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Canada Day Extravaganza

From Beats on the Beach to Fire in the Sky,

Plan for a Fun-Filled Family Event

Canada Day in Lions Bay is shaping up to be a winner, with events beginning in mid-afternoon and running until long after dark. The Watershed talked to Event Committee Chair Riley Darr to get a feeling for the day.

"The fun kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with field and foot races for the kids, along with crafts and face painting," she said. "The official Canada Day program commences at 5 p.m. with a welcome address from Mayor Ken Berry, and the singing of O Canada by a group of Lions Bay kids, led by Tanya Cosgrave. We'll also have a flag raising, and delicious cake for all, donated by Red Couch Bakery."

Throughout the day, a number of Lions Bay Committees will have booths set up to share information, and after 5:30 p.m. the food trucks roll in. "We have Mags 99 confirmed again this year, and a second food truck is just being finalized and will be announced shortly. And once you grab your spot on the beach to enjoy the evening with other Lions Bay families, JT James will be spinning the latest beats and family hits for everyone to enjoy."

Darr adds that the kids craft tables will stay open all evening, and that fireworks are expected to begin at 10 p.m. "In an abundance of caution, Lions Bay Fire Rescue will have a fire truck on site with lines pulled to ensure the fireworks display is safe for our community."

Darr suggests that residents walk or carpool down to the Beach Park. She notes that resident parking will be available along Lions Bay Avenue, and also on Seaview Place and other streets above the train tracks.

The day's events are sponsored by Thyra McKilligan Real Estate and Combined Comfort Systems Heating and Cooling.

Darr says that her goals for the day are to bring as many Lions Bay families to the beach park as possible, to enjoy the day and spend time together as a community. "Last year's event was incredibly special and we hope to make this year even better! It's a fun, free, family event that we hope all ages will enjoy, and we welcome families from other communities to share in the party with us."

Darr is quick to thank her support staff of volunteers. "We have a core group of individuals who volunteer to help us from set up to tear down. Ryan Bruce and I are the co-chairs of the Events Committee, but we could not put these events on without their help."

She extends another word of thanks to Village Office and Public Works staff for their support. "Also, Ryan's wife Parvaneh and my husband Jason are both very patient with us as we spend hours planning and preparing for events."

For more information, or to volunteer for the event, contact

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