This Canada Day, celebrations were amped up around the country and in Nanaimo, to celebrate this great country’s 150th birthday. In this article we will run you through what happened this year, and also take a look back through the history to inform you on how we got to this point.
Celebrations were had by thousands of members of the community over a ten day festival which started on the 21st of June, and climaxed on July the 1st – which is Canada Day. Friends and family came together to rejoice in everything Canadian. Nanaimo builds its offer each year, and 2017 saw the biggest year of celebrations yet. Events were organised by the City of Nanaimo in collaboration with the official Canada 150 Committee to throw the country a birthday party it will be hard to forget.
Absolutely everyone who was anyone were involved in the celebrations. There were a number of interactive stalls through Maffeo-Sutton park including a mouth-watering array of food vendors, as well as offerings from Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo SPCA, the Royal Canadian Navy, and Purple Pirate. There was also a very well attended commemorative Bathtub run (an annual event until 1996), and a whole host of performances including Bastion City Cloggers, Scottish Country Dancers, Chinese Dancers, Ballroom and Latin Line Dancers, and even Square Dancers!
There were also choirs, award winning performer Rick Scott, Violinists, Blues Artists, Big Band, and a Fiddelium!
There was something to suit every taste, which made the celebration all the more special. HMCS Nanaimo was docked to allow revellers to view the majestic ship which is also celebrating its 20thbirthday.
The event was drawn to a close with a fantastic fireworks display as the sun came down over Nanaimo Harbour.
Different areas of the region held their own celebrations alongside the main line of events. Parksville kicked things off with a pancake breakfast, at Qualicum beach they did the same and had their own parade. Ladysmith celebrated through music, both local performers and international took to the stage.
Canada Day is really a chance for people to demonstrate their pride in the history, and cultural achievements. This is why, the Canada Day Challenge has been a big part of celebrations for many years.
It is a chance for local young people between the ages of 8 and 18 to express their national pride through a variety of creative art projects which are a cornerstone to the celebrations across the nation.
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