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Read On: Celebrate Canada Day 2020 on July 1st

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Message for Canada. Trout Lake. Photo by Sophia Han

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 activity packs
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day/celebration-kit.html
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html

Canadian Heritage YouTube channel
The city of Surrey also has a website.
https://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/node/1

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.
https://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/submit-your-video-win

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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!

Vocabulary

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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

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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

Word Search

https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1251020/celebrate-canada-day/

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Easy bike ride follows Still Creek to Burnaby Lake

Burnaby Lake is a haven for birds. These goslings stay close to their mom and dad. Photos by Bryden Fergusson

BY JULIE CHENG

In these COVID-19 times, many people are choosing to ride their bikes to get from point A to B. It’s a great way to maintain physical distancing and get some exercise, sunshine and vitamin D at the same time.

If you’re looking for a safe ride, take one of the bike paths under the SkyTrain lines, which are well marked and have crossing lights at busy streets.

Central Valley Greenway from Renfrew/Rupert SkyTrain station to Burnaby Lake

This route gives you views of Still Creek and takes about 1.5 hours roundtrip from Renfrew Station.

1. Pick up the Central Valley Greenway from the Renfrew or the Rupert SkyTrain station.

2. Head east, safely cross busy Boundary Road at the crossing light.

3. The greenway takes you behind Home Depot. After the Home Depot parking lot, turn right at Gilmore.

4. Cross Gilmore at Still Creek Avenue, heading for Dick’s Lumber.

Pick up the trail at Gilmore and Still Creek Avenue next to Dick’s Lumber.

Looking northwest behind Dick’s Lumber to the towers of Brentwood.

5. Follow the Central Valley Greenway, past the Toyota dealership on your left, Costco across the street on your right and the Burnaby Eco-centre (recycling centre) on your left. Be careful of the trucks leaving the driveways along this industrial stretch.

6. Cross Douglas Road and turn right where you can pick up the greenway next to Still Creek.

Sights along the way include the remains of a beaver dam in a small tributary that runs into Still Creek. Photo by Julie Cheng

7. Continue past the overpass near the Sperling SkyTrain station. The trails of Burnaby Lake are now 5 minutes away.

South of Sperling SkyTrain station heading east towards Burnaby Lake, now just 5 minutes away.

Enjoy a peaceful ride in the shade of trees.


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June 2020 issue of RCC News is here

 

Physical distancing is the new normal. But despite COVID-19, you can still stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay well and safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Norquay families get used to home schooling
  • January Wolodarsky leaves CNH after 23 years of bringing community together
  • Anti-racism town hall
  • Coronavirus fact and fiction: pandemic myths brings out racism
  • Help save the Renfrew Ravine from the invasive knotweed
  • Biking Still Creek to Burnaby Lake

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the July 2020 issue is June 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.