The classic hot dogs and red and white flags aplenty this Canada Day, but read on to find out what other experiences are on the menu in Hope and area for the long weekend.
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Canada’s 151st birthday is not going unnoticed up the Canyon, with a celebration at the recently opened outdoor Almer Carlson Pool. Free swimming and cupcakes are promised, and $5 drinks and hot dogs for sale. ‘Bring a lawn chair’ organizers say, if the pool fills up the North Bend Hall will also be open for seating.
The Hope River General Store are serving up their yearly treat of a complimentary salmon grilled over an open fire using cedar sticks. Jolena Hope says this traditional Indigenous way of grilling salmon is 100 times better as it infuses the fish with the taste of cedar and smoke from the fire.
If that isn’t enough to get your mouth watering, the celebration will also include a beer garden, with all profits going to fund the barbecue, plus a 50/50 draw and a chance to bring home a filet of spring salmon from a meat draw. A DJ will play tunes and kids are more than welcome outside the beer garden.
The beer garden opens at noon and goes until 7 p.m. The first salmon is usually ready by 1 p.m., but the ideal time to avoid the rush is around 2 p.m. Hope said. Salmon is served until 4 p.m.
The town of Hope will not disappoint for Canada’s birthday, with an all-day celebration at Memorial Park, 6 Avenue Park and the legion. A 10 a.m. flag raising at Memorial Park will kick off celebrations, followed by a puppet show, local performers and a workshop where participants can construct their own musical instruments.
For the fans of classic cars, they can pop in to an all-day car show hosted by Hope Motorsports.
When celebrating a country which prides itself on its multiculturalism, why not head to a fair dedicated to just this? From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hope Legion, the Hope Inclusion Project is offering guests the chance to sample food from around the world, make international crafts and watch an original play.
The evening crowd can make their way to 6 Avenue park to hear live music from the country trio Hillside Outlaws and more country by the five members of Sweet Tequila. An adults only axe throwing event, not for the faint of heart, starts at 7 p.m. Throughout the night kids entertainment will be on offer, and for the big kids a beer garden is on until 10 p.m.
To round it all off, a 10 p.m. fireworks show is planned.
It’s a kids extravaganza at the Lighting Lake day use area in Manning Park. Kids crafts, face painting, music and historical entertainers are on the menu, as are free cupcakes. A barbecue will also be happening so don’t fill up on just sweets.
The Valley is kicking off celebrations one day early, with a family event Saturday, June 30.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a barbecue, kids games, popcorn and drinks at the Sunshine Inn. The Sunshine Valley Artist and Crafters Guild will also showcase their artistry at the Inn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photography, mixed media, scarves, decorator pillows, pottery, herbal teas, potted flowers, soaps, tinctures and jewelry are just some of the arts and crafts to look forward to.
To find out more about what’s happening in the community, the Sunshine Community Cooperative Club are having an open house June 30 from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with music by the Wild Onions.
On Canada Day proper, Sunshine Valley’s own Ashley Pater is performing with Destination Unknown 8 p.m. at Sunshine Valley RV Resort.
Yale Historic Site is offering free admission from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors can look forward to a barbecue with free hot dogs, a raffle, face painting and other kids activities and free gold panning. Cake is also on the menu, as is a cake walk game.
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