The Nelson Lions Club Pancake breakfast got the Canada Day celebrations of to a hearty start on Baker Street and is open to everyone until 11 a.m. The official opening ceremonies commence at 10:45 a.m. at Lakeside Park with the Heritage Harmony Singers leading “Oh Canada”.

Put on your Canada Day party hats!

After the pancake breakfast on Baker Street, join the Canada Day festivities at Lakeside Park today.

It’s time to put on our proud to be Canadian red and white party hats and head down to Rotary Lakeside Park as once again the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce (NDCC) host Canada Day celebrations on July 1.

“The Chamber of Commerce has hosted this annual community celebration for many years, and it is with great pride that we honour Canada, with a community wide celebration,” said Tom Thomson, NDCC executive director. “Canada Day is a major Chamber of Commerce event each year, and a tremendous family oriented celebration of our greater community, with thousands of people attending from all over the region. We start early and end late!”

The opening ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. with an address by local dignitaries such as Mayor John Dooley and Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall. Let your eyes rise to the sky as The Nelson Pilot’s Association do a formation fly by.

One of the highlights each year is serving the Canada Day birthday cake at 11 a.m. followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.  Look out for Joshua’s Giant bubbles that boast 10 feet in size. At Lakeside beach, Endless Adventure will be offering free kayaking activity and instruction and there will be a sandcastle building contest and games by EzRock. There will be a children’s fishing pond, crafts and puppet making

Dozens of community groups will be involved throughout the day with a tremendous fireworks display at dusk (10 p.m.).

The entire day is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by Celebrate Canada, The City of Nelson, The Nelson Professional Firefighters, as well as several community minded businesses and individuals .

For the complete schedule, see pages 22 and 23 of the Nelson Star June 27 issue.

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