Canada Day July 1st quiz and events

These ladies are celebrating Canada Day. Photo by Jenelle Schneider/The Vancouver Sun

These ladies are celebrating Canada Day.
Photo by Jenelle Schneider/The Vancouver Sun


A political map of Canada Photo: Beth77/CC,Flickr

Happy Canada Day from The Westcoast Reader!
Canada Day is on July 1.
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Here are some events you can enjoy in Metro Vancouver:

Canada Day Kickoff Concert – Abbotsford Centre

Canadian country music stars, Emerson Drive, will launch the Fraser Valley’s Canada Day festivities. With country local country stars Aaron Pritchett, King & Cash and Beamer Wigley. Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. June 30, 6 p.m. $15-$49,

Bear Creek Park Canada Day – Surrey, Bear Creek Park

Celebrate Canada Day on the Canadian-themed Bear Creek Park train and enjoy other fun activities including arts and crafts, music, mini golf and more. Bear Creek Park, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 604-501-1232,

Canada Day – Vancouver, Canada Place

Celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday with a parade (7 p.m.), live music and dance performances with popular acts including Hannah Georgas, interactive activity zones featuring food carts and a circus show, plus an evening fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Free, 604-665-9000,

7th Annual Canada Day Parade – Vancouver, Georgia and Broughton

Enjoy festive floats, bands, community groups and more at this annual parade. Starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton at 7 p.m.

Canada Day – Vancouver, Granville Island

Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, spectacle, food, activity and more, with most of the events free of charge. 10 a.m.-midnight
Canada Day – Pitt Meadows, Spirit Square

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a pancake breakfast from the Lion’s Club, followed by live music, a food fair, vendors, a charity run, hockey tournament, watermelon eating contest and more. 12007 Harris Rd., Pitt Meadows 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Canada Day – Burnaby, Burnaby Village Museum

With the backdrop of 1920s village streets, join the Canada Day festivities, including entertainment, heritage games, photo stops, activities, a parade and of course, cake. 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free admission, carousel rides are $2.55,

Canada Day – Fort Langley, Fort Langley National Historic Site

Celebrate Canada’s 148th Birthday at the site where B.C. was born. Enjoy multicultural music, cake, a ceremony at noon and family activities. Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free,

Canada Day – Steveston Village, Steveston Salmon Festival

Canada’s biggest little birthday party since 1945. Enjoy a parade, cultural performances, martial arts demos, a carnival and a salmon barbecue. Steveston Village

Canada Day – Dundarave and Coal Harbour, Vancouver,
Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show

With barges in Dundarave and Coal Harbour, the fireworks will be visible from northwest-side Downtown, West Van and North Van. 10:30 p.m. Free,

Canada Day – White Rock, Shores of Semiahmoo Bay

Main stage entertainment featuring a variety of performances including headliner Daniel Wesley, plus artisans, a Kids Zone with face painting, balloon twisting and bouncy castles, a barbecue and fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. Shores of Semiahmoo Bay, White Rock 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free,

Canada Day Cannery Carnival – Richmond,
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Enjoy free admission to the museum, carnival games and fun fair food will be offered in and around the Cannery all day. Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, 604-664-9009,

Canada Day – Burnaby, Edmonds Park

Have some cake while taking in multicultural entertainment, family activities, face painting, music, arts and crafts and children’s entertainer Charlotte Diamond. 7435 Edmonds St., Burnaby 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free,

Canada Day – Abbotsford, Mount Lehman

Celebrate Canada day in Historic Mount Lehman (1874). Enjoy cinnamon buns, tea and coffee followed by a festive parade full of floats, community groups, music and more. Mount Lehman Community Hall, 6418 Mount Lehman Rd., Abbotsford Breakfast 8 a.m., parade at 9:30 p.m. 604-856-1628

Canada Day – West Vancouver, John Lawson Park

Pack your own a picnic, or try something from the food vendors while enjoying live entertainment, plus a fireworks show starting at 10:30 p.m. John Lawson Park 4:30-10:30 p.m. Free,

Canada Day Run & Celebration, near UBC,
Wesbrook Village and Pacific Spirit Park

Celebrate Canada Day with a run through Wesbrook Village and Pacific Spirit Park, then partake in free activities including a Kid’s Zone, Sports Zone, live music, workshops, a charity barbecue and more. Wesbrook Village, 3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 604-228-2025,

