Local chainsaw artist Pete Ryan carves a buffalo out of a tree trunk at the Hope Visitor Centre on Canada Day.

Celebrating Canada’s 144th birthday

Thousands of people join the celebration in downtown Hope

About 4,000 people celebrated Canada Day in downtown Hope on Friday.

This year marked the debut of the new B.C. Strongman Competition in Memorial Park. The event saw 11 competitors participate in six events including the truck pull, car lift, tire flip and log press.

“It was unbelievable,” said organizer Karen Scalise, who also owns Muscleworks Gym. “Hope stood behind everyone and totally accepted this event. It was amazing how every competitor got cheered.”

The winners were Andrew McLean (men’s heavyweight),  Adam Champion (men’s lightweight) and Tina Augustynowicz (women’s open class). Local athlete Scott Nickel placed third in the men’s heavyweight division.

The Strongman Competition took place in conjunction with the annual Classic Car Show along Wallace Street. About 150 vehicles were on display, everything from a 1914 Ford Model T to a 2009 Dodge Challenger. A 1971 red Chevrolet pickup truck from Chilliwack won the fan favourite award. About $500 in donations were also raised for the local Story Time in the Park literacy program.

The Hope Visitor Centre offered live entertainment, kids activities, Canada Day cake, and information booths featuring local businesses and organizations.