With sunshine in the forecast and birthday cakes iced red and white, local communities are set to wish the country a Happy 148th Birthday on Wednesday.
Canada Day kicks off with a $5 pancake and sausage breakfast at the Kiwanis Beaver Creek Park at 8 a.m. followed by barbecued 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 run throughout the day alongside games and activities for children.
The national anthem will be sung at noon with free cake to follow.
Free bus service with wheelchair accessibility is available to all with downtown Trail runs leaving Pine and Farwell Street at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Pick up and drop off sites are in Shavers Bench at Seventh Ave. and McBride; Highway Drive and the city works yard; and Old Waneta Road in front of Maglio Building Supplies.
The bus leaves the park at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
Fruitvale begins its celebrations in Haines Park at noon with firemen grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, old fashioned games for the kids, volunteer appreciation award presentations and music by Cathy Kolar.
If a dip in the pool sounds good, then the Warfield Centennial Pool will be open all day with Canada Day celebrations from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Staff has planned games and activities for all ages. Warfield Recreation will be serving hot dogs and a drink for $1, and birthday cake will be cut at 2:30 p.m.
Rossland has its traditional Canada Day hike up Mount Roberts beginning at 8 a.m. with the flag raising and group photo at 10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to gather at the Rossland Museum and carpool to the trailhead with Dave Grant leading the hike and Coun. Aaron Cosby carrying the flag.
While the hike has become an annual Rossland event, there are many “firsts” in the city this Canada Day.
Celebrations have moved from Pioneer Park to the spacious grounds of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre at the junction of Highway 3B and Highway 22.
Taking over July 1 festivities from the now-folded Rossland Chamber of Commerce was a natural transition that fit the museum’s mandate, says director Joelle Hodgins.
“The museum is a great place to hold a Canada Day event, and our property is huge,” she said. “So we really wanted to run the event.”
Live entertainment including the Golden City Fiddlers begin at noon, the Gold Fever Follies give a 20-minute show teaser at 1 p.m. and the Foggy Goggle Boys finish the day from 2-5 p.m. The beer garden runs until 5 p.m., and throughout the day barbeque and kettle corn will be served and children’s activities like face painting and crafts are planned.
Grade 8 student Molly Jamin, 12, will sing O Canada at 1:30 p.m. followed by Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore cutting cake.
Jamin is already a seasoned performer, having sang the national anthem for roller derby games and taken part in various talent shows.
But this is her first time singing the song in front of a crowd for Canada Day.
She admitted to having a bit of the jitters, summarizing the feeling with a word her friend suggested.
“I’m nervicited (nervous and excited),” she giggled.
Notably, the unseasonable hot and dry climate has lead to fire bans throughout the region and the cancellation of fireworks display at Gyro Park in Trail.