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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, abbotsfordcentre.ca
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, bctrains.com
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, canadaday.canadaplace.ca
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. canadaday.canadaplace.ca/parade
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 granvilleisland.com
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. pittmeadows.bc.ca
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, burnabyvillagemuseum.ca
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, www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley
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 stevestonsalmonfest.ca
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, canadaday.canadaplace.ca/Fireworks
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, whiterockcity.ca
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, gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
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, burnaby.ca
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, westvancouver.ca
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, discoverwesbrook.com
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, downtownmapleridge.ca
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, portmoodymuseum.org
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, burnaby.ca/canadaday
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. surrey.ca/canadaday
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. coquitlam.ca
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. facebook.com/bandcouver
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, flyovercanada.com
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. shanesimpson.ca/events/1775
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, langleyeventscentre.com
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, mapleridge.ca
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 canadadaynorthshore.org
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. northvancanadaday.com
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, portmoody.ca
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. vancouver.ca
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
2. How many time zones are there in Canada?
3. When did “O Canada” become Canada’s official national anthem?
4. What are Canada’s two national sports?
a) hockey and basketball
b) lacrosse and hockey
c) hockey and football
d) soccer and baseball
5. What is the population of Canada?
a) 33.5 million
b) 13.5 million
c) 22 million
d) 330 million
6. How many oceans border Canada?
1. c 2. b 3. d 4. b 5. a 6. c