Canada Day Summer Market – Maple Ridge,
Memorial Peace Park, Haney Place

A multicultural themed market with vendors representing their native country by wearing traditional clothing and selling customary goods. Also includes live music, food, entertainment and activities. Memorial Peace Park, Haney Place, Maple Ridge 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 604-467-2420,

Celebrate Canada at the Port Moody Station Museum

Enjoy cultural displays, a kids’ craft activity train, tours of the First World War trench display, concession, entertainment, guest speakers and much more. Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, 604-939-1648,

City of Burnaby: Canada Day 2015

Highlights include entertainment including headliners 54-40 with Jon & Roy and Mostly Marley, plus activities, exhibitors and a fireworks finale. Swangard Stadium Free,

City of Surrey Canada Day

Free family festival complete with live entertainment including headliner Blue Rodeo, plus rides, food and plenty of interactive activities for all ages. Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th St. and 64th Ave. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day

Listen to live entertainment on three stages, sample ethnic food, enjoy dance, song and activities at the Cultural Village and stay for the fireworks finale at Lafarge Lake. Town Centre Park Noon-10:30 p.m.

Crab Park Canada Day Festival

This free annual outdoor festival includes performances by The Stingin’ Hornet and Pernell Reichert Band & the Rootabeggars. Crab Park at Portside, north foot of Main Street 1-4 p.m.

FlyOver Canada: Ultimate Canada Day Fireworks Party

Enjoy the Canada Day fireworks show from a private viewing zone and take a ride on FlyOver Canada, a simulated aerial adventure over Canada’s most stunning landscapes. Includes summer beats with DJ Mike Circa, burgers, poutine and refreshments. 999 Canada Place 8 p.m. $50/$35,

Hastings Park: Canada Day Celebration and Barbecue

Enjoy carnival games, face painting, button making, live entertainment, inflatables and a low-cost barbecue lunch. Hastings Community Centre 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Langley Canada Day JRBQ

The Langley Events Centre, Township of Langley and 93.7 JRfm are proud to present the Langley Canada Day JRBQ. Features music by Rod Black, Washboard Union, Robyn & Ryleigh and King & Cash. Willoughby Community Park, Langley 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission, 778-298-7703,

Maple Ridge Canada Day Celebration

Celebrate Canada’s birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag. Dress in your favourite Canadian attire and enjoy live entertainment, food, displays and more. Memorial Peace Park, The ACT Arts Centre, and Greg Moore Youth Centre 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free,

North Shore Canada Day Parade

Tons of colourful floats, cultural groups and lots of goodies for the kids. Parade starts at 10 a.m. at 13th and Grand Blvd. and ends at Mahon Park

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations

This free, fun event includes an array of entertainment and activities for all ages. From live multicultural performances to interactive crafts and activities, there is something for everyone. Waterfront Park Noon-4 p.m.

Port Moody Celebrates Canada Day

A fun, family-oriented day of entertainment and activities. Pack a picnic and join us! Rocky Point Park 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free,

Canada Day at the Women’s World Cup Fan Zone

Watch live broadcasts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, enjoy live music, exhibition soccer tournaments, athlete autograph opportunities, food and beer service and much more. Larwill Park, Georgia and Cambie Noon-8 p.m.

1.  Photo:  iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

1.  What are Canada’s two national symbols?

a)  salmon and bear
b)  moose and beaver
c)  beaver and maple leaf
d)  maple leaf and moose

Photo:  iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

2.  How many time zones are there in Canada?

a)  8
b)  6
c)  5
d)  3

Photo:  Public domain

Photo: Public domain

3.  When did “O Canada” become Canada’s official national anthem?

a)  1870
b)  1935
c)  1999
d)  1980

Photo: iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

4.  What are Canada’s two national sports?

a)  hockey and basketball
b)  lacrosse and hockey
c)  hockey and football
d)  soccer and baseball

Photo: iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

5.  What is the population of Canada?

a)  33.5 million
b)  13.5 million
c)  22 million
d)  330 million

Photo: iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

6.  How many oceans border Canada?

a)  1
b)  2
c)  3
d) 4


1. c 2. b 3. d 4. b 5. a 6. c


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