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7 Amazing Free Family Friendly Canada Day Events

7 Amazing Free Family Friendly Canada Day Events

The long weekend is right around the corner and we are all ready to relax a bit. What do you have planned to celebrate Canada Day?

Canada Day Fireworks at Canada PlaceFireworks at Canada Place.

Wherever you’re celebrating Canada Day, you’re sure to find parades, picnics, fireworks and parties. BC has tons of activities to toast this important holiday and, we at Macdonald Realty, prepared this list of free family friendly things to do to enjoy the 32nd annual Canada Day!

Vancouver – Canada Place Celebrations

We can’t wait to see the fireworks during the 32nd annual Canada Day at Canada Place on July 1, 2019.  As the largest Canada Day celebration in western Canada, this important event offers amazing family activities, food, live entertainment, and much more.

Vancouver 2019 event highlights:

  • Incredible performances all day long, including Blonde Diamond, Bitterly Divine and, Delhi 2 Dublin as the last attraction
  • Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians
  • Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone will feature talented artists, including DiRTY RADiO
  • Canadian Forces Zone (Hall B) will offer interactive displays exhibits to honor Canada’s Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • Kids’ Zone (Hall A) will have lots of activities, music and a funny mascot
  • Picnic Plaza with picnic tables and family-friendly activities
  • Food trucks, yay!
  • Fireworks show at 10:30 pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit: canadaplace.ca

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Canada Place

Admission: FREE!

 

Surrey

Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will host the Surrey’s annual free Canada Day celebration on Monday, July 1st.

The city will offer an amazing family-friendly event and, they’re planning to welcome over 100,000 visitors.

According to the event organizes, the event features three stages of programming, Strawberry Tea for seniors, the Indigenous Zone, amusement rides, food trucks, interactive activities, and more.

Canada Day in SurreyPicture: Surrey

Surrey 2019 event highlights:

  • Live concerts with amazing artists including Bif Naked and Our Lady Peace
  • Kids’ Zone
  • Food Truck vendors
  • Fireworks at 10:30pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit:  https://bit.ly/2ZwZAnV

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC Canada
176 Street & 64th Avenue

Admission: FREE! Check the website the see the amusement rides fees.

 

Squamish

The party starts at 10:00 am on Monday, July 1st in downtown Squamish. The festivities have the parade down Cleveland Avenue – right in front of Macdonald Realty’s office – followed by the flag raising tradition, First Nations welcome, the singing of O Canada and C-A-K-E!

Squamish 2019 event highlights:

  • At the O’Siyam Pavilion and Junction Park from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM enjoy a jam-packed day of activities including live music, dance performances, kids’ zone, lots of food trucks and more. And of course, come and see the amazing free outdoor concerts that make Squamish the place to be!
  • From 7:00 to 10:30 PM, Brennan Park will be the place to be to listen to live music and view the Canada Day fireworks.

Plan your visit: https://www.exploresquamish.com/events/canada-day-event

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: The parade will take place in downtown Squamish on Cleveland Avenue / Live music will be featured at O’Siyam Pavilion and Brennan Park

Admission: FREE!

 

Whistler

Wherever you are in Canada, you’re sure to find parades, picnics, music festivals…We think we already mentioned this before, but yes…Whistler is not an exception. Whether you want music, adventure, or just spend a beautiful day in the lake with your family, Whistler is the place to be.

Picture: Whistler

Whistler 2019 Event highlights:

  • Free Transit All Day Long on July 1, 2019
  • Canada Day Parade along the Village Stroll at noon
  • Musical Trio the Tenors at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Plan your visit: https://www.whistler.ca/culture-recreation/events-and-festivals/event-listings

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza / Village Stroll

Admission: FREE!

 

Sunshine Coast

If you’re planning to explore the Sunshine Coast this year during Canada Day long weekend, we have good news: “This year’s Canada Day is sure to be a big one!”; that’s what the Sunshine Coast Guide says and, we’re so happy to share.

Sunshine Coast 2019 event highlights:

  • Sechelt will be hosting lot of events. The parade starts at 10:30 am on Cowrie St. with a flyover by the Royal Canadian Airforce
  • At Pender Harbour you’ll find lots of activities throughout all the day long, including live music, International Infusion Dinner at Mad Park Bistro
  • At Powell River/Lund the Canada Day festivities will be held this year at Willingdon Beach. Attendees can look forward to live entertainment, food & craft vendor, Fun Run and, Second Annual Canada Day Fishing Derby.

Plan your visit: https://secheltdowntown.com/canadaday

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Find locations on their website.

