Canada Day Celebration

Food, fun and fireworks in store for Canada Day

Enjoy fireworks as part of Victoria's annual Canada Day celebration. Fireworks start at 10:20 p.m., Friday, July 1 in the Inner Harbour

Enjoy fireworks as part of Victoria's annual Canada Day celebration. Fireworks start at 10:20 p.m., Friday, July 1 in the Inner Harbour

In celebration of Canada’s 144th year, Victoria is hosting an explosive birthday party with three full days of non-stop action.

Running throughout the three-day celebration is A Flavour of Canada. Come down to Ship Point from anywhere between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and enjoy the multicultural cuisine that is characteristic of Canadians. Taste samples from Mexico, Greece, Argentina, India and other countries to open your senses to the diverse flavours that Canada’s multiculturalism carries. In addition to the exquisite food, entertainment and performance will be held.

On July 1, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and adults) will gather to take part in creating the Monster Mural. A 20-foot mural will be set up on the Legislature lawn for artists of all ages to show their creative skill and their love for Canada.

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., join 3,000 other Canadians to build a living flag on the Legislature lawns. Receive a free red or white T-shirt and be part of something truly huge.

Main stage celebrations kick off with the National Anthem and a welcome from Esquimalt First Nations at 3 p.m. Live music will sound out from the stage from this point on, until the fireworks erupt.

Bands include Current Swell, Quoia, Vince Vaccaro, Shane Philip,  family favourite, Fred Penner and many more.

To finish off a wondrous, patriotic day, fireworks will be set off from the Inner Harbour at 10:20 p.m. This may be the needed cool down for those participating only on July 1, but will heat up the rest in preparation for the next two days Victoria has in plan.

The Flavour of Canada stage at Ship Point will have eight hours of live, local music for the whole family from noon until 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the rest of the great festivities, visit victoriacanadaday.ca. M

 

— Joanne Chung

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