Surrey is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the q̓icə̓ y̓ (Katzie), q̓wɑ:n̓ƛən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based nations.
Western Canada’s biggest Canada Day festival has a lot going on! Whether you’ve got a junior Canuck, or you’ve celebrated many a Canada Day in your time, there’s a little something for everyone.
Head to Surrey’s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre to experience a day full of free, family-friendly entertainment, amusement rides, exhibitor booths, an Indigenous Village, food trucks and a spectacular fireworks finale.
Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing music, education, entertainment, and the cultural practices of many Indigenous, local and multicultural artists. July 1 is a day to reflect on the wrongs of the past in order to chart a new and better path forward. Together, we can work towards reconciliation and a more equitable society for all and everyone is invited to come together to reflect, experience diverse cultural expression, and create hope for the future.
Surrey Canada Day features an expanded Indigenous Village, featuring the Siam Stage, meaning “Respected Ones” in Coast Salish languages. The Siam Stage will showcase Indigenous cultural sharing from the Semiahmoo First Nation, and “Sharing Circles” to learn from Indigenous educators and healers through workshops and storytelling in a 30-foot Teepee. There will also be an Indigenous marketplace where you can browse and purchase from local artisans and small businesses.
Arguably one of the biggest crowd-pleasers at this annual event are the amazing Canadian performers who hit the main stage throughout the day. The event is stacked with chart-topping, award-winning performers including 2023 headliners, Broken Social Scene, two-time nominees of the Polaris Music Prize, and two-time winners at the Juno Awards. Also on the bill is PIQSIQ, an Indigenous duo, who also happen to be sisters, performing the beautiful Inuit art of throat singing. Other highlights include fellow Juno Award winners Crown Lands, an acclaimed progressive-rock duo, and Neon Dreams, a celebrated alt-pop duo, both named Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2021 and 2020 respectively. Almost every genre of music will be represented on the day, from country, Latin, hip hop, R & B, South Asian, soul or reggae to Indigenous Dancers, the Kwel Eng Sen Dancers and Bollywood performer, Karishma Deo, no matter what genre you lean towards, your new favourite artist will be hitting the stage.
Thrill-seekers and future dare-devils will have a BLAST on the Shooting Star Amusement Rides with fan-favourites like the Zipper, Lightning Bolt, the Ferris Wheel and Kids Pirate Ship. And the Kid’s Zone will delight the littles with fun musical performances, Indigenous storytelling, circus performers, games and crafts.
But, we all know that one of the best parts of any festival is the array of food options, and Surrey Canada Day doesn’t disappoint. Not only can you celebrate your Canadian pride by eating all the poutine you can handle, but there’s also a diverse selection of food to taste from around the world, like Jamaican Jerk Chicken from Jamaican Mi Juicy, hotdogs with a Japanese twist from Japa Dog, and pierogies from Hunky Bill’s. And it wouldn’t be a festival without mini doughnuts and hurricane potatoes!
The day wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show at 10:15 pm.