Admission: FREE!

 

Fort Langley

Pancakes, cakes and more are waiting for you in Langley to celebrate the 32nd annual Canada Day! Here is what the town is preparing for you and your family:

Langley 2019 Event highlights:

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Flag Raising
  • Official Welcoming Ceremonies and Singing of O Canada
  • Birthday Cake
  • Edward the Magician in the Kids’ Zone
  • Live performances all day long
  • And more!

Plan your visit: http://celebratecanadaday.ca/schedule-of-events/

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Find locations on the website.

Admission: FREE!

 

Victoria

Let’s celebrate with family and friends! Victoria has prepared such an amazing event for your Canada Day – it is sure to be unforgettable. On Monday, July 1, 2019, the town will have live music and lots of fun activities.

victoria parliament buildingVictoria Parliament Building

From 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM enjoy the expanded Family Zone. Find your favorite spot (or go to all of them) by visiting the face-painting, a bouncy castle and activations by The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature and The Victoria Bug Zoo.

The Coast Capital Living Flag at Legislature Lawns will give away 2,300 free red and white T-shirts.

Victoria 2019 Event highlights:

  • Family Zone all day long
  • Food village
  • Live concerts
  • Fireworks at 10:20 pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit: https://www.canadadayvictoria.ca/schedule-map

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Inner Harbour and Legislature Lawns 

Admission: FREE!

 

Happy Birthday Canada!

Enjoy your holiday and we’ll see you on July 02nd.

Sources:

Tourism Vancouver

Surrey.ca/canadaday

Explore Squamish

Whistler.ca

Sechelt Downtown

Celebrate Canada Day

Tourism Victoria

 

Macdonald Realty participates in REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

Macdonald Realty participates in REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

Macdonald Realty is excited to participate in the 22nd REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive campaign. Agents and staffs from our North Vancouver and West Vancouver offices collected new and used coats, blankets and warm clothing at Capilano Mall and Park Royal Mall. The offices then sorted and delivered the donations to charities and organizations in the area.

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Since 1995, REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has helped more than 290,000 people keeping warm and dry. The campaign for this year is over, but you can still donate the following items to the recipient charities:

  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear

Click here for a list of suggested charities.

Click here for more information about REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.

Macdonald Realty Victoria Alzheimer Donation

Macdonald Realty Victoria Alzheimer Donation

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Macdonald Realty Victoria is excited to make a donation to We Rage, WE Weep Alzheimer’s Foundation, a fantastic local charity providing support for families and caregivers of Alzheimer patients.  They provide tracking devices that help with wandering patients, most of which are then located within 15 minutes. 100% locally run by volunteers, ever dollar raised goes back into the community.  Our Victoria office raised $794.00 raised during their 1st annual Shredder Drive & BBQ back in June.

Macdonald Realty sponsors InspiredHealth cookbook

Macdonald Realty sponsors InspiredHealth cookbook

We are delighted to announce the beginCMYKorangeIHvectorning of a new charitable partnership between Macdonald Real Estate Group and InspireHealth, a local not-for-profit supportive cancer care organization with centres in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.  They provide important programs and services to enhance quality of life, health and well-being of people living with cancer and their families.

Macdonald Real Estate Group has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of InspireHealth’s new cookbook ‘Inspired Cooking‘ featuring 50 exclusive recipes from 20 of Canada’s top chefs including BC’s Vikram Vij (Vij’s Restaurant Group), Ned Bell (Yew at Four Seasons Hotel), Warren Barr (The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn), James Walt (Araxi) and many more.

Last year, InspireHealth welcomed more than 2,400 new members, provided 2,000+ classes and more than 25,000 patient visits – all completely free of charge.  This InspiredHealth cookbook is an important fundraising venture and we are so proud to be a leading sponsor of this project. Watch for the cookbook is stores this holiday season and if you wish to make a donation to the project you can ​visit their Kickstarter page here. 

 

Macdonald Realty sponsoring Maple Ridge Home Show

Macdonald Realty sponsoring Maple Ridge Home Show

Our Maple Ridge office is sponsoring the Ridge Meadows Home Show this weekend,  and providing  shuttle service from the Albion Sports Complex parking to Albion Fairgrounds event space.  Say hi to our team driving the golf carts!

Shuttle service at Maple Ridge Home Show

 

HOME SHOW: ‘Wheely’ good fun on tap in Maple Ridge this weekend

Source:  Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

Feeling sporty this weekend?

