“When you feel neglected, think of the female salmon, who lays 3,000,000 eggs but no one remembers her on Mother’s Day.” -Sam Ewing
Since 1945 the village has hosted the annual Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the rich heritage of the community. More than 70,000 people come from Richmond and Metro Vancouver to spend Canada Day in Steveston. The festival begins at 10:00 AM with a parade of more than 100 entries including celebrities, community groups, floats, marching bands, politicians, vintage vehicles and much more.
The Opening Ceremonies are held at noon on the main stage with dignitaries, speeches and the singing of O Canada. After the official opening, entertainers take to the stage. Festival highlights include an art show and exhibit, a carnival, children’s festival, craft fair, food fair, Japanese cultural show, martial arts demonstrations, a trade show, and youth rock fest. The main attraction is the salmon barbecue where more than 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.