Port Coquitlam’s Canada Day Returns to Castle Park with a Picnic in the Park
Port Coquitlam, BC, May 26, 2022. . . Port Coquitlam’s annual Canada Day event returns and everyone is invited to come together for a picnic in the park with headliner Barney Bentall and son Dustin Bentall and fireworks at Castle Park.
Bring your family and friends, grab your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy family friendly games and festivities, beer garden, food trucks and more. This year’s plans include greetings from Mayor Brad West and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation Chief Ed Hall.
The featured line up for Port Coquitlam’s Canada Day event features JUNO award-winning artist Barney Bentall, pop/rock singer-songwriter most well-known for his 1990s-era band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, taking the stage alongside his son Dustin Bentall – a rustic troubadour, counter-culture cowboy, and a purveyor in the finest of cosmic Canadiana.
JUNO award-winner artist Barney Bentall, pop/rock singer-songwriter who is most well-known for his 1990s-era band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, will take the stage alongside with his son Dustin Bentall – a rustic troubadour, counter-culture cowboy, and a purveyor in the finest of cosmic Canadiana.
“We’re very excited that our signature Canada Day event in Castle Park is back after two years of being virtual due to the pandemic. We’re looking forward to coming together to connect, engage and show our diverse community pride,” Mayor Brad West said. “We welcome everyone to join us for a great afternoon of fun activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.”
The day kicks off with Lions Club pancake breakfast and fishing derby at Lions Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fishing derby is sponsored by Meridian RV and free for kids under 10 years of age. No registration required.
The fun continues from 3 p.m. to dusk at Castle Park with live entertainment, food, beverages and the Grand Finale Fireworks – a full afternoon and evening of free family fun.
The City also encourages local residents and families to learn about Canada’s history by reflecting on the past and celebrating the contributions of Indigenous communities and the Indigenous people. Educational resources are available at portcoquitlam.ca/canadaday.
“It will be great to welcome the community back to the parks for Canada Day.” said Cllr. Nancy McCurrach, the Council designate for arts, culture and heritage. “It will be a great day for all ages on July 1 – activities and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.”
Highlights will include:
Lions Park 8 to 11 a.m.
- Lions Club pancake breakfast
- Fishing Derby
Castle Park 3pm to dusk
- Food vendors and beverage garden
- Live entertainment
- Bring a blanket to enjoy the music acts leading up to the fireworks and main stage act featuring Barney Bentall and son Dustin Bentall
- Dusk: Grand finale pyro musical
Families are encouraged to visit local businesses to fill their picnic baskets. The Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (PoCo BIA) have a list of food vendors on their website at downtownpocobia.com.
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Funded in part by the Government of Canada. Financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.
Watch portcoquitlam.ca/canadaday for more updates.
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Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam