• Time & Location

    Canada Day, July 1, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., along the beautiful Gorge Waterway between Tillicum and Admirals Road. The length of Gorge Road West from Tillicum to Admirals will be closed to traffic from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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  • Features & Events

    Fun for the whole family, including the Canada Day Family Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Canada Day Show and Shine car show, Gorge on Art, multicultural food, voyageur canoe rides on the Gorge, Canada Day Artisan Market, Community Engagement displays, Craigflower School House open house, Strawberry Tea, street hockey, and kids' inflatables and activities.

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  • Featured Performers

    Great entertainment throughout the day on FOUR stages! The Main Stage performers in 2016 include The Bachands, Terry Brenan & Roger Plant, Cookeilidh, and more! You can catch Daniel Frances and friends at the Gorge on Art stage, local musicians busking their stuff at Busker's Corner, and fun and interactive entertainment on the Austin Family Stage.

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Gorge Canada Day Picnic

Join us for food, music, markets, and fun at the 19th annual Gorge Canada Day in 2017!

Beginning in 1999, the Gorge Tillicum Community Association has hosted the Gorge Canada Day Picnic along the beautiful Gorge Waterway Park in south Saanich. The event has now grown into one of the premier Canada Day celebrations in the Victoria area, drawing thousands of people to this popular and traffic-free family event.

About the Gorge Canada Day Picnic

The first Gorge Canada Day Picnic (GCDP) in 1999 came about through the vision and hard work of a small group of Gorge Tillicum Community Association (GTCA) volunteers. The key ideas were to have a day that Gorge residents could enjoy, traffic-free, along the Waterway and to build community through a popular celebration. We knew the Gorge had long been associated by older Victoria generations with fun and celebration, so we were just continuing a longstanding tradition.

With the support of Saanich municipality to close the road, we went about the job of filling up the 1.7km "stage" with fun, family-oriented events. And we were fortunate enough to get it right almost from the beginning — many of the events you see today began in the early years of the Gorge Canada Day Picnic and have maintained their popularity: the Family Parade; the Pancake Breakfast; the Canada Day Artisan Market; the Gorge Tillicum Canada Day Show and Shine car show; the kids' games and road hockey; and the Strawberry Tea at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club. more >

Gorge Canada Day Event Map

We've plotted event locations, food vendors, and facilities in a Google map so you can use your smartphone or tablet as a guide.

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Download the event programme!

The programme includes a map (event locations, food vendors, facilities, etc.) and complete event schedule. You can also use our online interactive map on your smartphone or tablet. A print-ready version of the event poster is also available.

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  • We are excited to confirm that Coastal Offroad Racing Victoria is attending again this year. This display is a crowd favourite! Watch these club owners race around their radio controlled cars on a track and obstacle course and see their cars whiz and jump! Catch them along Gorge Road near the bottom of Adelaide Street, near the Family Stage and just before the Gorge on Art zone.

  • Happy Canada 150! Planning for our July 1st bash is well under way. Looking forward to a fantastic 19th Gorge Canada Day Picnic in 2017!
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