As we celebrate Canada’s birthday Tuesday, July 1, the whole family can find fun activities in Chemainus and Ladysmith.
In Chemainus, Canada Day festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Waterwheel Park. Admission is free.
Presented by the Chemainus BIA, the Chemainus Valley Museum and the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, Canada Day in Chemainus features pony rides, a petting zoo, a bouncy castle, games, crafts, music by Oh! Ogopogo and Bopoma Marimba, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks for sale, and free Canada Day cake.
At noon, Reed Elley will lead everyone in singing “O Canada,” and cake will be served.
During the day, the Chemainus Valley Museum will hold a garage sale and a raffle.
There’s more free family fun in Ladysmith, where the Town of Ladysmith is hosting a Canada Day celebration from 1-5 p.m. at Transfer Beach. The big change for this year is that all of the activities and music will take place in the park area in front of the beach.
At 1 p.m., there will be welcoming ceremonies from the Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith, as well as a giant cake.
The Adventure Zone Summer Daycamp leaders will lead fun activities at the park, and lifeguards will be on duty at the beach.
As well, there will be live music by Oliver Swain, Myc Sharratt, Milad Kassiri, Cameron Gunn, Sarah Sorgiovanni, and Steph Humphreys.
Because Canada Day falls on a Tuesday, the farmers’ market will be going on from 2-6 p.m.