The parade is always a highlight of Chemainus Summer Fest. This year

Celebrate summer in Chemainus this Saturday

There will be a pancake breakfast, live music and a parade at Chemainus Summer Fest Saturday, June 22.

Satisfy your senses and kick start summer with a pancake breakfast, live music and a parade at the Chemainus Summer Fest this Saturday (June 22).

The Chemainus Rotary Club (CRC) is offering a day of family entertainment with a Chemainus by the Sea theme. Summer Fest will begin at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Waterwheel Park parking lot. After breakfast has settled, live music and children’s activities begin at 9 a.m.

“There are a variety of bands, including The McCandless Family Band, The Flying Accusations and The Cowichan Valley Jazz Band,” says Shannon Bellamy. “For the kids, we have a reading tent, face painting, fish pond and bean bag toss.”

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. It starts at Willow and Victoria streets and will finish at Kin Park.

“The parade is quite a mixed bag,” says Bellamy. “Everybody is participating. Big businesses, local businesses and individuals — it has everything.”

There will be a hamburger and hot dog barbecue firing up at the same time as the parade. If you’re still hungry after the pancake breakfast and want to eat while donating to charity, this is the way to do it.

“All of the activities are free; the only thing you have to pay for is the food,” says Bellamy. “Proceeds from the food go straight back into the community.”

Last year, the CRC raised $15,000 for local charities.

Starting at the same time as the parade, and going until 2 p.m., there is a showcase of local community groups at the Legion Hall on Chemainus Road.