Summit Lodge’s Guide to Canada Day 150 in Whistler

You may have noticed that 2017 is a very special year for Canada. It just so happens to be our 150th birthday! From mountain-top activities to sunset orchestral performances, here’s our pick of the must-do things happening on Canada Day in Whistler.

A Quick History of Canada Day

July 1st is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867 the day that the Constitution Act united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire. Oh Canada!

Related post, Canada Day July 1st: a brief history of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Saturday, July 1st – Canada Day

1. Grab 1 of 150 free sightseeing tickets

Hikers enjoying the stunning views at Blackcomb Lake

Whistler Blackcomb has teamed up with CIBC to give away 150 free sightseeing tickets on Canada Day. Tickets will be given away to the first 150 people at the base of Whistler Mountain at on July 1st.

Time: 12.30pm
Location: Olympic Plaza, Whistler Village

2. Free Concert by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Olympic Plaza

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Whistler

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to Whistler for a special Canada 150 performance. Grab your picnic basket, blanket and a spot on The Great Lawn for one of Whistler’s most anticipated shows of the year. Remember to get there early if you want a place on the lawn, VSO draws a huge crowd and the venue fills up fast!

Time: 8.30pm
Location: Olympic Plaza, Whistler Village

3. VSO Institute at Whistler students performance at the Roundhouse

Did you know Whistler is home to Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute? Students from the VSO Institue in Whistler will be performing a special Canada Day concert of chamber music at the top of Whistler Mountain.

Time: 2pm
Location: Roundhouse Lodge, Whistler Mountain

4. “Stand For Canada” video viewing

Visit the CIBC #StandForCanada sign atop Whistler Mountain for a special viewing of their Canada 150 video.

Time: 2.10pm
Location: near Roundhouse Lodge, Whistler Mountain

5. Whistler’s Canada Day Parade

Canada Day Celebrations in Whistler Village

Whistler is known for celebrating Canada Day for an entire week. Street entertainment, special events and free concerts – it’s a party no matter where you’re from and this year it’s Canada 150 so it will be extra special!

The parade route will start from Day Lot 3 to turn right onto Blackcomb Way. It will enter the village stroll (left) via the Olympic Plaza crosswalk, then continue past the rings and all the way up the village stroll to end at Springs Lane. Vehicle floats continue straight through Springs Lane and onto Whistler Way.

Time: 12pm
Location: Whistler Village

Sunday, July 2nd

1. Hunters and Gatherers: A First Nations Feast

Enjoy a delicious indigenous, First Nations Feast complete with a cultural presentation by a world renowned performance team. Accompany a Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre tour guide through the museum to discover stories of the hunters and gatherers who traditionally inhabited the sea to sky territory. Admission for tour & dinner is available for $65 for adults, $25 for children ages 6 – 12.

Time: 6pm
Location: Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

2. VSO Institute at Whistler Chamber Concert

Music everywhere! On your way to the Whistler Farmers Market stop by the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre for a very special chamber music concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Whistler Institute students.

Time: 11am
Location: Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

3. Whistler Farmers Market in the Upper Village Stroll at Blackcomb

Whistler Farmers Market

photo: Tourism Whistler / Chad Chomlack

A feast for your senses, the Whistler Farmers’ Market features local produce, tasty food, local artisans, live entertainment and family activities along the beautiful Upper Village Stroll. Markets happen Sunday through summer and Wednesday evenings in July and August.

Time: 10am
Location: Whistler’s Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb