Canada Day Bash
To tourists, White Rock is known for its rock, beach, and border crossing, but to the locals, the town is known for its Canada Day parties, one of the largest in Western Canada. The largest is in Surrey's Cloverdale.
Canadians love to party, and what better excuse to party, than the anniversary of their independence.
Although there are parties taking place all over the Vancouver area, one of the largest and most popular is right here in White Rock. The party goes on all day, from morning to night. It features food vendors and performers, such as belly dancers and local musicians. The party concludes with a 15 minute fireworks display, at 10:15.
The crowd was really mixed. It was mostly drunk teenagers, and hot Canadian girls, but there were also some middle aged people, seniors, and families with children. Most of the crowd was gathered around the the pier entrance.
There were some police officers watching the area to make sure things didn't get out of control, but despite all the drunk teenagers, we didn't see a single fight. They were actually well behaved, and weren’t looking to pick a fight, but just have a good time. Most of them just doing stupid stuff, like jumping off the pier, and acting wild. I think me and my cousin, were the only 2 people in that place, who weren't drunk.
We got there late in the day, so the party had died down a bit, but there was still some live music. Since we’ve seen so many firework shows in our lives, we didn’t stick around for the fireworks, and left early.
Canada Day is basically the Canadian 4th of July. It is celebrated every year on July 1, and is the country’s largest celebration.
Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when 3 British colonies were united to form one country, within the British Empire. The country which we today know as Canada. Originally known as Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed Canada Day in 1982, when Britain officially lost all political control, over the country.
Today 34,000,000 Canadians of all nationalities, celebrate Canada Day, each year.
Canada Day, is really no different than America’s 4th of July. The two holidays are both held at the beginning of July, just 4 days apart, everyone has the day off work, there are parties taking place all over the country, there are spectacular fireworks, and they even celebrate the same thing, independence from the British.
I have attended a Canada Day celebration in Osoyoos, but it wasn’t as crazy as this one.
Since I live in a small town, and have never seen a huge party like this, I found the celebration really interesting, but if you’re an American, this probably won’t interest you much. To be honest, the main purpose of my visit was just to experience, and document a bit of Canadian culture, but it was well worth it, and much more fun than I expected. I didn’t even mind the huge crowd.
If you’re in the area during Canada Day, it’s worth checking out.
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Turn the music down
As White Rock is a teen/20-something hang out in the summer, the local residences are really concerned about getting a good night sleep. So, there are local bylaws in effect regarding noise.. If you drive down the main strip with your windows down and your stereo blaring, don't be surprised if you get a hefty fine. The police just hang out on the strip and milk the noise cash-cow all day!
Here's a picture of the strip (Crescent Beach road I believe) from my friend's patio. That's Mt. Baker in the background.
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