canada day surrey

Start planning for the party of the year! Because Surrey, BC, is the place to be July 1st 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday! It’s the biggest and best Canada Day celebration in all of western Canada.

All of us at Shooting Star Amusements are immensely proud of this great country and grateful for the opportunities it has provided. So we are pumped to once again bring our midway fun to Canada Day in Surrey and share the fun with everyone.

Head for the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park, right next to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, for a jam-packed day of rides, food, amusements, music, and fireworks!

By the way… admission is FREE!

Essential Details

Date: July 1, 2017

Hours: 10:00am – 10:30pm

Address: 17728 64 Ave., Surrey, BC V3S 1W8

Midway Hours: 10:00am – 10:15pm

Youth Park Jam: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Parking free at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Skytrain hours extended for Canada Day.

Tel: 604-591-4811


Headliners – Hedley and Magic!

It’s truly an all Canadian party with the live music being led by local Abbotsford boys Hedley and Toronto-based Magic!  Here’s a link to the schedule of performers so you can be sure to catch your favourites.

And, man, can you ever be up close to the performers. Check out the photo in this article from the City of Surrey. Look how close to the stage you’ll be. You can even enjoy all the music while riding Shooting Star’s Ferris Wheel or other amazing rides.

And remember, admission to the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre is FREE. So, you can enjoy this amazing line-up of acts for nothing!

Amusement Rides and Games

On July 1st, all the kids are fresh out of school for the year and itching to let their hair down. What could be better for that than laughing and thrilling to their favourite amusement rides and carnival games?

Remember to buy ticket books when you get there. The midway action opens at 10am and closes at 10:15pm. Be sure to use up your ride tickets before 10:15, because…


The fireworks start at 10:30pm. Set up your chairs and blankets on the grass early for what promises to be a humdinger of a display. We have the inside word that the organizers are pulling out all the stops for this big 150th Canada Day extravaganza in Surrey.

There’s Something for All Ages

In addition to the rides, games, food, and music, there is the annual Strawberry Tea for seniors at the recreation centre. There will also be a Kids World zone presented by the Downtown Surrey BIA. Plus Canada-themed face painting, crafts, and more.

Getting There

The City of Surrey has provided this page that includes helpful information and links about transportation to and from the celebrations, as well as parking. We certainly recommend using transit to avoid parking hassles, if you can. But if you do drive, parking is FREE, so be early. Meanwhile, you can ride your bike as well, because there will be a designated bike lockup area provided.

By the way, the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre is only a 15-minute drive from the Pacific Highway border crossing. So, we’d love to see many of our friends from Washington State make the trip to join in the 150th fun.

Stay Up to Date

Get all the latest updates and details. Give the official Facebook page a like and follow the Twitter page.

We can’t wait to see you at Canada Day Surrey 2017 for the party of the year!


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point grey fiesta

A review on Facebook reads: “Best west side celebration there is. A truly neighbourhood event, it’s always wonderful to connect with others in the area. There is a ton of fun to be had!”

That sums up the Point Grey Fiesta perfectly.

If you’re anywhere in or near the Vancouver area, head to the 2017 Point Grey Fiesta from Friday June 16th through Sunday June 18th.

It’s Community Party Time

Every year, the West Point Grey Community Centre partners with local businesses and Shooting Star Amusements to host this enchanting way of bringing people together to kick off summer. In true community style, the Point Grey Fiesta is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit event that is all about families, friendship and fun.

If you like a festival with amusement rides, midway games, great food, and fun community activities, this event is for you. It is WAAAAY less stressful than going to the PNE, that’s for sure. And the views from the park or the Ferris Wheel are out of this world!

Plus… admission to all events is FREE!

Discounts Available for Rides!

The rides start whizzing and whirling at 3:00pm on Friday June 16th until approximately 9 or 10:00pm (depending on the weather) at Trimble Park, on the corner of 8th Avenue and Trimble St. They’ll be running again Saturday 17th 11:00am to about 9:00pm and Sunday 18th 12 noon until 5:00pm.

