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Barney Bentall and son, Dustin, headline Port Coquitlam's Canada Day

Port Coquitlam is bringing back Canada Day this year with a pancake breakfast at Lions Park and fireworks in the evening at Castle Park.
[From left to right] Barney Bentall onstage with his son Dustin and Matt Masters. | File photo

Canada Day celebrations are back in Port Coquitlam with a strong line up of entertainment, food and fireworks.

The city has announced the details of the big party celebrating Canada's 155th birthday.

Residents are encouraged to bring family and friends, beach chairs and blankets to enjoy family friendly games and festivities, a beer garden, food trucks and more.

This year’s plans include greetings kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation Chief Ed Hall and Mayor Brad West.

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, the Legendary Hearts, and he's also set to take the stage with his son, singer and musician, Dustin Bentall.

"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," stated Mayor Brad West in a news release.

"We welcome everyone to join us for a great afternoon of fun activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display."

Here's PoCo's schedule for July 1

The day kicks off with a Lions Club pancake breakfast and fishing derby at Lions Park near downtown Port Coquitlam from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The fishing derby, by Meridian RV, is free for kids under 10 years of age and no registration required. 

The fun continues from 3 p.m. onward at Castle Park with live entertainment, with the main stage act featuring the Bentalls leading up to the fireworks at dusk.

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 on the Canada Day web page.