Sunshine, birthday cake and fireworks at dusk are a few highlights planned for Canada Day festivities in Greater Trail this year.
Canada Day kicks off with a $5 pancake and sausage breakfast at the Kiwanis Beaver Creek Park at 8 a.m. followed by a feast of barbeque hamburgers and hot dogs plus fun for the family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Live entertainment, a craft fair and community group displays will run throughout the day alongside kids activities such as face painting and scavenger hunts.
To honour Canada’s 146th birthday, the national anthem will be sung by Leanne Harrison at noon with free cake to follow.
Wayne Hodgson, Kiwanis organizer, said that portable tents will be set up around the park for shade or for cover in case of a downpour.
This year, a free bus service with wheelchair accessibility is available to all party-goers.
The bus leaves Pine and Farwell Street in downtown Trail at 9 and 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m.
Pick up and drop offs sites are in Shavers Bench at Seventh Ave. and McBride; Highway Drive at the city work’s yard; and Old Waneta Road in front of Maglios.
The bus leaves the park at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Out in Fruitvale, Haines Park will be the site of Canada Day celebrations which include historical games for the kids, $2 hotdogs and music by “Freaky Friday.”
This year, the village is focusing on the war of 1812 and invites children to participate and re-enact pivotal events during the war, including “Laura Secord’s journey.”
Lots of prizes, including ‘small treasures,’ puzzles and colouring books to illustrate that period in Canadian history will be handed out to the children, said Mayor Patricia Cecchini.
Further east, the Salmo Valley Farmers Market will host its second annual “Lettuce Turnip the Beet,” music celebration from 2-8 p.m. on its site at 311 Railway Avenue. The “Show and Shine” will be across the street and several vendors will be set up, said Maurgo Wilson, market manager.
Rossland is planning another hike up Mount Roberts, with a plan to converge at the top for a picnic lunch and to sing the national anthem while the flag is raised at 11:30 a.m.
If hiking is not your thing, then the alpine city has an afternoon of food and music at the Pioneer Park from 12-3 p.m., with cake cutting at 1 p.m.
In Trail, the Gyro Park concession will be open and fireworks, courtesy of the Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue, will light up at dusk.