Want some great deals on tickets and wristbands? Check out how here. You can buy early bird tickets and save big bucks if you head to these merchants on West 10th Avenue:

  • Kaboodles 4449 – W. 10th Avenue
  • Enda B – 4346 W. 10th Avenue
  • Hair by Gina & Co – 4554 W. 10th Avenue
  • Hewer’s Hardware – 4459 W. 10th Avenue
  • Cobblestone Children’s Consignment – 4394 W. 10th Avenue
  • The Good Stuff – 4515 W. 10th Avenue

You can also buy wristbands for all day riding at great value. Even save $5 if you present a Point Grey Fiesta Postcard at the ticket booth at Trimble Park.

Sunday June 18th is Father’s Day and dads ride FREE!

Speaking of Events…

Here’s the schedule. For starters, the park will be jumping each day with roving jugglers, balloon artists, mimes, you name it. We told you it was a charming community style event. Saturday will have live performances going on in Trimble Park from 11am until 3:30pm.

There will be exhibits, a petting farm, plus the Community Centre Day Camp offering free kid’s fun, popcorn, and showcasing summer camps coming up for 2017. There will even a bike decorating contest for the kids.

On Saturday morning, build up your energy with the pancake breakfast at Safeway on 10th Ave from 8:30 until 10:00.

Plus, the annual tradition…

The Parade!

Who doesn’t love marching bands and floats? Stake out your viewing spot. Here’s the map. The parade runs from 10am until 11:30. The route starts at Blanca St and 10th Ave, heads along 10th, turns onto Discovery St, and finishes at Trimble Park where you can then refresh with some awesome mini-donuts and cotton candy before playing your favourite midway games and laughing on the big rides.

Parking, Maps and Transit Info

We’ve got you covered. Here’s the info you need, including bus routes and Park & Ride info.

Get All the Latest Info

Be up to date with all the latest news, developments and announcements on the Point Grey Fiesta Facebook page.

OMG, we can’t wait! The Point Grey Fiesta is almost here!

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Lumby Days 2017

Want to take part in one of the best community celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in one of the nation’s most beautiful spots? Then come to Lumby, BC, from Friday June 9th through Sunday June 11th, 2017!

Just 25km east of Vernon, nestled in the stunning Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, the friendly, family-oriented town of Lumby has an annual fair that’s renowned far and wide. It’s called Lumby Days.

To mark this awesome occasion of Canada turning 150, Lumby is pulling out all the stops. This year’s Lumby Days is chock-full of exciting events and family fun activities. Plus you’ll get a glimpse into the region’s amazing history.

Head to Glencaird Street and you’ll find everything you need.

Admission is FREE!

You read that right. It costs nothing to enter the Lumby Days parks and family festival!

Want to Laugh, Learn and Be Amazed?

When events range from the Monashee Arts Council Show for handcrafts through to Thrash Wrestling, it’s no lie to say Lumby Days has something for everyone.

For history and culture buffs, the Vernon Placer Mining Club’s show will take you back to the gold rush era that started the boom in western Canada. See gold panning demonstrations and try your hand at being a gold miner yourself. Meanwhile, the Shuswap Pioneer Collector’s club exhibition will display items used by BC’s early settlers. Logging is an important part of Lumby’s history and the Laughing Loggers will perform some hilarious lumberjack tricks that will have you in stitches.

If adventure is in your blood, the Valhalla Helicopters can show you the beauty of the Okanagan from high up. Then there’s the Lumby Air Races featuring hang gliders and paragliders from all over Canada. Plus there’s Extreme Freestyle Motorcross, which is one of the highlights of Lumby Days. You’ll be stunned watching the acrobatic stunts these fearless riders do.

Back By Popular Demand… Shooting Star’s Midway!

We are beyond thrilled to come back to Lumby and we’re bringing everyone’s favourite midway rides, games and entertainments to celebrate. We dearly love this town and its people.

