Features & Events

  • Canada Day Family Parade (9:00am)

    Starts at 9 a.m. near the Gorge and Tillicum intersection. Believe it or not, the Queen and Princess Kate will be in the 2017 parade riding in an Ascot Limousine! Come down between 8:30 and 9 a.m. to join the firetruck and police cars in the parade with your family. Kids often decorate their bicycles with flags and wear red! The route is along Gorge Rd, ending at Admirals Rd and the Pancake Breakfast! map >
  • Pancake Breakfast (8:30am to 11am)

    The pancake breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. at Craigflower-Kosapsom Park, on the Admirals end of Gorge Road, and runs until 11 a.m. Plate of pancakes for $3. Starbucks Coffee for $1. This is a very popular event and we regret if not everyone gets served, but note that most of our food vendor trucks and carts are open early too! map >

  • Artisan Market (9am to 4pm)

    Local and regional artisans selling handmade cards, natural soaps and body products, unique clothing, jewelry and accessories, household products, preserves and fudge, and much more. map >
  • Gorge on Art (9am to 4pm)

    Professional and emerging visual artists exhibit their work along the scenic Gorge Waterway. See paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, watercolours, jewellery and textiles, and meet and discuss the artists' work. map >
  • Gorge Tillicum Canada Day Show & Shine car show (9am to 4pm)

    The car show is an extremely popular attraction, get there early to beat the crowds! There's always a good mix of classic, vintage, or customized cars to admire, including European and domestic, hot rods, muscle cars, and race cars all shined up with their owners waiting to tell you all about them! map >
  • Multicultural Food Vendors (9am to 4pm)

    Enjoy the many sweet and savory food and beverage vendors at the Canada Day Picnic. There will be over 25 Food Vendors in 2017 including mexican, gourmet pizza, fish & chips, smokies & hotdogs, Greek, burgers, fresh squeeze lemonade, mini-doughnuts, langos, ice cream, fruitsicles, shaved ice, baked goods, and cotton candy. map >
  • BC Transit Display (9am to 4pm)

    BC Transit is bringing along one of their new smaller busses for you to check out. They are also recruiting! Interested in a career as a Transit Operator? Come for a chat!map >
  • Craigflower School House (9am to 4pm)

    The Hallmark Heritage Society will be opening the old one-room schoolhouse to the public. The Schoolhouse, at Admirals and Gorge Rd W., just behind the main entertainment stage, was the first school house in Victoria. For 2017 and Canada 150, there will be a "History of Canada Day" display.map >
  • Strawberry Tea (1:30pm to 3:30pm)

    The delicious Strawberry Tea is Set in the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club building. Fresh strawberries on cake are served with tea, coffee, or juice for still just $3 per person. Enjoy a break and an excellent Gorge waterway view from an historic house! map >
  • Saanich Fire Dept Display (9am to 3pm)

    Saanich Fire Dept will be participating in the parade at 9am and then displaying Fire Prevention information at their tent, showing off one of their fire trucks, and letting you check out their huge Emergency Command vehicle.map >
  • GTCA Tent (All day)

    Meet your community association board members at the GTCA tent located in Craigflower-Kosapsom Park. The tent serves as an information booth, the Lost & Found, and the Picnic headquarters control centre. You can also sign up for or renew your membership for 2017. map >
  • Canoe Rides (10am to 3pm)

    Canoe rides offered by the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club along the historic Gorge Waterway. Paddle in a voyageur canoe along the waters that were plied by the First Nations of the area. Rides are $2 and start at Craigflower-Kosapsum Park beach, which was a traditional summer home of local First Nations. map >
  • Kids' Activities (10am to 3pm)

    Plenty of fun activities for the kids, including games, road hockey, bouncy castles and face painting. map >
  • Great Music & Entertainment (10am to 4pm)

    Starting right after the opening ceremony on the main stage and throughout the day at the other 3 stages. map >

Street Food

Here's a list of the registered 2017 Food Vendors you can expect to see on the day. Check out the food zones on our interactive map which shows vendors and locations for this year's event.

  • Amrikkos East Indian Cuisine
  • Bake My Day Gluten-Free
  • Bite Me Cookie Company
  • Brady's Fish & Chips
  • Donut Delights
  • Enerchi Kombucha
  • Flaming June - Bad Ass Vegan Cuisine
  • Greek on the Street
  • Judy's Snack Shack
  • Kuku's Indian Cuisine
  • Langos by Louie
  • Lemon Heaven
  • Mai Mai's Streamline
  • Maple Cloud Company
  • Mr. Cool Ice Cream
  • Mr. Tube Steak
  • Optimist Club
  • Red Wagon Espresso
  • Road Treasure Treats Ice Cream Bus
  • Salt Spring Island Fruitsicles
  • Snow Storm Shaved Ice
  • Softies Ice Cream
  • Tamales Don Carlos Mexican
  • Taste of Germany
  • Unplugged Foodie
  • Vinny's Gourmet Dogs
  • Wild West Salmon Burgers

Download the 2017 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.


Main Stage 2017

Gorge on Art Stage 2017

Family Theatre 2017

Busker's Corner 2017

  • Check out great local talent at this drop-in stage located in the kid's playground near the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club at the Tillicum Rd. end.
    11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m