Cake, fireworks part of annual Canada Day celebration

Music in the Park in Trail and annual hike to Mt. Roberts also among wide array of activities

This year’s Canada Day festivities are sure to keep the area busy, with events happening throughout the region all day and into the evening.

Things kick off with a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Kiwanis Beaver Creek Park at 8 a.m., followed by lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The craft fair, live entertainment and community group displays will run throughout the day, and other activities like face painting, scavenger hunts, teepee displays and bannock making start at 10 a.m. Birthday cake will be served at noon.

Out in Fruitvale, the village will be honouring volunteers as well as celebrating the country’s birthday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $2 hotdogs and pop will be for sale, along with cupcakes and music at Creekside Community Park.

There will also be Fur Trade Challenge, where kids get a fun history lesson moving from province to province recreating the fur trade.

Warfield Pool also has festivities planned from 1 to 3 p.m., including two for one drop in admission, games, face painting, cake at 2:30 p.m. and hotdogs for 25 cents.

Rossland is planning another hike up Mount Roberts, with a carpool leaving the Rossland Library at 9 a.m. for the trailhead on Cascade Highway.

A flag raising and picnic lunch will take place at noon at the summit; cake cutting and live music go from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pioneer Park.

In Trail, Gyro Park will host an extended session of Music in the Park, featuring Plan B, a mixture of rhythm and blues band led by local musician George Cappelletto.

Cappelletto has been a long-time fixture of the local music scene and has performed on Canada Day at Gyro Park twice before.  Opening for Plan B is 16-year-old Michela Sheedy, who will be performing at the Calgary Stampede again this July.

The show runs from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

A variety of festivities will also be held  in Salmo as well as Nelson.