To those of us lucky enough to be born in Canada, we know that there is much more to us than being known as the nicest people on earth. Though we may not have been born with hockey sticks in hand, only #TrueCanadians know how to come together and celebrate our beautiful nation’s birthday. Since it became a statutory holiday in 1879, this birthday celebration has undergone a few different incarnations, but whether you refer to the holiday as Dominion Days or Canada Day (the name changed to the latter in 1983), you can celebrate at the Historic Stewart Farm not only on July 1st, but all weekend long!
Keep the party rolling all weekend with the biggest event the Historic Stewart Farm has ever thrown! This larger than life party is sure to put the “eh” in Canada. With the event spanning across July 1st AND July 2nd, the festivities are sure to give you more warm and fuzzy feeling than a Tim Horton’s double double.
The festivities are truly endless! Start of by grabbing your miniature flag and give it a good wave at the Calithumpian Parade. With the illusive Pacific North West sunshine even rumoured to make an appearance, join the Urban Forestry on a Forest Walk that provides the whole family a chance to get outdoors and run wild. The Re-Enactors performances are also a great way to relax and have a laugh. Known for breaking into song mid performance, the Re-Enactors keep history light and enjoyable for all audiences.
If you need a break from the action the Corycatures caricature sketch artist will be around to draw some larger than life portraits to take home as a nice keepsake of the day, and face painting will also take place throughout the whole day.
The Surrey Archives hosts a fun “Then and Now” spin the wheel game that will give you a peek into all 150 years of Canada’s official past. If you need more inspiration, prizes will be given out to the winners of the Victorian lawn games to help you in celebrating the way they did back in 1867. You can also try your hand at the“Beat the Bucket” dunk tank game and see if you can sink the unlucky participant.
The July First performers kick off with a spicy mix of country, rhythm, blues swing, and bluegrass as Little Mountain Trio will be playing on the stage at 2:45. Cici the Balloon Artist will be bringing creatures to life on the east lawn at 3:30, and at 3:45 Allen Barnett will be putting on an accordion performance. End the day off by singing along with a Choir performance with Rhayne.
July Second begins with family fun and Storytime with Zox of the Forest. Zox shares his love of the forest through songs, stories, skits, juggling and his puppet friends. Surrey International Folk Dancers will be lighting up the main stage at 2:45 followed by Ranj Singh’s performance of Indo-Folk music performing some of his newest work at 4:30 and then returning again to the stage at 5:30.
No matter what performances you choose to attend, or what day you visit, you can’t go wrong coming out to the Historic Stewart Farm to celebrate all of the amazing things Canada has achieved in the past 150 years!
Historic Stewart Farm
July 1& 2 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
13723 Crescent Road