit of the Sea Festival which includes a torchlight parade, entertainment, kids carnival, market, beach games and fireworks in beautiful White Rock! | Website

• BRIGADE DAYS AT FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE | July 30 - August 1, 2011 | 9:00am - 6:00pm | Fort Langley National Historic Site: 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley (map) | Free - $7.80 | Experience the excitement of Fort Langley during the mid-1800's with black powder salutes, reenactments, encampments and more! | Website
• BC RENAISSANCE FAIR | July 29 - August 1, 2011 | July 29: 12:00pm - 6:00pm; July 30 - August 1: 9:00am - 9:00pm | Thunderbird Show Park: 24550 72nd Avenue, Langley (map) (festival map) | $6 - $35 | Step into the Middle Ages at the castle gates of Stellar's Grove open to welcome British Columbia's lords and ladies for four days of jousting, knighting, pubsing, medieval games and rides, a market fair, food and drink and stop by the thrones to meet the King James of Scotland, his wife Margret Tudor and their court! Festival goers Dogwood - the Provincial Flower of British Columbiaare encouraged to come in costume. | Website

• ABBOTSFORD AGRIFAIR & RODEO | July 28 - August 1, 2011 | July 29-30: 10:00am - 10:00pm; July 31: 8:00am - 10:00pm; August 1: 10:00am - 5:00pm | Abbotsford Exhibition Park: 32444 Haida Drive, Abbotsford (map) | Free - $10 | Enjoy the festivities at the 101st Abbotsford Agrifair and Rodeo including a midway, animals, a rodeo, performances, entertainment and more! | Website
• BC DAY PIRATE PARTY AT KILBY HISTORIC SITE | August 1, 2011 | 11:00am - 5:00pm | Kilby Historic Site: 215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills (map) | Free - $9 | Walk the plank at Kilby Historic Site for the 2nd Annual Pirate Party! Come dressed up for a contest for the best pirate costume and enjoy crafts and activities, games and a Treasure Hunt. | Website

• SQUAMISH DAYS LOGGERS SPORTS FESTIVAL | July 28 - 31, 2011 | July 28: 7:00pm - 9:00pm; July 29: 3:00pm - 7:00pm; July 30: 9:30am - 9:00pm; July 31: 7:00am - 3:00pm | Various Locations, Squamish, British Columbia (map) (festival map) | Free - $15 | British Columbia's history is intertwined with its timber - come to Squamish to experience the unique pastime of Logger sports competitions along with chair carving, bed races and axe throwing, kids sports, a farmers market, the lumberjack stomp, festival and parade at the 54th Annual Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival! | Website

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