BY SOPHIA HAN
What is Canada Day? ***
Canada Day is celebrated on July 1, which is the anniversary of the founding of Canada’s original constitution in 1867.
In the past, cities around Vancouver have celebrated the day with fireworks. This year, it is important to maintain social distancing rules while celebrating the occasion.
The Government of Canada and the city of Surrey have websites with information to help you celebrate the occasion virtually.
Celebrate virtually **
The Government of Canada has a website where you can download pages for children to colour. You can also watch video performances by Canadian artists.
Canadian Heritage YouTube channel
The city of Surrey also has a website.
The city of Surrey is asking people who are residents of Surrey and the Lower Mainland to send videos of themselves wishing Canada a happy birthday or singing Canada’s national anthem.
Celebrate Canada Day with a picnic *
In the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, there are many outdoor places where you can celebrate Canada Day with a picnic.
Everyone should bring their own food and keep 2 metres apart. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and hand sanitizer!
Renfrew Ravine Park and Renfrew Community Park are nearby parks where you can enjoy a picnic and feel close to nature. Central Park, Trout Lake Park and Deer Lake Park are large parks that are also close by.
If you want to picnic and enjoy a good view of the city, you should go to Queen Elizabeth Park. From this park, you can see Vancouver. If you want to enjoy a good view of the sunset, you should go to English Bay or Jericho Beach. Lighthouse Park is in West Vancouver but it is also a beautiful place to share a meal and enjoy the sunset.
There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day. You can stay safe while enjoying the local scenery.
Happy Canada Day!
Anniversary – the date when an event took place in a previous year
Founding – the beginning
Original – the first
Constitution – a set of rules that guide how a country should be run
Maintain – to keep doing
Social distancing – rules to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease
Occasion – special event
Virtually – something you do using a computer
Download – to move or copy a file from a computer
Performances – shows
Residents – someone who lives in a place
Lower Mainland – the city of Vancouver and the areas around Vancouver
Anthem – a song that celebrates a country
Celebrate – to do something special for an important event
Picnic – a meal you enjoy outdoors
Apart – not close together
Sunscreen – something to prevent sunburn
Hand sanitizer – something you put on to kill germs
Nearby – not far
Close by – not far
View – things you can see from a place
Local – things or places that are nearby
Scenery – things you can see around a place
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