Hyack Opening Ceremonies
Hyack Festival gets off to a rousing start at New Westminster's Royal City Centre at 11am,
on the Saturday of the Victoria Day weekend. Centre Court is the place to be for the official
ribbon cutting by local dignitaries, Hyack representatives, the Miss New Westminster Ambassador,
and Leonard the Royal City Centre Lion. There's live entertainment and lots of fun for everyone.
Hyack Festival Fireworks
At Westminster Quay, our nine-day festival extravaganza starts with a bang – a colourful fireworks
display over the Fraser River. All day long, there are lots of activities. There are rides,
entertainment, music, food and shopping. And in the evening, there's the spectacular fireworks
display launched from a barge on the Fraser River. The fireworks can be seen from all over
New Westminster City and signals to everyone that nine days of Hyack Festival fun has begun.
Hyack Antique Fair
Take a trip down Memory Lane at the Hyack Antique Fair in the Queen's Park Arenex on Sunday and
Monday of the Victoria Day weekend. Over 20 dealers from around the province display their
antiques and collectibles under one roof. Enjoy browsing through a fascinating range of furniture,
glassware, china, silver, jewellery, books and other nostalgic items. The participating dealers
are carefully selected and screened by Don and Pat Peters of Sussex Antiques. You can even
relax and have a bite of lunch in the Garden Lounge during your visit.
Hyack Family Days in Queen's Park
Hyack Family Days in Queen's Park runs on the Sunday and Monday of the Victoria Day long
weekend in May, when the Park overflows with activities for the whole family. There's toe-tapping
entertainment at the Bandshell, an arts and crafts fair at the Art Gallery, dog agility
demonstrations in the East Field, and much more. Antique buffs are lured to the Queen’s
Park Arenex to browse among some beautiful examples of furniture and bric-a-brac from our past.
When you get hungry, tempting aromas will draw you to the barbecue stand or - just for fun - the
pizza-eating contest. All the pizza you can eat, but no hands! And what would Family Days be without
Carnival Rides? Try to follow your kids and teenagers on every ride and then see if you can eat
cotton candy afterwards … it's a classic carnival experience. Hyack Family Days in Queen's Park
is filled with displays, demonstrations, concerts, shows and events that are nestled beneath the
park's trees and spread out across the fields.
Kids Crafts and Activities
On the East Field, among clowns and face painting, there’s the Kids Activity Area,
where kids can let loose their creativity.
Hyack Festival Bandshell Entertainment
The Queen's Park Bandshell is the scene of some wonderful entertainment on Sunday and Monday
of the Victoria Day weekend. The Hyack Festival is pleased to present a broad spectrum of
music, singing and dancing, with something for every member of the family – and
it's all free! The calibre of talent is guaranteed to get your toes tapping, your
fingers snapping, and your hips swaying. In fact, get your whole body involved and dance
to the music! The entertainment line-up is different each day, so make sure you "tune-in" to both.
Dog Agility Demonstrations
A crowd favourite! Watch and cheer-on these highly trained and energetic animals as they
jump through hoops, over walls, and even up and down the teeter-totter. The dogs perform
four times over the Sunday and Monday of the Victoria Day weekend.
Children's Bike Parade
Would you like to be in the Children's Parade? Wear a costume and bring a decorated tricycle,
bicycle or wagon (with help from Mom & Dad, if you need it), and meet at the Bandshell
in Queen's Park at 11am on Victoria Day. You may even win a prize for best decoration.
Be led through Queen's Park from the Bandshell to the East Field
Tennis Courts at 11:30am.
An Ancient and Honourable Tradition – The Anvil Salute
Every Victoria Day in New Westminster, a group of men dressed in scarlet uniforms salute
Canada's sovereign in an event that has become an integral part of the Hyack Festival.
The Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery has fired the "anvil salute" since the
days of Queen Victoria. Pre-show entertainment and speeches starts at 11:30, and the
"21 gun" Anvil Battery salute commences at 12 noon sharp on Victoria Day in Queen's Park
Stadium. (Click here for a brief history of this tradition.)
BikeFest at Hyack
The BikeFest at Hyack has something for everyone. Presented in partnership with the
Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, you can check out your bicycle savvy at the Bike Rodeo,
see a display of antique and unique bicycles, and get some advice on great cycling routes
in the area. You can also take a photo of yourself astride an antique Penny Farthing bicycle.
May Day Ceremony
What began in 1870 and is now the longest running celebration of its kind in the Commonwealth?
New Westminster's historic May Day Celebration!
Each elementary school in New Westminster elects a representative to be a member of the
May Queen Suite and the Royal Knights, and a draw is held to determine the position of May
Queen, as well as the other positions. Then on the Wednesday during the Hyack Festival,
hundreds of elementary school students gather at Queen's Park Stadium to perform traditional
Maypole dances, streaming yards and yards of colourful ribbons, and witness the crowning of
the May Queen.
Before the Hyack International Parade, come to the Massey cafeteria at the New Westminster
Secondary School for a continental breakfast put on by the local Lions Club. For a small
donation, enjoy a selection of danishes, fresh fruits and beverages, and then find a spot on
the curb to enjoy the parade.
Hyack Uptown Street Fair
New Westminster's streets come alive during the Hyack Festival, and none more so than 6th Street
and 6th Avenue in Uptown New Westminster when the Uptown Street Fair takes over. Before and
after the Hyack International Parade, this area of town is a hub of entertainment and activity.
While you're waiting for the parade to start, Royal City Centre delivers music you can
dance in the street to. The streets are lined with arts and crafts tables featuring the
treasures of local artisans, kids' activities, and lots of food, including hot dogs and pizza
(sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, with proceeds going to the CKNW Orphans Fund). And CKNW will be
close-by broadcasting from their remote studio.
The Hyack Festival International Parade
What's a festival without a parade? It's the climax of our Festival and you don't want
to miss it! Secure a space along our parade route, because British Columbia's largest parade
is coming through and you'll want to see it all – more than 140 entries from British
Columbia and the United States. With the colour, pageantry and music of championship
marching bands, creative eye-catching floats, and mischievously comical clowns, the parade has
all that's needed to delight and enchant the young and the young-at-heart. Click here for the
Hyack Lucky Toonie Ball Lottery
What are round, multi-coloured, and roll in large groups down Sixth Street every year?
Toonie Balls of course! Yet another highlight of the Hyack Festival is the Lucky
Ball Lottery. Watch a dump truck unleash its load of colourful plastic balls that roll
and scatter down the steep hill of Sixth Street from Third Avenue to Queens Avenue.
Each ball has a number on it, and the holder of the ticket that matches the colour and
number of the first ball to cross the Finish Line wins a $500 prize.
Portland Royal Rosarians Rose Planting
As a member of the Northwest Festival Hosting Association, the Hyack Festival Association
is honoured to participate in this annual event. Each year, a member of the Portland Royal
Rosarians officiates at a ceremony in front of City Hall, where the current Hyack President
plants another rose in the commemorative rose garden, continuing a tradition of friendship.