Sunshine Coast residents who want to join in celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday have lots of events to choose from on Saturday, July 1.
In Sechelt, a full day of activities kicks off at 8am with the Lions pancake breakfast at Cowrie and Inlet (by Pharmasave). At 9am the Farmer’s Market opens, and at 9:30am the Suncoast Concert Band will play at the Dock Plaza on Cowrie Street.
The biggest draw for crowds will be the Canada Day Parade, which starts at 10:30 am with a flyover by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The parade marches along Cowrie Street from Ocean Ave. to Inlet Ave., north on Inlet to Dolphin, and then up Dolphin to Hackett Park.
Events taking place in Hackett Park will include the Sechelt Firefighter Games, Coasters Car Club display, and free children’s activities from noon to 5 pm including music, crafts, games and bicycle safety training. “Sechelt’s Got Talent” will be held from 1pm to 5pm at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre.
Two other locations will have events all afternoon. Live music will take place at the Dock Plaza, and at Cowrie and Inlet, as well as other entertainment including beer gardens, bingo, and hula dancers. A full schedule is available at http://secheltdowntown.com/canadaday.
In Gibsons Landing, local historian Dale Peterson will lead a free historical walking tour, exploring the fascinating history of the area. He starts out from Pioneer Park, next to the Visitor Centre, at 10am.
After the tour, people may want to stop by the Gibsons Public Art Gallery, which is holding an open house with its “Sunshine Coast Pavilion” and book sale. Fill a bag with books for $10.
Gibsons will celebrate Canada Day from 2pm to 6pm in Winegarden Park. The afternoon starts with the Legion Colour Guard Opening Ceremony and National Anthem at 2pm. Cake will be served. Live music will be provided by Jim Foster, Billy Hillpicker Lite, and Heavy Mellow.
In Pender Harbour, Canada Day includes the Malaspina Regatta at Fisherman’s Resort & Marina, starting at 11am. It is free to watch from shore.
For those who want the party to continue, evening festivities include Dave’s Not Here at the Gibsons Legion (8 pm), Harpdog Brown Band at the Garden Bay Pub (8 pm), and Booty Sweat Bass Machine at the Roberts Creek Legion (9 pm).