O Canada! Where to Celebrate Canada Day


This Friday, don your red & white and get ready to celebrate Canada Day.  Whether you’re planning small family festivities or taking part in one of Canada’s largest celebration, Metro Vancouver has plenty of options to celebration Canada Day.

Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day at Canada Place: 10am – 6pm Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
Western Canada’s largest celebrations feature the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Expo 86 memorabilia, plus the Canada Day Concert with Aaron Pritchett, Sheena Easton, Barney Bentall, Bear Mountain, and more.

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (north east), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: 10am – 6pm Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Friday.  First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more. 

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
Spend Canada Day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Japanese Taiko Drummers, Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band, Acadamie Duello, Parade and Cupcakes.

Canada Day at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with performances, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family plus “pick a box” silent auction.

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Stawberry Tea, Science World Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage headlined by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, wrapping up the day with Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm



Preston’s Canadian Inspired Menu

Preston’s Restaurant in the Coast Coal Harbour in Vancouver kicked off its Canadian Inspired Comfort Food menu with a fun tasting on Wednesday evening.

A tasting tour across the country welcomed guest to give a hint of what’s in store for the menu. Greeting at the door by a Caesar with Molson Canadian for a uniquely Canadian cocktail.  Maple popcorn and Ketchup Chips sat alongside games like Jenga and Uno to give the room a homey feel and add to the camaraderie of the evening. Starting in the Pacific, West Coast oysters and Nanaimo Bars were paired with Granville Island ales. Crossing the Rockies, to the Prairies for flat iron Bison accompanied by Perogies topped with creme fraiche. A stop at Le Belle Province proved popular for many as traditional Poutine (with vegetarian gravy) and smoked meat were on order. Wrapping up the cross-Canada adventure, seafood from the Maritimes was a must in any Canadian menu. Tasty Atlantic Lobster Rolls and rich seafood chowder topped off the tasting.

If the bites and excitement were any judge, patrons will indeed find Canadian Inspired Comfort at Preston’s on their next and return visits.

Preston’s has locations in Vancouver, Chilliwack and Kamloops. The Vancouver location is at 1177 West Pender Street (level 2 of the Coast Coal Harbour) Open from 0630 daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Find Preston’s on Twitter @DinePrestons and Facebook.com/dinePrestons


Vancouver Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place
Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

This evening the city will explode with the sounds and colours of the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show as Canada Day celebration come to a close.
In recognition of a national holiday that represents the inclusiveness of Canada, the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Society has the goal to produce a spectacular fireworks show for all the Burrard Inlet communities; Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver all get to participate in viewing the spectacle.  With two barges, near Canada Place and Dundarave Pier, will be blasting off for the night. Spectators will ring Burrard Inlet to watch the sky light up, some of the prime viewing spots are Lonsdale Quay, Ambleside Park, Coal Harbour, Portside Park, Kitsalano, Stanley Park and of course Canada Place. Fireworks sponsor, Port Metro Vancouver has prime seats available on the pier at Canada Place for just $10 per person

If you can’t be around Burrard Inlet, there are many other Canada Day fireworks displays around Metro Vancouver;

Steveston Salmon Festival at Garry Point Park
Surrey at Cloverdale Millenium AmphitheatreWhite Rock over the beach
New Westminster along the riverfront
Abbotsford at the Exhibition Park
Langley at McLeod Athletic Park

As the forecast is for clear, hot weather it will be a perfect night to celebrate Canada Day and all Canadians together.

Happy Canada Day!

De Dutch Pannekoek House at Vancouver Convention Centre West

De Dutch has a welcoming new-look interior


The latest addition to the Burrard Landing SeaWall along the new Vancouver Convention Centre West brings something new to the area…breakfast. De Dutch Pannekoek House has been a Vancouver favourite for years and this latest restaurant is a stand out.  The new interior design is modern and bright, if the floor to ceiling windows don’t allow enough light, the orange and yellow interior will certainly brighten your day.  The large patio across the front of the restaurant, with seating for about 2 dozen, offers a great vista across Burrard Inlet to the North Shore and Mountains.

The large menu boasts a wide array of selections for breakfast and lunch, from the traditional omlettes, pannekoeken*, and eggs benedicts to burgers, sandwiches and salads. Many healthy options are alongside the familiar comfort foods.  Perfect for getting friends together for a leisurely weekend brunch with a mimosa or caesar but also for a quick and easy business meeting away from the crowds at your convention. This location also boasts a small private room capable of seating about a dozen, that can be used for a group or business meeting.

New creative menu options: Chicken, Pear & Brie Sandwich
Menu Favourites, like Hash Pannenkoek

With the Vancouver Convention Centre, Harbour Flight Centre and Coal Harbour residences on the doorstep, De Dutch is poised to become the go-to location for breakfast, brunch and lunch for busy conventioneers, travellers and locals looking for a good meal at a good price at a great location.
De Dutch Pannekoek House – Vancouver Convention Centre is located on the Seawall, down the steps from Jack Poole Plaza, open 7am – 4pm, 7 days per week. Phone 604.647.7530

Say hello to “Opa” if you see him

*The Pannekoeken
The Dutch pancake, with a circumference of 37” and a diameter of 12”, it can be cut into 113 square inch bites. Its simplicity lets you try new flavours with the comforts of home in every bite

Tableau Bar Bistro

Located within the luxurious Loden Hotel, Tableau Bar Bistro is Coal Harbour’s neighbourhood restaurant. Chef Marc-Andre Choquette has created a play on the traditional French Bistro for the West Coast. Using old world technique with new world local ingredients the Chef and his team have made a comforting and welcoming room. Judging from the number of familiar greetings the patrons and staff exchanged on my visit, Tableau has its share of regulars.


 This visit on a Thursday evening saw the restaurant almost fully booked, groups of friends, families and couples in casual to after work business attire all seemed equally at home. Our attentive server greeted us warmly and soon brought our first drink, a non-alcoholic Ceylon Orange Fizz, Ceylon tea, orange juice, agave nectar and club soda. Starter for both my companion and I was soup, the daily special – Cream of Mushroom for me, was a thick and rich mushroom broth with many meaty chunks of fresh mushrooms. My friend’s French Onion soup was a light onion filled broth topped with thick croutons and cheese baked to perfection.20111216-001636.jpg
Each day of the week offers a different daily special, Thursday’s Lamb Shank and Risotto looked like a popular choice from the number of dishes on tables around. It looked too good to pass up and happily it lived up to the anticipation. A large shank of braised lamb was served upon a bed of bright and creamy carrot risotto. The fall-off-the-bone meat didn’t require a knife as the fork shredded it easily. 20111216-001651.jpgI had to slow down and take my time to savour it as it went down so easily. The thick and creamy risotto had just the right texture and bite, the al dente carrots adding a lightness and crunch to contrast with the moist and soft lamb. With a glass of wine from the lengthy wine list, the two ample courses meant there was no room for a third but from what we could see on tables nearby, desserts looked equally tasty as our soup and entree. I guess that means another visit is in order to sample more of the menu…I’m looking forward to it.