The midway rides and games open on Friday June 9th at 3:00pm on Glencaird Street. You can print a coupon off our website to save $5 off for that day’s wristband. (A wristband will save you a ton of money and hassle as it entitles you to unlimited rides.)

Saturday and Sunday, you can ride from noon until 5:00. Ride wristbands are just $35 on these days.

By the way, there is nothing like a view of the Monashee Mountains from the Ferris Wheel. Just sayin.

Kids Will Be On Cloud Nine

Lumby Days is definitely a great event for children. Bring school groups, social clubs, sporting teams, you name it. There are so many activities planned especially for them:

  • Miniature Monster Petting Zoo. See momma llama and her baby, plus miniature donkeys, rabbits, ducks, and goats!
  • Kalamalka Caring Clowns
  • Face Painting with Krystal
  • Barrel of Fun
  • Car painting
  • Kids arts & crafts
  • Floppy Shot Mini Golf
  • And more!

The Centerpiece of Lumby Days: the PARADE

This is a huge hit at Lumby Days year after year! Families come from all over the Okanagan to thrill to the marching bands and the colourful floats.

Stake out your vantage point now! The parade starts on Saturday June 10th at 11:00am at the Industrial Park east of Lumby and makes its way along Vernon St (Highway 6), then right on Shuswap Ave, right on Maple Street, and finishes on Shields Ave by the Pat Duke Memorial Arena. The Vernon Flying team is scheduled to fly over before the parade starts, so you might want to get there early!

So Much More in Lumby!

Did you know that Lumby is world renowned as a premier destination for hang gliding, skydiving and paragliding? The town hosts national and international events for these sports. Plus, with more than 100 trails within walking distance from the town centre, Lumby is known as the Hiking Capital of Canada.

See you at Lumby Days for an awesome celebration of our country’s 150th birthday!

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oak bay tea partyWho wants to attend a carnival that has a spectacular airshow, a colourful parade, a hilarious bathtub race, and dazzling fireworks, all set in the picturesque scenery of Vancouver Island? Shooting Star does, for starters! Hold on to your hats because there could almost be too much fun in Victoria on the first weekend of June. It’s time for the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party

It’s a Huge Celebration

The Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual family community event that provides a venue for service groups like the Kiwanis and Lions to fund raise for their various community projects. This year’s bash will be held from Saturday June 3rd through Sunday June 4th at Willows Beach, Victoria, BC, and is promising to be mega-fun. It not only marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, but also the Tea Party’s 55th year.

Rides and Games in the Sunshine

Already glorious sunny weather has descended on British Columbia and we’re set for an AMAZING time. Think of the views from the Ferris Wheel overlooking stunning Oak Bay!

The Shooting Star gang will be opening the midway at Willows Park (corner of Beach Drive and Dalhousie Street, beside the Kiwanis Tea House) at 4:00pm on Friday June 2nd. Opening night is Wristband Night, so get your wristbands for unlimited rides at discount prices. 

Saturday is Mad Hatter Day! The midway opens at 10:00am and goes until 10:00pm.

And on Sunday, you can get your fill of carnival thrills from 10:00am until 7:00pm.

There will be LOADS of amusement rides to choose from! From the Merry-Go-Round to the Ferris Wheel to the Sizzler, you and your family will have the time of your life. Don’t forget the Bumper Cars. Crashing and spinning into others will make everyone laugh hysterically!

Plus we have all the classic midway games to amuse all generations and strengthen bonds in friendly competition.

Events Not to be Missed

The 2017 Tea Party is jam packed with awesome events.

