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15 years and counting.
In 2000, during the Millennium Year, Coquitlam hosted a successful Canada Day at Mackin Park. In 2009, the second Canada Day celebration took place at Town Centre Park. Since 2009, a Canada Day in-person event has been held annually in Coquitlam with the exception of 2020 when the event was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 event was held as a physically distant drive-through at Douglas College and also featured online programming. In 2022, the community was welcomed back to Town Centre Park for an in-person event
Approximately 85,000 people attended the Coquitlam Canada Day celebration in 2022 at Town Centre Park. It is estimated that 30,000 watched the fireworks.
On July 1st, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm First Nation celebrates "kʷikʷəƛ̓əm šxwəlməxwaʔɬ təməxw" ("This is our land!"), also known as kʷikʷəƛ̓əm Day, which commemorates the passing of the Land Code in July 2020. This celebration honours the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm people and their accomplishments in reclaiming their lands and protecting it as stewards of the lands and waters for generations to come. The Nation is holding a community celebration and the City of Coquitlam Council has been invited and is honoured to attend this celebration on the morning of July 1. Links to more information about "kʷikʷəƛ̓əm šxwəlməxwaʔɬ təməxw" are available on the City website.
In recent years, we have made changes to Coquitlam’s Canada Day event to ensure it is inclusive and sensitive to diverse perspectives.
While the event can be a celebration for many, we also acknowledge that it can be a trigger for some. We recognize the importance of creating a safe and inclusive event for all members of our community and continue to be committed to creating an environment that fosters understanding and healing. To achieve this, we include opportunities for education on Indigenous history and information on support resources at the event.
We encourage residents to reflect on Canada's history, colonialism and the impact of colonial policies on Indigenous peoples as we strive to learn and do better in the future. Online educational and support resources will be available pre, during and post event to further support this goal.
All waste stations onsite have a 4-stream diversion. After the waste is collected, a supplier will sort through each piece of waste to divert as much away from landfill as possible.
All food vendors onsite will provide eco-friendly packaging to assist with reducing landfill waste.
We encourage event participants to car pool, use transit or walk to the event site where possible.
The following features of the event support accessibility:
In addition to the $186,000 base operating budget available for this event, Council approved $180,000 from the Sponsorship Reserve to deliver an event with an equivalent scale to the 2022 event. The Sponsorship Reserve is replenished each year through corporate sponsorships. Close to 60% of costs to deliver the 2023 Canada Day in Coquitlam will be covered from corporate sponsorship revenue, federal and provincial grants.
This year’s sponsors include the following:
To be a sponsor next year, please email our Corporate Partners team.
There will be approximately 15 local and regional businesses onsite. For a current listing see coquitlam.ca/CanadaDay.
To be a vendor next year, please email our Festivals and Events team.
This year’s Canada Day will feature two stages of entertainment.
Yes all the performers are paid to perform at Canada Day.