A family enjoys the Canada Day breakfast at Lakeside Park in 2013. File photo

Canada Day festivities set for Lakeside Park

Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m.

Canada Day in Nelson kicks off at Lakeside Park at 10:30 a.m. on July 1 with a series of addresses beginning with Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce president Michael Borch, Mayor Deb Kozak, Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski all delivering special addresses.

Also taking part in the opening ceremonies will be the Nelson Police Department, Nelson RCMP and Nelson Professional Firefighters and Nelson city councillors.

One of the highlights each year is the serving of giant four foot by eight foot Canada Day birthday cake, followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages, including a giant bouncy castle, sandcastle contest on the beach, a Friends of the Family Fishing Pond, and booths from Touchstones, the Izu-shi Friendship Society, Selkirk College, and Sail Nelson just to name a few.

Those wishing to attend can get to and from the main Lakeside Park area thanks to a free Canada Day Streetcar #23 sponsored by the Nelson and District Credit Union.

The entire day is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by a number of community minded business as well as The City of Nelson, RDCK Areas E, F and H.

Special thanks to The Nelson Professional Firefighters who volunteer their time to safely shoot off the fireworks display paid for by local business sponsors.

The Chamber thanks all of the local business sponsors, the community groups that provide activities for the day, plus local and regional musicians that keep the day rolling from the 10:30am opening ceremonies throughout the day until the fireworks display beginning around 10pm.

Chamber executive Director Tom Thomson notes that the days starts early and ends late for the Chamber of Commerce volunteers as the stage and site set up starts at 7 a.m., and packing up and heading home around 11 p.m. It’s a lot of fun for the community, in one of the best locations in Canada to host the festivities, Nelson’s picturesque Lakeside Park.

Anyone planning on coming down through the day is urged to bring along some beach chairs.

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