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Canada Day in Chilliwack will see nighttime drone show

Folks can take in free entertainment, activities all day long throughout Chilliwack and surrounding area
Thousands of people came out to the Canada Day celebrations at Townsend Park in Chilliwack on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Chilliwack's first-ever drone show will cap off the Canada Day celebrations, replacing fireworks that have been a huge attraction at previous July 1 festivities.

“Canada Day in Chilliwack is always a great time for the whole family,” said Mayor Ken Popove. “There are plenty of activities for all ages this year, and I look forward to watching Chilliwack’s first drone show on July 1 with everyone at Exhibition field.”

But before the LED light show where dozens of lit drones will move through the night sky, there will be heaps of other activities and attractions throughout Chilliwack and the surrounding area.

Things kick off on Monday, July 1 with two pancake breakfasts. The one hosted by Sardis Kiwanis runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Evergreen Hall (9291 Corbould St.), and the cost is $5 per person.

The Chilliwack Fire Department is hosting its annual Canada Day pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hall 1 (45950 Cheam Ave.). The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs and sausage, and is by-donation (minimum $5) with all proceeds going to the Chilliwack Firefighters Charitable Society. At the fire hall, people will be able to check out fire trucks, test out fire hoses and more.

The City of Chilliwack has announced the following free daytime activities:

  • free skating at the Chilliwack Coliseum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (skate rentals available), and at Sardis Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($5 skate rentals)
  • free swimming at the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre and at Cheam Leisure Centre, both from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • free family-friendly movies at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas from noon to 4 p.m. (first come, first served; check Cottonwood 4 Cinemas for show times)
  • free admission to the Chilliwack Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see 'Refuge Canada,' a travelling exhibition created by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The evening entertainment put on by the city will be at a new location this year. Starting at 5 p.m. and going until 10:30 p.m., The Landing (9145 Corbould St.) will be filled with live music, family-friendly activities, food trucks, a kids' zone, community booths and more. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by Trevor McDonald, the live entertainment schedule includes: Jazz Bandits (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Claim Jumpers (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), Retrobot (7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.), and Fleetwood Magic (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. People are asked to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on the turf to watch the entertainment. Seating in the stands will also be available. Schedules are subject to change.

The evening drone show will be put on by Pixel Sky Animations of Vancouver and is scheduled to start between 10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. The show will feature upwards of 180 drones and will be approximately 15 minutes long. The best view will be from the turf field and the grandstands at Exhibition field.

Fun will be happening in the Fraser Valley Regional District as well.

Up in the Columbia Valley, folks can celebrate 'Canada Day in the Valley' from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is at Columbia Valley Community Hall (1202 Kosikar Rd.) and features a parade at 11 a.m., the 20th annual soapbox derby at 1 p.m., plus outdoor games, food, and other entertainment. People are asked to RSVP to Canada Day in the Valley at

And the Chilliwack River Valley Firefighters Society is having a Canada Day barbecue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department (48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd.) where there will be hot dogs, pop and freezies.

Canada Day in Chilliwack is funded in part by the Government of Canada. For more information and up-to-date schedules, visit

A kid takes part in a Canada Day soapbox derby race in Columbia Valley on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A kid takes part in a Canada Day soapbox derby race in Columbia Valley on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)


Jenna Hauck

About the Author: Jenna Hauck

I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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