Rossland Museum, August 1967. (Courtesy of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre)

Rossland to celebrate four milestones on Canada Day

Rossland will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday alongside three other milestones on July 1.

Rossland will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday alongside a number of other milestones at the Canada Day celebration on July 1.

This year marks not only 150 years of confederation, but also the City of Rossland’s 120th birthday, the Rossland Museum’s 50th anniversary and the Gold Fever Follies’ 30th anniversary. The July 1 Canada Day celebration at the Rossland Museum, 12-4 p.m., will mark each of these occasions with a cake.

“Four fabulous cakes with four different flavours,” says Courtney Jewitt, museum board member.

The event will include plenty of fun activities and games for kids, including gold panning, face painting and city trucks to climb on.

There will also be food trucks, a beverage tent with pop and juice, and a number of booths — the Rossland Public Library, the Rossland Heritage Commission, One Tree Adventures (formerly Nature Detectives) and Christina Lake are all expected to participate.

For entertainment, the Gold Fever Follies will perform a couple of songs from this year’s performance and will lead everyone in singing “O Canada.” The Golden City Fiddlers will also perform and there will be a children’s performer this year (who also happens to be the museum’s archives assistant).

And of course, no Rossland Canada Day would be complete without a hike up Mount Roberts. Anyone wanting to participate in the hike should meet in the museum parking lot at 8 a.m.

The celebration will be held the day after the grand opening of the newly renovated museum, so it will also give people a chance to check out the changes.

“The grand opening will include an unveiling of our Canada 150, Rossland 120 and Museum 50 exhibits,” says Joelle Hodgins, museum director.

The Canada 150 celebration continues on July 4, when the Canadian Coast to Coast Classic Vehicle Tour rolls through town. The Rossland Museum has invited the coasters to stop by and check out its exhibits.

“They’re just going to roll in as they get to the area and spend hopefully a couple of hours each looking around the museum themselves while we look at their cars,” explains Hodgins.

The museum will also hold an official ribbon-cutting event for the newly renovated building on July 4, 50 years to the day after the museum first opened, at 11 a.m.


Sod turning ceremony at the site of the Rossland Museum, 1966. (Courtesy of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre)

Ribbon cutting ceremony by Mrs. Frank Ross at the opening of the Rossland Museum July 4, 1967. Courtesy of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre

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