It’s Canada Day weekend in Vancouver and there’s so much to do, from the North Shore to the Valley. Miss604 is proud to sponsor Surrey Canada Day with headliners Our Lady Peace, as well as the 74th Steveston Salmon Festival with 54-50. Both festivals run all day with unique attractions, food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. These events and more are listed below:
Every summer my Facebook feed fills up with photos of friends and family taking part in the unique – and thrilling – Fun City Festival in North Vancouver. What sets this fest apart is the popular 1,000 foot waterslide right down Lonsdale! Now in its 4th year, this free festival connects North Vancouver through family-friendly activities, DJ, food trucks and more.
Fun City Festival
Where: Victoria Park (Lonsdale & Keith Rd, North Vancouver) When: Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00am to 6:00pm Tickets: The festival is FREE! Tickets for the slide ($30-$60) are available online »
All activities will take place around Victoria Park including the ticket booth and bag check. North Shore Neighbourhood House will offer a bag check as well, along with change rooms and a free shuttle to and from the slide.
Parking for the event will be limited and biking, walking or transit is encouraged.
Win Slide Passes for the Family
I have two Family Prize Packs to give away! Each prize pack includes 4unlimited all-day slide tickets so the winners can ride the slide as many times as they like on either Saturday or Sunday, you pick. Here are a few ways you can enter to win:
Free outdoor movies at Canada Place return every Thursday night July 11 to August 29, 2019. Back by popular demand, Waterfront Cinema will be hosted on the North Point at Canada Place with a line-up of blockbuster movies.
Free Outdoor Movies at Canada Place
Where: North Point, Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver When: Every Thursday, July 11 to August 29, 2019 at dusk
Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the show. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase onsite.
July 11, 2019 Captain Marvel (2019) July 18, 2019 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) July 25, 2019 Elf (2003) – ‘Christmas in July’ Canada Place’s North Point will be turned into the North Pole for one night only! The evening will be hosted by none other than Buddy the Elf, so be sure to bring your holiday spirit, a canned food donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and enjoy candy canes, hot chocolate, and other treats from holiday vendors.
August 1, 2019 Shazam! (2019) August 8, 2019 Beauty and the Beast (2017) August 15, 2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) August 22, 2019 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) August 29, 2019 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – 30th Anniversary
For more information about the movie series or free Zumba events at Canada Place, follow on Facebook.
The Steveston Salmon Festival, at 74 years strong, is better than ever, with activities extending from Britannia Shipyards to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and encompassing its traditional home in Steveston Park, for a truly epic Canada Day celebration on July 1st.
Steveston Salmon Festival
Where: Steveston Village, Richmond When: 10:00am to 10:30pm on Canada Day July 1st
With over 80,000 people expected, the festival will feature multiple stages with over 50 performances! 54-40 will be headlining the festival but you can also catch Krystle dos Santos, Urban Myth, Winsome Kind, Moon Coin Show Band, Bend Sinister, and many more artists throughout the day.
A Canada Day Parade through historic Steveston village kicks off the festival. The Parade marches off at 10:00am sharp from Garry Point Park and winds through the streets of Steveston past the Community Centre to Railway Avenue.
There will also be a Kids Bike Parade. Children interested in entering the bike parade should bring their decorated bikes, trikes and wagons to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery parking lot at the corner of Chatham and 4th Avenue beginning at 8:30am and no later than 9:15am. They will cycle off at 9:30am.
Sammy’s Fun Zone
Sammy’s Fun Zone is an exciting mix of games, face painting, balloon artists, entertainers, and a multitude of excitement for children of all ages. Enjoy family-friendly programming all day on the Family Stage. Find the zone in the main baseball diamond, east of community centre and behind the community police station. Wristbands will be available for purchase at the Sammy’s Fun Zone ticket booth on July 1 for $15 each. Cash and credit card payments will be accepted. Purchase in advance for $10 at the Steveston Community Centre.
