Celebrating Canada day in the seaside town of Chemainus is the perfect choice for young families. Tons of FREE activities! Small town Vancouver Island at its best.
It’s quickly approaching! The day we Canadians wear as much red and white as possible and celebrate being a great country.
There are many ways to celebrate and plenty of places to go. With a young family, we highly recommend the small, seaside town of Chemainus for your Canada Day festivities.
Located in the town’s wagon wheel park, this celebration really has all you need to have a fantastic Canada day outing.
Celebrating Canada Day in Chemainus offers many FREE activities for you and your family. The Traveling Islander kids quite love the free pony rides that came from Tiger Lily Farm. The line may seem long, but it moves quickly. But have no fear, if you don’t like waiting, just do what we did and send one adult to get free ice cream cones while the other waits in line with a child.
Yep, that’s right, FREE cones for everyone!
The ponies aren’t the only animals at the Chemainus Canada Day Festival. In a small fenced off area, Tiger Lily Farm also brings bunnies, baby goats, a calf, chicks, and sheep. My animal-loving daughter simply plops herself down on a bale of hay and waits patiently for the goats to climb all around her. It’s like her own personal animal heaven.
Around the wooden play area in the park sits an arts and crafts section where kids can paint, bead, and colour while local folk bands play on the stage nearby. Some people clap, some children dance, and all enjoy the sounds of the local musicians.
No Canada Day celebration would be complete without the support and presence of our fire department and RCMP officers. My boys climbed in the fire trucks, pretending to drive and even got to suit up in full fire emergency gear. Their dreams came true right before my eyes.
If you get hungry and want more than ice cream or cotton candy, there are a couple local businesses selling pizza and hot dogs. You can also bring a picnic lunch like we did and find a grassy spot in the corner to eat.
All the festivities are FREE from 11am-3pm on July 1. It really is a great way to enjoy a small community event.
So if you like small town Canada Day celebrations then the quaint seaside town of Chemainus is just the spot for your young family. Who knows we might see you there!
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