Canada Day events planned

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In 2019, we cel­e­brate much the same way, with a tug of war, funny face con­test, greasy pole climb, egg toss, races and lots more.

— Bark­erville cu­ra­to­rial staff

Canada Day ac­tiv­i­ties can be en­joyed in a num­ber of ways and places.

The mul­ti­cul­tural per­son­al­ity of Canada, the foun­da­tion of in­clu­sion and cul­ture­blend­ing, is what leads the cel­e­bra­tions at the most pop­u­lar of the lo­cal events for Canada’s birthday. Canada Day In The Park hap­pens at Lhei­dli T’en­neh Memorial Park with mu­sic and danc­ing at the Ki­wa­nis Band­shell, in­for­ma­tional booths and a broad ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional food ven­dors around the grassy grounds, plenty of wild free-form joy at the playground and Ro­taract Water­spray Park, plus end­less ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­ests at Ex­plo­ration Place and the Lit­tle Prince rail­road rides.

It fin­ishes with a fire­works dis­play at 11 p.m. – all for fam­i­lies, all for free.

North of the city about 30 min­utes, you’ll find a more rus­tic form of na­tional cel­e­bra­tion. His­toric Hu­ble Homestead hosts Do­min­ion Day each July 1.

Take a trip to the past and cel­e­brate Canada’s birthday the old-fash­ioned way at the city’s liv­ing mu­seum with pi­o­neer farm­house, barns, gen­eral store, post of­fice black­smith shop, fish dry­ing camp and much more.

En­joy her­itage demon­stra­tions and mu­sic through­out the day, and take part in the Do­min­ion Day fes­tiv­i­ties by join­ing in pi­o­neer games and races, eat­ing con­tests, a spe­cial Cana­dian trea­sure hunt, and crafts.

Join the pa­rade across the site and after­wards en­joy a free piece of birthday cake, then kick back and re­lax with a hot meal from the bar­be­cue.

Ad­mis­sion by do­na­tion (rec­om­mended $10 for this event).

For a gold rush dose of pi­o­neer­ing fun, head down to Bark­erville on July 1. It’s ac­tu­ally the first place to ever cel­e­brate Do­min­ion Day, and they did it be­fore B.C. was part of the na­tional con­fed­er­a­tion.

“Just past mid­night on July 1, 1868, the Do­min­ion of Canada’s first an­niver­sary, Bark­erville cit­i­zens launched their own ver­sion of a 21 gun salute,” ex­plained Bark­erville cu­ra­to­rial staff. “Can­nons were in short sup­ply, so black pow­der charges were det­o­nated be­tween stacked anvils, pro­vid­ing a loud and rau­cous start to Canada’s in­au­gu­ral birthday party. A full slate of ac­tiv­i­ties fol­lowed through­out the day and long into the evening, capped off with a fire­works dis­play.

“In 2019, we cel­e­brate much the same way, with a tug of war, funny face con­test, greasy pole climb, egg toss, races and lots more. Sco­tia­bank spon­sors a gi­ant cake, and the House Ho­tel hosts an evening of en­ter­tain­ment, danc­ing and re­fresh­ments.”

An even older in­sti­tu­tion in the area also has a Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Founded in 1806 by Si­mon Fraser, the na­tional his­toric site of Fort St. James is on the brow of a view of Stu­art Lake and wrapped in the an­cient arms of Indige­nous cul­tures that still op­er­ate in the modern con­text to­day.

“Travel back to 1896 when wealth was mea­sured in fur pelts and sal­mon, the nat­u­ral bounty bartered by the Car­rier First Na­tions and Euro­pean fur traders at Fort St. James,” said Parks Canada staff.

“Tour Canada’s largest col­lec­tion of wooden build­ings faith­fully re­stored to the fur trade era. Spend the night in the his­toric Mur­ray house warmed by a wood stove and mem­o­ries of the fam­ily who lived here more than a cen­tury ago.”

The July 1 cel­e­bra­tions start with an

8 a.m. pan­cake break­fast then on through a slate of ac­tiv­i­ties like a pa­rade, live en­ter­tain­ment, kids crafts, magic show, hoola hoop demon­stra­tion, and more.

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