• Time & Location

    Canada Day, July 1, 2019, 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 2018 included West My Friend, Groove Kitchen, Dave Harris and more! You can catch an intimate performance at the Gorge on Art stage, local musicians busking their stuff at Busker's Corner, and fun and interactive entertainment at the Austin Family Theatre.

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Gorge Canada Day Picnic

Join us for food, music, markets, and fun at the 21st annual Gorge Canada Day in 2019!

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.

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 poster is also available if you'd like to help promote the event.

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  • What a great day! Thank-you to our sponsors, volunteers, and to our community! Catch it again next year for #21!

  • It's on! The grills are sizzling, the music is playing, and classic cars are shining! Come on down!

  • There have been hot years, there have been cloudy years. The weather is looking mixed sun and cloud tomorrow, but the event goes on rain or shine! Looking forward to welcoming everyone to our neighbourhood for 4 stages, 26 Food Vendors, nearly 90 market vendors, classic cars, and of course the Pancake Breakfast for only $3 with hot coffee for only $1 sponsored by Starbucks! We'll see you there.

  • The free Photo Booth returns! Amica at Saanich, one of our Presenting Sponsors, will be bringing back this popular free booth. Go capture the day with a silly photo of yourselves! The Photo Booth will be located in the Community Engagement area near the Main Stage on the Gorge & Admirals end of the event.

  • The Saanich Emergency Command vehicle will be on site to show off this impressive mobile unit. You'll find them up near the Admirals end of Gorge Road W. after the Parade and until Noon. Saanich Fire Department will be in this spot all day and showing a vintage tanker fire truck.

  • 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 Theatre and just before the Gorge on Art zone.

  • There are 67 Artisan Market Vendors pre-registered, also the Schoolhouse Market joins forces with us again this year to bring another 20 vendors to the green space beside the old Craigflower schoolhouse.

  • We've got 27 Food Vendors registered to serve you on the day! In addition to our pancake breakfast and Strawberry Tea features, you'll find a wide variety of Food Vendors to keep you going on the day. We're very pleased to have, are you ready for it...Ali Baba Pizza, Amrikko's East Indian Cuisine, Bake My Day, Bite Me Cookie Company, Brady's Fish & Chips, Donut Delights, Enerchi Kombucha, Greek on the Street, Indecent Risotto, Jeff & Martha's Delectables, Judy's Snack Shack, Kukus Indian Cuisine, Langos by Louie, Lemon Heaven, Mai Mai's Streamline, Maple Cloud Company, Mr. Tube Steak, Optimist Club of Victoria, Road Treasure Treats (Ice Cream Bus), Salt Spring Island Fruitsicles, Snow Storm Shaved Ice, Softies Ice Cream, Tamales Don Carlos, Taste of Germany, Unplugged Foodie, Vinny's Gourmet Dogs, and Wild West Salmon Burgers...phew, there will be a test later : )

  • We are excited to announce one of our featured headliners on the Main Stage this year will be West My Friend! We are so excited to have them back, they graced our stage in 2013. West my Friend is currently on their 2018 Quiet Hum Tour, currently in Europe. This summer they will be at the Filberg Festival in Comox, but we get them here first on Canada Day. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend has an acoustic blend of instruments and three-part harmonies. The band features pure and thrillingly elastic vocals with catchy arrangements of guitar, mandolin, and accordion that draw from jazz, classical, folk, and pop influences.

  • Here we go, we've just updated the website, and it is time to start planning! Last year was Canada 150, but 2018 is the 20th Gorge Canada Day Picnic! Plan to be there on Sunday July 1, 2018!
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