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Canada Day in the Comox Valley is partially funded by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada

Canada Day in Courtenay, Friday July 1, 2016 is a celebration honoring our country’s 149th birthday.

This is one of the Comox Valley’s premier yearly events and it is all free. Courtenay is the place to be on Canada Day!

The 2016 parade theme is “Part of the Family”, Courtenay – A Welcoming Community. Check back a couple of days before the parade for the marshaling order.

Media Releases:

April 13, 2016: New Start Time for Canada Day Parade

Courtenay’s July 1st Canada Day preparations are well underway and the organizing committee has announced that this year’s parade will start a half hour earlier than usual at 10:00 a.m., with the 5th St mile foot race going at 9:30. This will not affect the timing of the Ducky 500 or other popular aspects of the annual celebration of our nation’s birthday but, along with efforts to tighten up the progress of the parade, the earlier start is designed to give people more time to enjoy the rest of the day.

The July 1st volunteer committee, chaired by Edwin Grieve, is inviting everyone to “be a part of the family in Courtenay’s welcoming community”. The theme reflects our multi-cultural and First Nations heritage as well as recognition for the influx of refugees coming to Canada this year.

Residents and visitors alike can anticipate popular features like the Battle of the Bands at Simms Park on June 26 and “The Nite Before” on June 30th, this year featuring our Multicultural Communities. The Tea Dance at the Native Son’s Hall will again take place the afternoon of Canada Day, with the Variety Show at the Sid also set for 7-9 pm July 1st.

Lewis Park activities will be in full swing as usual and food booth applicants are encouraged to apply at City Hall prior to the May 20th deadline to receive the $50 early bird discount. A full program of activities will be published in June.

There is always a need for more volunteers to help with this event and those interested are invited to contact Edwin Grieve at or Marian Holland at