South Shuswap Canada Day a lively event

Celebrate Canada Day in the Shuswap with a full day of events for the whole family.

  • Jun. 21, 2013 8:00 a.m.
World-renowned champion fancy dancer Ernie Phillip will perform at local Canada Day celebrations.

World-renowned champion fancy dancer Ernie Phillip will perform at local Canada Day celebrations.

Celebrate Canada Day in the Shuswap with a full day of events for the whole family.

Start the day by fuelling up on a pancake breakfast served by the Lions Club beginning at 8 a.m.

The annual Canada Day parade will roll out at 10 a.m. with a number of festive floats and collector cars.

The parade will begin at Balmoral and Glenview roads and continue down Blind Bay Road until reaching Marine Drive.

Once the parade concludes, head over to Centennial Park to where food services and the beer garden will open.

A variety of games will be set up to entertain the whole family, including a fish pond, basketball throw, face painting, ring toss, duck pond, horse shoes bouncy castles, paint ball and more. Tickets for children’s games are available at 11:30 a.m.

Some of this year’s vendors are Hungry Panda Curbside Noodles, Wok on Wheels and Lil’orbits donuts as well as Norwex, Beauticontrol, Bikini Bills and Jewelry by Flora.

At noon the entertainment kicks into high gear with the singing of O Canada, and the raising of the Canadian flag by dignitaries.

Canada Day cupcakes will be served from the main stage.

At 12:30 p.m. the Chris Stevens Band will perform on the main stage, followed by the Boot Scootin’ Line Dancers.

The winners of this year’s Show and Shine will be announced at 2 p.m. followed by some laughs provided by juggler Mike Battie at 2:15 p.m.

Enjoy  Canada’s First Nations’ rich heritage as champion fancy dancer Ernie Phillip performs a number of dances.

Recognized as an honorary fellow of Okanagan College for his contribution and leadership in the area of cultural awareness, Phillip has danced across the planet – in schools and for dignitaries and royalty.

Lawn mower races will crank up the sound at 4 p.m. and daytime activities wrap up with a zumba demonstration by Lily Mingham at 5:30 p.m. with Larry and Jane Stevenson.

Headwater will be on-stage at 7:30 playing multiple sets before the always popular waterfront fireworks, which will light up the sky at 10:30 p.m.