Courtenay is the place to be on Canada Day

Canada Day in Courtenay, Wednesday July 1, 2015 is a celebration honoring our country's 148th birthday.

It is also special as Courtenay will be 100 years old!

The party will take place over many days!,


Canada Day Festivities

This is one of the Comox Valley's premier yearly events and it is all free!

Canada Day in the Comox Valley is partially funded by the Government of Canada.

Ce projet est finance (en Partie) par le gouvernernment du Canada.

Canada Day Celebration in the Comox Valley is one of the biggest celebrations of the year for free entertainment.  The Comox Valley is home to many talented musicians and artistic groups, many of whom will be sharing their talents with you during the many days of the celebration in Courtenay.


Transit Information
Comox Valley Transit is offering a Canada Day Special! Ride for $1.00 on Canada Day
Take the bus to downtown Courtenay for the celebrations and to the many beaches, rivers and fun destinations on the Comox Valley Transit routes.Route changes are in effect while the 5th Street Bridge is closed for Canada Day festivities. Find out more:



Battle of the Bands, Held in Simm's Park, is an event that features talented young musicians aged 19 years and under.  Last season, eight bands competed for the title "Winner of the Battle of the Bands 2014". We are looking for a good turn out again this year, and hope you will enjoy the great talent in the Valley..

The event sponsors are:

Courtenay Recreation, Dove Creek Recording Studios, Long and McQuade Musical Instruments and local radio Jet fm.

If you know teenage musicians,encourage them to put a band together and enter this event.  This is a great opportunity for young musicians!  Applications can be downloaded from this web site, hard copies are available at Long and McQuade Musical Instruments at 1170 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay City Hall (reception area) 830 Cliffe Avenue and at Jet fm radio (or downloaded from their web address).

June 30th   7 - 11pm Make your way to Simm's Park and enjoy the open air NIGHT BEFORE CONCERT. This will be an action packed night of live powerful music!

JULY 1st   all day from 7am- 10:30pm  Canada Day

7:00-10:00am. Start the day off with the Kin Club's Pancake Breakfast at Simm's Park. Get a delicious stack of pancakes for just $6.00.It's a a chance to support the Kinsmen and start the day off with a treat!

Then if you like to run, why not enter the One Mile Fun Run. The route is a slightly sloped run down 5th Street finishing at Simm's Park.  You must enter at 9am at Woods Avenue and 5th Street junction.  There is no entry fee and the whole family is encouraged to enter.  The race starts at 10am,every runner will get his exact time and there are prizes to be won as well.

For the kids, the BIKE DECORATED CONTEST at Lake Trail School.  All kids must come with their bike decorated. The judges give cash prizes to the contestants in all age groups. The kids then lead off the Grande Parade at 10:00.  Another annual event for the kids happens at 3pm in Lewis Park when kids get a chance to take home a brand new bike and helmet if they have the winning ticket.

10:00am marks the start of  the Grande Parade which travels from Lake Trail School and continues down 5th Street, then over the bridge finishing at the CRA in Lewis Park.  Edwin Grieve is the Parade Marshall.

After the parade walk down to Simm's Park where the Upper Island Women of Native Ancesty will be giving out free lemonade to refresh you.  Then Come over to Lewis Park near the Stage for Opening Ceremonies and the big Costco Birthday cake will be served.

The day keeps getting better in  Courtenay-fun for the kids and entertainment all day.with many of our artists sharing their music with you. Venues in Simm's Park, Lewis Park, the Courtenay Museum, the Native Son's Hall and the Sid Williams Theatre.

At 7pm  Canada's Birthday Finale "Celebrate Canada Variety Show" will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre.  This show is produced by Marlene Oolo and is a variety concert with incredible dance and musical acts highlighting a multicultural theme.  The event is free admission, donations of food or money will be graciously accepted for the food bank.