  • Fireworks! 10:00pm on Saturday June 3rd, make sure you have your folding chair or picnic blanket set up because the sky is going to light up in a major way.
  • Bathtub Race: This has become the classic defining event each year. There are no words to describe the sight of real bathtubs racing in the water. At 1:00pm on Sunday June 4th, get ready to cheer and laugh as contestants try to navigate their bathtubs to the finish line at Willows Beach.
  • The Annual Parade. On Saturday you can watch the annual Oak Bay Tea Party Parade. Many local organizations will be there with their colourful floats, and kids of all ages will be riding decorated bikes, scooters and tricycles. The parade starts at Windsor Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 3rd and will proceed through the streets to Willows Park for the ribbon ceremony.
  • Airshow: At 2:00pm on Sunday, be mesmerized by the spectacular airshow. The unbelievable aerobatics and skydivers will leave you breathless.
  • There will be bands, bands, BANDS all day Saturday and into Sunday.
  • Plus… a sea rescue demonstration, kayak rides, the Mayor’s Floating Teacup Race, the list goes on and on.

Did We Say Food?

Shooting Star’s food vendors are right now ordering the best and freshest burgers, fries, hotdogs, candy floss, ice cream, lemonade, Mexican delights, and of course, those delicious mini-donuts!

Meanwhile, before the midway opens, the Esquimalt Lions are hosting a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am until 11:00am.

So, what are you waiting for? Victoria locals are already scoping out their firework watching spots. If you’re coming from the mainland, reserve your ferry spots NOW! Hurry! You don’t want to miss a second of all the fun at the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party!

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group outing ideas / bc spring carnivalDo you have a special event coming up and are racking your brain how to make it super fun? Are you searching for a great idea for your social group, your club, your company department, or even your sporting team? Group outings to pubs and restaurants are OK, but you want something that will really entertain and bond people.

How about bringing them to one of BC’s spring and summer carnivals and setting them loose on the midway games and rides. It might just be the perfect way to bring everyone together for a reward and a special occasion full of smiles and laughter. Throughout spring and summer 2017, Shooting Star Amusements will be at carnivals all over BC, bringing laughter and joy to everyone. 

A Carnival Outing is Great for ALL These Groups

  • Graduation parties
  • Birthday parties
  • Family reunions
  • School field trips
  • Big brothers and big sisters
  • Tweens who want a little freedom from Mum and Dad
  • Church groups
  • Social clubs
  • Seniors groups
  • Corporate teams
  • Sporting teams
  • Special needs groups

How many activities can you name that will satisfy this many?!

The Group Outing That Actually Works for Everyone

Choosing an activity for a group outing sure has its challenges. You have to make sure the activity suits the ages, interests and abilities of all group members.

Sure, you can do escape rooms, but certain personalities tend to dominate. Movies are good, yes, but there’s not much interactive fun. A pub outing is good, but only for certain age groups and provided nobody drinks too much. A concert appeals only to some people. Same for a sporting event or activity.

This is where one of BC’s spring and summer carnivals comes to the rescue with a wide variety of amusements and activities to suit multiple tastes, age groups, personalities and needs.

Attractions for All Generations

Midway rides make for amazing memories and huge smiles. From the Merry-Go-Round to the Ferris Wheel to the Lightning Bolt, there’s a ride for everyone.

Then there are midway games that are not only fun but strengthen friendships and bonds through laughter and friendly competition.

Otherwise, from live music to dog shows to arts and crafts, a carnival has activities for everyone to enjoy.

Then there’s food… burgers, fries, hotdogs, candy floss, ice cream, lemonade, Mexican delights, you name it, plus… the famous mini-donuts beloved by all.

Great for You the Host

Hosting a carnival group outing means easy planning and there’s nothing for you to set up. All the activities and entertainments are already there, waiting for your guests to enjoy. And the added bonus? You won’t have to clean up afterwards! 

A Memorable Gift to Give and Receive

A group outing to a BC spring/summer carnival is quite simply a great gift that people will always remember. There is no better way to strengthen friendships, team spirit, or family bonds than experiencing fun, joy and laughter together.

Where the 2017 Carnival Action is At

Shooting Star is bringing its midway to all these places. See you there!

