Canada Day preparations for events put on by the town, sailing, rotary and other businesses are underway for this year’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1.
Everybody is working hard to ensure that everything is in place for a safe and exciting Canada Day celebration, culture and tourism supervisor Channelle Brooker told Sylvan Lake News.
“We are coordinating with various community groups and organizations to make sure that all events run smoothly and that attendees have a great time.”
There are many events to look forward to including entertainment by Spandy Andy along the lakefront, face painting on the Pier, the Rotary Club’s Canada Day cake-cutting ceremony, boat races being done by the Sylvan Lake sailing club and more.
“These celebrations provide a variety of events and activities that community members can participate in to celebrate Canada Day and also provide an opportunity for community members to come together to celebrate as a group,” Brooker said.
Each of the events is designed to showcase Canadian culture and values, such as inclusivity and diversity, Brooker added.
“The partnerships with the Rotary Club, Sylvan Lake Cruise Night and our Indigenous partners highlight the importance of supporting local communities. The Canada Day cake-cutting ceremony and fireworks display are also symbols of national pride and unity.”
One of the returning events this year is the Canada Day boat races hosted by the sailing club.
“We typically get 10-12 boats out with typically four people per boat. We try to race in and around the view of the beach so people can see what we are all about. There is no “prize” for winning for the sailors, but it’s part of our year long competition where participation matters,” sailing club commodore Michael Wuetherick said.
The final event of the day will be a fireworks showcase set to happen at 10:30 p.m. weather permitting which the sailing club also has plans to participate in.
”Given the Canada Day fireworks, many boats will decorate the masts and stays with lights and head out for the show,” Wuetherick said.
A list of all the events is available to view on the visit Sylvan Lake website.