Sicamous opts out of Canada Day fireworks

Shuswap residents will have fewer places to catch Canada Day fireworks.

Shuswap residents will have fewer places to catch Canada Day fireworks now that Sicamous council has decided to move the annual fireworks display to the August long weekend.

The decision was a result of a three-way split in council when voting on a motion to hold fireworks on July 1. Couns. Fred Busch, Charlotte Hutchinson and Joan Thomson were in favour; Couns. Don Richardson, Terry Rysz and Mayor Darrell Trouton were against.

According to the Local Government Act, when the number of votes, including the vote of the person presiding, are equal, the motion is defeated.

And so, the fireworks display will be held on the B.C. Day long weekend at the beginning of August, as it was last summer when the Canada Day event had to be postponed on account of flooding.

While Salmon Arm hosts a well-attended children’s festival during the daytime, the city has not had Canada Day fireworks for many years, with many city residents travelling to Sicamous, Enderby or Blind Bay for their nighttime events.