Rutland May Days 2017 May 19 – May 21 2017 Rutland, BC
Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre 2017 May 26 – May 28 2017 Penticton, BC
Oak Bay Tea Party 2017 Jun 02 – Jun 04 2017 Oak Bay, BC
Lumby Days 2017 Jun 09 – Jun 11 2017 Lumby, BC
Pt. Grey Fiesta 2017 Jun 16 – Jun 18 2017 Vancouver, BC
Surrey Canada Day 2017 Jul 01 – Jul 01 2017 Surrey, BC
Quesnel Billy Barker Days Carnival 2017 Jul 13 – Jul 16 2017 Quesnel, BC
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Festival 2017 Jul 29 – Jul 30 2017 Maple Ridge, BC
Abbotsford Agrifair 2017 Aug 04 – Aug 06 2017 Abbotsford, BC
Penticton Peach Festival 2017 Aug 08 – Aug 13 2017 Penticton, BC
Vancouver Island Exhibition 2017 Aug 18 – Aug 20 2017 Nanaimo, BC
Bulkley Valley Exhibition 2017 Aug 24 – Aug 27 2017 Smithers, BC
Salmon Arm Fall Fair 2017 Sep 08 – Sep 10 2017 Salmon Arm, BC
Rock Creek and Boundary Fair 2017 Sep 16 – Sep 17 2017 Rock Creek, BC


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Popular Shooting Star Rides for BC’s 2017 Carnival SeasonWhat are your strongest memories of going to carnivals and fairs as a child? Whenever I ask people that question, their faces light up and they think back to a time of pure innocence and joy. Then the answers come. Some say the famous mini-donuts. Others recall the midway games and happy times in the great weather. But everyone, without exception, remembers their favourite amusement rides.

Whenever you think of a carnival, you think rides. As you approach one, the big rides are the very first things that come into view, generating excitement no matter how old you are.  Read More »

spring and summer carnivals BCWhen a carnival arrives in your British Columbia town, you know your kids will not let you off the hook about taking them to it. You have to admit, though, a visit to a carnival in the spring or summer in BC is a great chance for the whole family to get outside and shake off the rainy weather blahs. If it’s the summer when school’s out, a day or two at a carnival can ease the pressure on you to come up with yet another activity that will keep the kids from dying of boredom. Read More »

Rutland May Days ProposalRutland May Days 2017 is fast approaching! We know the word gets overused, but Kelowna’s best annual carnival festival is going to be AWESOME!

Going into its 58th year, making it Kelowna’s longest running festival, Rutland May Days for 2017 will run from May 19th to 21st.

Of course, while the memories made at Rutland May Days are priceless, it’s certainly true that some families feel like an outing to the carnival can leave a big hole in their wallets. It’s not because the event itself is expensive; it’s more about knowing how to keep track of dollars and make them stretch farther. We have some easy tips to help you take the family to this year’s event, get the most out of it, and not break the bank. Read More »

penticton spring flingAaahh, Penticton in spring! It’s glorious! Right now the entire Okanagan Valley is waking up from winter and shining with colour. The blossoms are out, the mountains look stunning, and the roads are clear. The driving season is upon us… which means so is BC’s carnival season!

When you think of Penticton and carnivals, you probably think of the world famous Penticton Peach Festival, often just called Peachfest. But that’s in August, which is still months away. You need a dose of fun NOW!

Well, then come to the 2017 Penticton Spring Fling!

Come to Perfect Penticton

With the average May daytime maximum hitting a perfect 20 degrees, come enjoy Shooting Star’s midway rides, games and food from May 26th to 28th. On those days, we’ll have everything set up at the South Okanagan Events Centre, 853 Eckhardt Ave WestRead More »

Spring 2017 Family Events in British Columbia Spring 2017 in British Columbia cannot come fast enough! Not only because we are absolutely sick of winter but because there are amazing spring events in BC coming up.

Of course, several of those events involve midway fun as the first BC carnivals for the 2017 kick off!

Ah, Spring in BC…

As we write this, winter is still trying to bring us down with yet more snow across our province. But any day now the milder weather will win the battle and we will put on our shorts and head out to enjoy incredible forest and mountain vistas.  Read More »

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