July 1 is a time for Canadians to celebrate. Whether that involves enjoying time with friends and family at a barbecue or picnic, out on the water or at the beach, there will be plenty of opportunities to mark Canada’s birthday this Monday in Powell River. The biggest party in town usually takes place at Willingdon Beach, and this year is no exception, according to City of Powell River community recreation program coordinator Shawna Rahier.
“We've changed up the event times this year,” said Rahier. “For the past few years it has been an afternoon event, and now we're going through until the evening.”
Celebrations kick off at 3 pm with an official welcome and singing of “O Canada” happening at 3:30 pm, accompanied by a giant cake. Musical and artistic performances will continue throughout the afternoon and evening including shows by Powell River Circus, Austin Parise, Spirit Singers, Toneados, 3D, Paradise, After August and Tyler Bartfai. There will be activities of interest for all ages, said Rahier.
“We have an excellent lineup of local musicians and performers, combined with many local food and sales vendors, and activities to keep kids entertained including two bouncy castles, a jouster, and games with our summer camp leaders,” she added.
Finally, at 10:15 pm, fireworks will commence.
“We're excited to end the celebration this year with a fireworks finale,” said Rahier. “It's been 10 years since we have had fireworks on Canada Day.”