Canada Day celebrations are in full swing at Lakeside Park today. Three youngsters were dressed for the occasion.

Red, white and Canadian all over

It's heating up at Lakeside Park as Canada Day celebrations continue with live music until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Canada is 147 today and lovely Lakeside park is full of patriotic Canadians and visitors celebrating the national holiday. After the massive Canadian flag cake was served by Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, a truck full of refreshing red watermelon was on the chopping block thanks to Save-On-Foods.

On the beach the sand castle building contest brought out serious sculptured creations which ranged from a huge and very adorable otter to the likes of BOB, the big orange bridge and a spiky serpent named George. Further down the beach, ROAM is giving free short demos of sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddle boards as well as half and full day rentals until 5 p.m. today.

SEEDS gave tours of their outdoor garden, while the barbecue hosted by Rotary fed  what seems like an Army of folks in the cooling shade.

Of course the Nelson and District Community Centre had a colourful games area for kids to throw sopping sponges, make jewelry, and funky bowling.

Mayor John Dooley was all smiles greeting friends and making new ones.

The trolley staff were in full uniform and busy as could be with free trolley rides all day. The museum is open today for a sneak peak on what they hope to open soon,  all with with no funding.

While the main stage is full of music until 10 p.m., young buskers were playing polkas for fun on their keyboard and recorder near the main trolley station. A group of renegade cyclists rolled towards Lakeside Park on their one of a kind decorated two wheel pedal pushers.

There’s still plenty of time to join in the festivities. Live music is on the main stage right now. Don’t miss the fireworks at 10 p.m. which can also be seen from Lakeside.

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