Then head down to Albion Fairgrounds where you can take in high-flying BMXers and bubble ball soccer demos during the Ridge Meadows Home Show.

There’ll be high flying action in the corral, as some of the top-ranked riders in the world take bring big air jumps and half pipe demos to the home show.

This is a get-active “try it zone” with bicycles and safety gear provided and patrons encouraged to give the sport of BMX a try.

There will also be a scooter course for scooter enthusiasts.

Returning to the fairgrounds this weekend is the Action Sports Extreme Stunt Show.

Sponsored by Macdonald Realty (which also provides a shuttle service from the Albion Sports Complex to Albion Fairgrounds during the weekend), and presented by Maple Ridge Cycle, Ridge Meadows BMX, Big Steel Box, Timberline Ranch, and The Creative Ride, the stunt show is always popular.

The Stunt Show:

• Friday at 7 p.m.,

• Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and

• Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

From its formative years in the early 1970s to today, BMX is still flourishing.

“If it wasn’t for these people doing [jumps and racing] I wouldn’t have gotten into this business,” said Troy Scott, the owner-manager of Maple Ridge Cycle, which is helping present the stunt show.

“Dirt jumping has always been exciting – that’s why my shop’s been around so long. A lot of the stuff we sell are involved with these types of [BMX] bicycles.”

Scott said BMX’s staying power remains strong, in a world where most kids are drawn to computers and iGadgets.

“It [BMX’ing] competes with iPads and iPods,” Scott said. “When parents get Christmas lists and bikes are in front of iPads – you don’t see that very often anymore.”

The passion for BMX locally is part of the reason why this showcase returns each year to the home show.

“We need something for the kids and grandkids to do while parents are looking at renos,” Scott said.

Since it’s an outdoor display, “Mother Nature plays a big part in it,” Scott said.

Former professional BMXer Nate Berkheimer plays a big role in the BMX show.

Berkheimer, who has more than two decades of BMX experience, made several dirt jumping finals at the Dew Tour.

The Maple Ridge resident competed professionally in both racing and freestyle (stunt riding).

“Nate has a lot of his guest riders come out and they put on a good show,” said Travis Franklin, who along with fellow realtor John Johnson helps organize the shuttles and stunt show on behalf of Macdonald Realty.

“They do stunts, back flips… everything on the ramps. It’s quite exciting to watch.”

Meanwhile, for little ones anxious to try bike riding, check out Tykes for Tots.

Bubble soccer

For soccer fans, West Coast Auto Group Football Club (WCAGFC) is bringing a unique twist on the “beautiful game” to the home show.

Bubble soccer demos will be happening throughout the weekend.

According to Bubble Soccer Vancouver, players are outfitted in “zorb-like inflatable bubble suits” which keep them safe “as they roll around, flip right over and collide with each other – all while trying to score goals.”

WCAGFC offers its own bubble soccer programs for U8 players right up to adults (visit westcoastfc.ca/Bubble_Soccer).

“People have a chance to give it a go,” WCAGFC executive director Misty Thomas said. “It’s exhausting, actually, to play it. It’s quite active and mostly people spend a lot of energy laughing. As we keep saying, it’s one of the few sports where spectators can actually have as much fun as the actual participants.

Watching bubble soccer is hilarious.”

Victoria Realtors help TP the Town

Victoria Realtors help TP the Town

October 11th to 17th marked this year’s Homelessness Action Week in Greater Victoria. Imagine yourself experiencing poverty, down to your last few dollars of the month and you need to make a choice between food for your family, or toilet paper. Guess what? Food always wins. This means many individuals and families in Victoria actually greatly appreciate the luxury of toilet paper. Something we flush down the toilet every single day can literally change lives. TP the Town aims to raise 50,000 rolls of toilet paper for people in need.

This year two agents from the Macdonald Realty Victoria office, Tracy Keenan-Whyte and Dane Kingsbury, participated in this wonderful community event!

Here Tracey shares their experience:
“My colleague Dane & I got out there early this morning to collect rolls of toilet paper – yes you read correctly – to support Homelessness Action Week in Victoria. Last year over 48,000 rolls were raised, and together we are hoping to reach 50,000 this year. A HUGE THANK YOU!! to all the households that donated – we applaud you. Something as simple as TP that we take for granted everyday is a luxury for many folks. And when it comes to making budget decisions as the month nears its end – food always comes first. Big thanks again to all of our donors…Dane & I picked up over 400 rolls of TP this morning!”

Stay tuned for more spotlights on our REALTORS® active in British Columbia communities!

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