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Canada Day 2020: A guide to virtual events in B.C.'s Mainland


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VANCOUVER B.C. -- Canada Day will look a bit different this year, as restrictions remain in place in B.C. to flatten the province's COVID-19 curve.

With large gatherings banned, some events have been cancelled, and others will be held online only.


CTVNewsVancouver.ca's annual list of Canada Day events is a bit shorter this year, but here's a quick look at some of the events you can "attend" from the comfort of your own home.

Kamloops

The City of Kamloops is holding a virtual Canada Day music lineup in lieu of physical Canada Day celebrations. The event starts at 1 p.m. and features performances from Project X Puppet Show, the Kamloops Symphony, Kamloops Pride and more. Residents can also follow along with Face It Face Painting and paint their faces at home.

Merritt

The City of Merritt will be live-streaming fireworks July 1 via Facebook. Throughout the day, there will be a variety of safe activities for families to participate in. Stay tuned to the City's social media for updates.


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Vernon

Dirty Hoe Farms will be giving away 50 meals to those in need on July 1 at Polson Park. Dan Hill, the farm’s operator, said Earth Elements will also supply natural soap bars. Hill is also be giving away milk straight from a friend’s farm.


Enderby

The Small Axe Bistro is holding a parking lot Canada Day party. Starting at 1 p.m. at the bistro’s location on Cliff Avenue, the party features live music, booze and a BBQ. Admission is by donation.


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Peachland

Peachland is celebrating Canada’s birthday with a virtual race. Participants can enrol in a two, five, or 10 kilometre race on Canada Day or beforehand. The District is encouraging residents to dress up in Canada Day colours and to submit photos to win prizes.

Register through Epic Canadian to get involved. An online craft corner, lake dip and virtual scavenger hunt will also be held throughout the day. Stay tuned for an online concert and neighbourhood parades and pop-up concerts will be held at various times throughout the day. For more information, visit the district’s website.


West Kelowna

The Okanagan Beach Club is hosting a Canada Day celebration at its location on Westside Road from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event is family friendly and will feature face painters, games and a live band at the Tiki Bar, according to the club’s event page. It is free and open to public and hand sanitizer stations and social distancing measures will be in place. 

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Penticton

In Penticton, celebrations featuring local children’s entertainers, popular musicians and fun videos from residents will be held online July 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Headliners include music duo ‘Aidan and Mandy,’ musician Beamer Wigley, magician Leif David, dance and fitness instructor Ashley Dias, parkour instructor Michael Kleyn and musician Tavis Weir, according to the City of Penticton’s website.

The event will be broadcast on the city’s Facebook page.

Osoyoos

The town has moved its Canada Day celebration online with a video posted on its website.


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Vancouver

One of the largest parties in the country traditionally kicks off at Canada Place, but it was cancelled this year. Instead, organizers invite the public to watch a two-hour show put on by the federal government. There's a daytime show that starts at 4 p.m. local time, and an evening show starting at 5 p.m. 

Both can be streamed on the Canadian Heritage Facebook and YouTube pages. Canadians featured in the show include Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Alan Doyle, Sarah McLachlan and the Sheepdogs. Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood is going along with its annual Showboat event, but the 85th season will be held online.

There's a special show scheduled on Canada Day starting at 10 a.m. on Facebook. A children's show will be followed by what organizers call an "action packed" evening of music starting at 6 p.m. The event includes "virtual fireworks."

An event billed as "Canada's only Canada Day parade" will be hosted at the Pacific National Exhibition grounds on the first as well.

The PNE will hold what it calls a "reverse parade," meaning spectators will drive their vehicles along the parade route.


Sights include live performances, logger sports, a celebration of hockey and fair food, and guests are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and dress up in red and white. Those who want to buy food must pay in advance, and the experience itself is $10 per car

North Vancouver

Celebrate Canada at a virtual event hosted on the North Shore. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. there will be virtual performances for all ages.

Revellers can "attend" through Facebook.

Surrey

One of the best-attended events is Surrey Canada Day. This year, it too will be online, and viewers can tune in on Facebook or YouTube.

There's a family hour scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and regular programming airs between 6 and 9 p.m. The party finishes with a virtual fireworks finale.

White Rock

Canada Day by the Bay will be by the computerinstead this summer. Juno-award-winning Washboard Union is headlining the show, and other performances and activities are planned for the event between 7 and 9 p.m. It can be watched on YouTube and Facebook.

Coquitlam

Canada Day in Coquitlam includes the singing of O Canada, and performances from a variety of artists and entertainers. Programming starts online at noon, with the final item on the agenda scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

Port Coquitlam

In nearby PoCo, things are a little different.

There will be a drive-thru barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. at the firehall at 1725 Broadway St.

The community will sing O Canada, along with cities across the country, as part of the 7 p.m. cheer for front-line workers, and virtual fireworks will be streamed online. The city will also have a live broadcast from 2:30 to 4 p.m. featuring Canadian performers. And the city suggests neighbours get together to host virtual block parties. A page on its websiteprovides more info on how to set one up. 

Maple RidgeResidents of Maple Ridge can mark Canada's 153rd birthday with livestreamed entertainment, contests and activities, and games and "printable fun."

Township of Langley

There won't be any hay rides, cake or petting zoos at Fort Langley this year, organizers say, but Canada Day can still be celebrated virtually.

The Township of Langley is hosting an online event that includes on-demand videos of local performers, workshops and activities and an opening ceremony. The fort is technically open, but there's a 50-person limit within its walls, and visitors are advised to check the Fort Langley National Historic Site website before visiting so they can be prepared.

The annual Willoughby Community Park event is cancelled this year.

Abbotsford

Canada Day in Abbotsford features a virtual pet parade, performances from local artists and interactive play zones.

Mission

The party in Mission starts at 10:30 a.m. with a livestream on the city's website.

If you can't watch it at that time, it will be made available on YouTube and Facebook.

The broadcast includes the national anthem, a flag raising ceremony, speeches and short video segments highlighting members of the community.

Fraser Valley Regional District

Locally, the FVRD is hosting a decorating contest for residents of Hope and surrounding areas.

Categories in the contest include best dressed, best sidewalk chalk art, and best decorated windows, businesses and residential outdoor spaces. The district directs those looking for a virtual ceremony to the one hosted online by Heritage Canada.

Similar events are planned elsewhere in B.C., including in Armstrong, Fort St. John and the North Okanagan. Find out more about those events on this page from Canada.ca.


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