The Steveston Salmon Festival is famous for its salmon barbecue where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. Savour Wild Pacific Sockeye Salmon locally processed and expertly barbecued over an alder wood fire and served with salad, bun, and beverage. A must-have treat! $16 per plate. Cash, credit, or debit accepted.
End the night in style! Fireworks start at 10:15pm along the historic Steveston waterfront, presented by Dueck GM.
Whether it was single moms needing a ride to radiation treatment, seniors awaiting a warm, healthy meal, or youth with different abilities participating in social activities. Kal Tire’s contest entrants drove 566,000 kilometres in the last year alone to help people in need!
Many of the contest nominees are seniors themselves and have been a volunteer driver for more than 10 years—some for more than 35 years—and have collectively logged a distance equivalent to driving from Vancouver to Halifax and back 46 times.
“We were amazed at the stories and efforts of the volunteers who drive to help people in need in Canada,” says Kevin McCarty, senior specialist, Corporate Social Responsibility, Kal Tire.
“They give so much of their time and they’re such a vital part of our communities. We wanted to support them and help make it easier for them to continue doing this important work.”
Three top prizes were awarded:
Trevor West; Edmonton, AB; Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope
Randy Scharf; Richmond, BC; Health & Home Care Society of BC (Meals on Wheels)
Diane Thompson; Dunsford, ON; Community Care Health & Care Network
These three winners each enjoy a prize package for their personal vehicle that includes a new set of tires, a wheel alignment, oil changes for a year, summer and winter wiper blades, a brake replacement and a $500 donation to their volunteer organization.
West, Scharf and Thompson’s stories are featured in a moving but fun video alongside Canada’s social media superstar Brittlestar.
Five runner up prizes were also awarded:
Wendy Ireland; Surrey, BC; The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
Peter Simpson; Surrey, BC; The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
Barbara Gray; Calgary, AB; Canadian Cancer Society
George Spence; Kingston, Ontario; Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Joe Hall; Milton, Ontario; Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope
These five runner-up winners each enjoy a new set of tires and a wheel alignment for their personal vehicle and a $500 donation to their volunteer organization.
Kal Tire would like to keep the momentum rolling, and hear about a volunteer in your life who deserves some recognition.
What do dumplings, chocolates, bowls, bath bombs and bread have in common? They’re all things that are handmade in Cranbrook! On my latest ZenSeekers expedition, I spent the day at the Cranbrook Farmers Market (and a few other stops in town) to check out what the talented folks in this East Kootenays community are making from scratch. Here are some of my top finds:
Cranbrook Farmers Market
Where: 10th Ave S beside Rotary Park, Cranbrook When: Saturdays June 22 to August 21, 2019 from 9:00am to 1:00pm; Saturdays September 7 to October 12, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
At the market you can do a mead sampling, grab a cold brew, and shop from ceramic, wool, and knitted items. There’s fresh produce, local meats, and even a jewelry stand where you can get your name twisted into a delicate necklace gem while you wait.
Food trucks are always a big hit and you’ll want to visit Mama’s Dumplings for a taste you can’t get anywhere else! Coco is a master of her craft – she even taught me how to make dumplings during my visit. She brings the taste of Northern China to Cranbrook weekly at the market.
Stay a While
When you’re done your shopping and are ready for a full meal, I highly recommend Soulfood (1017 Baker Street, Cranbrook). I had breakfast for lunch and it was amazing. They also have infused teas and lemonades, and tons of organic, locally-grown, vegan, and other wholesome options.
My favourite purchase of the whole trip was my all natural insect repellant from Petra Naturally (2104C 2 St S, Cranbrook). Petra makes everything in-house with the best ingredients so you won’t smell like chemicals when you’re trying to enjoy nature.
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Online since 1997, Rebecca also started podcasting RadioZoom in 2005, co-founded sixty4media, a WordPress website development firm, in 2008, and co-authored the book, Blogging to Drive Business in 2010 & 2012.
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