Canada Day festivities in Nelson take place all day Monday at Rotary Lakeside Park. File photo

Canada Day festivities set for Nelson’s Rotary Lakeside Park

Here’s what’s happening Monday


The entertainment is scheduled and community groups are all gearing up with family-oriented activities, as the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce rolls out Canada Day 2019.

The Chamber of Commerce has been organizing Canada Day activities for Nelson and area for longer than they can remember.

President Tanya Finley says “there’s a lot of work that goes into organizing this Canada Day community celebration. Thanks to the chamber staff, and many chamber directors who have helped over the years with stage building, organizing, setting up and tearing down … and of course getting that giant four-by-eight-foot cake down to the park. Our day starts early and ends late, but the chamber enjoys putting together this free family fun day.”

Executive director Tom Thomson notes that Canada Day kicks off on Baker Street with the annual Lions Club pancake breakfast that runs from 8 to 11 a.m.

Following breakfast, you can head to Lakeside Park for the opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. with local dignitaries celebrating our diversity and culture, and with a colour guard of Nelson Police, RCMP and firefighters. That is followed by a rousing rendition of O Canada lead by the Heritage Harmony Barbershop singers and kicks off about 11 hours of music and dance entertainment.

One of the highlights each year is the giant birthday cake served up at 11 a.m. by chamber directors and members of Nelson city council. In fact, you can indulge throughout the day at the Rose Garden Café or enjoy the Rotary Club’s annual barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rotary shelter.

The park is alive with activity as there are close to 30 community groups and organizations at this year’s event, all of them offering up family-oriented kids activities, from sandcastles to bouncy castles, dragonboats to jump rope, art making to map making, tattoos to trivia.

Entertainment on stage gets underway at 10:45 following the opening ceremonies and runs through 9:45 p.m., with solo artists, bluegrass, blues, the Nelson Community Band, Playmor Junction Big Band, highland dancers, Rhythm Dance Drum Orchestra, Samba Band and the Nelson Rhythm Ropers with three shows, including a light show at 9:30 p.m. at the Labyrinth prior to the fireworks finale.

Thomson adds the day belongs to the community groups and organizations, volunteers and entertainers, but it wouldn’t be possible without fundraising and sponsors. “A special thanks to the Nelson Professional Firefighters for helping us order, transport and safely handle the fireworks finale around 10 p.m. that is always a crowd pleaser and a great way to end the day long celebration,” he said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Columbia Basin Trust shuffles board, new leaders at the table

The Trust is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors

School District 8: No visiting Chinese students have coronavirus

SD8 says its international students have already been screened for the virus

COLUMN: Slocan Valley environmentalist deserves thanks for tenacity

Marilyn Burgoon stepped in when no one else would to ensure justice in the Lemon Creek fuel spill

VIDEO: Nelson’s Emily Taylor wins bronze at junior weightlifting nationals

Taylor was competing in Edmonton as part of Team B.C.

Leafs clinch playoff spot with weekend road wins

Brandon Costa scored twice in his debut with Nelson

VIDEO: As 106 reported dead from the coronavirus outbreak, countries look to evacuate citizens

Canada is warning its residents to not go to Hubei province at all

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

Taxi association asks B.C. Supreme Court to stop Uber, Lyft from operating

Petition alleges Passenger Transportation Board did not take taxis into account

Majority of Canadian boards had no female members in 2016 and 2017: StatCan

Statistics Canada says 18.1 per cent of director seats were held by women in 2017

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

BC Place lights up in purple and yellow to honour Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Most Read