Celebrating Canada’s 147th birthday in Hope

Tuesday's festivities included the Canada Day Car Show & Shine, live music, fire spinning and fireworks

A member of Vesta Fire Entertainment performs at Sixth Avenue Park on Canada Day as part of the evening entertainment lineup organized by Recreation

A member of Vesta Fire Entertainment performs at Sixth Avenue Park on Canada Day as part of the evening entertainment lineup organized by Recreation

The Canada Day Car Show & Shine in Memorial Park had a record 207 entries this year.

A variety of classic and antique cars and trucks lined the grass area, everything from a 1912 Hudson to a 2011 Challenger, and a British Austin Healey to an American Corvette.

“I think that we have built up a reputation for being an easy going, fun event,” said Scott Medlock, with Hope Motorsports Group. “Car show folks enjoy the drive to Hope from Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna etc. It is a nice place to spend an afternoon.”

This year’s event had the largest turnout, best weather and most variety. In addition to the entries on the grass, at least another 30 cars were parked on the road.

“Hope is a special place to so many of our visitors,” said Medlock. “As I walked around the show and talked to the car owners they all seem to have a wonderful story about why they love Hope. We also have a great group of car owners that live in Hope and they make up a good part of the show.”

The July 1 festivities in Memorial Park also included live music with Shades O’Grey, Hope Mountain Market, Hope Brigade Days raffle, and smokies and hamburgers provided by the Hope Lions. On Tuesday night, Recreation, Culture, & Airpark Services hosted an evening lineup at Sixth Avenue Park featuring a performance by Po-co & Yowza, music by Andrew Allen, fire spinning with Vesta Fire Entertainment, a bouncy castle, s’more roasting, barbecue, kids games and activities, and a fireworks display by FireWx.

For more photos from Canada Day, visit The Hope Standard Facebook page.