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Canada Day celebrations

Ocean Park resident Jenna McCleery, 3½, doesn’t wait until July 1 to show her Canadian pride to a passing train in White Rock. - Christine Borody photo
Ocean Park resident Jenna McCleery, 3½, doesn’t wait until July 1 to show her Canadian pride to a passing train in White Rock.
— image credit: Christine Borody photo

The Semiahmoo Peninsula’s two cities are each celebrating Canada Day with a number of events Tuesday:

White Rock

The City of White Rock is once again hosting its annual Canada Day by the Bay.

The all-day event along the waterfront includes family-friendly fun, including live entertainment at West Beach and the Kids Zone at Each Beach, which will include bouncy castles, face painting, balloon twisting and a sandcastle competition.

The day kicks off with the annual Canada Day Rock 5/10km run at 8 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies.

Artisan vendors are on the West Beach Promenade, and the White Rock Museum and Archives is offering complimentary admission to the gallery, face painting, children’s crafts and games.

The White Rock Firefighters hosts a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the end of the pier benefiting the White Rock Firefighters Charity Association. Live entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues until the fireworks display at West Beach at 10:20 p.m.

Over at East Beach, there is a kids zone running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. there is a children’s sandcastle competition.

A shuttle bus will pick up event goers at Centennial Arena and drive to the beach between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


In Cloverdale, B.C.’s own national rock icon Matthew Good is helping Surrey celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday.

The longtime, award-winning singer/songwriter – who’s released more than a dozen albums, several of which have gone platinum – is the headlining act at the Surrey Canada Day celebration.

The event, at the newly named Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, is expected to welcome more than 100,000 people throughout the day, with amusement rides, midway games, a kids play area, dozens of exhibitors, crafts and food to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Gates open at 10 a.m. at 176 Street and 64 Avenue and fireworks, slated to start at 10:15 p.m., promise to end the day with a bang.

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