Cities gear up for Canada Day fun
White Rock and Surrey are getting ready to celebrate Canada Day, and citizens are invited to join in the fun.
Highlights of the 32nd Canada Day by the Bay waterfront celebration in White Rock are to include children's activities such as a sandcastle-building event and kite display on East Beach; cake and a citizenship reaffirmation on West Beach; all-day entertainment on the main stage; and fireworks at dusk.
Visitors can also peruse the wares and talents of up to 40 artisans and vendors who will dot the promenade.
For anyone interested in helping out in White Rock, volunteers are being sought to hand out flags and pins, manage traffic and direct crowds.
In Surrey, a free concert featuring Trooper, Harlequin and Lisa Brokop will highlight this year's Canada Day festivities.
The July 1 event at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre is to also include performances by pop songstress and TV star Elise Estrada with The Latency; the Big River Johnny Cash Tribute; and Mark Donnelly, seen recently performing the Canadian and American anthems before the May 24 nail-biter game that clinched the Canucks' shot at the Stanley Cup.
Entertainment July 1 is scheduled to run all day. Other highlights are to include family friendly activities, amusement rides and a fireworks finale.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky at 10:15 p.m. The amphitheatre is located at 64 Avenue and 176 Street.
“Surrey’s Canada Day festivities continue to impress year after year,” Mayor Dianne Watts said in a news release announcing the lineup last week. “This year’s celebration of Canada’s 144th birthday features a free concert with world-class performers… There is fun to be had by all and I look forward to seeing you there with your friends and family.”