FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John’s Canada Day celebrations will feature an even bigger and more action-packed lineup of events and activities this year.
The City’s Recreation Programmer Marissa Jordan says that since this is the 150th Anniversary year of Canadian Confederation, there will be several notable changes to this year’s schedule. Among the many changes is a new event to kick Saturday day off: The Fort St. John Fire Department will be hosting a free Pancake Breakfast at the Fort St. John Fire Hall from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Right at 10:00 a.m., Jordan says that the city is also adding a new event: a pre-parade. That event will feature members of the Fort St. John Multicultural Society, who will perform on 100th Street in the interim before the actual Canada Day parade. Jordan says that the Society approached the City about performing on the main stage at Centennial Park, but the stage program was already full.
The Society’s members will provide entertainment along with several mascot characters and circus performers for spectators ahead of the actual parade, which is due to start at 11:00 a.m.
At the same time as the start of the Canada Day parade, there will also be several events taking place: the Farmer’s Market in Centennial Park, and the Fort St. John Classic Cruisers Show’n’Shine, which also takes place on 100th St.
For the post-parade events in Centennial Park from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., there are several new additions to this year’s program, including balloon animals that are free of charge, sumo suit games, and orb ball soccer.
At 12:00 p.m., Mayor Lori Ackerman will officially kick off the Canada Day ceremonies, along with the official unveiling of the City’s Mosaic 150 art project.
Another addition to this year’s events is the Skateboard and BMX competition at Rotary Skate Park, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. While the fireworks at Surerus Fields at 10:45 p.m. aren’t new, Jordan said that this year will feature a longer fireworks display than in years past.
A full schedule of events can be found here.