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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

 

Real Estate Investment Story | Backyard Vineyards

Meet Michelle Yang, co-owner at Backyard Vineyards in Langley B.C.  Michelle shares her story as a new partner in the winery, learning the wine business, and how her REALTOR® was able to guide her through the process.

To meet a professional realtor in your area visit macrealty.com

 

About Backyard Vineyard:

With a name as true as its location, Backyard Vineyards evokes neighbourhood comforts and a welcoming environment. Top this off with their exceptional wines and well-crafted tasting room for a must-see the next time you take a jaunt through Langley. Backyard Vineyard’s effort of using 100% BC grapes allows them to take their name to heart of loving the landscape of the region and province. Focusing on quality helps their winemaker James Cambridge and the owners express the intricacies of the varietals they carry, as well as the ability to experiment to find their award-winning portfolio.

Visiting this vineyard is a treat, from their large inviting tasting room to their outdoor picnic area there is plenty of space to enjoy a taste and tour. With some grapes grown at this vineyard and others sourced from the Fraser Valley and Okanagan, there is something to please all palates.

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Backyard Vineyards – 3033 – 232nd Street, Langley, BC

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.

BNN interview about the Vancouver housing supply problem

BNN interview about the Vancouver housing supply problem

Business News Network (BNN) speaks with Jonathan Cooper, Vice President of Operations at Macdonald Real Estate Group about David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff + Associates comments on policymakers and housing supply constraints and how they would relate to the Vancouver real estate market.  What change are needed to address the Vancouver housing supply problem?

 

Best policy levers to address Vancouver’s housing supply constraints

(To view the video on mobile devices, please click here for direct play on BNN.)

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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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Head Mother Nature’s warning and prepare your emergency kit

Half a million residents were without power after the latest wind storm hit the lower mainland in late August.  300,000 hectares of BC forest have burned this summer.   And, of course, we have the ever present threat of “the big one” earthquake.

Now is the time to review and prepare your emergency kit.  Recheck batteries, food and water supply expiry dates and fill in any pieces you are missing. Experts agree you need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster.

10 Essentials for your Emergency Kit

  1. Water — At least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  2. Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  5. Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  6. First aid kit
  7. Extra keys to your car and house
  8. Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones (if you can find one)
  9. A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  10. If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

 

Click here to order Emergency Preparedness Kits for the Home or Car from the BC Government (1-6 person kits available)

This article was originally posted on CBC News, October 17th, 2013.