Nelsonites help Canada celebrate 149th birthday in grand style
What a difference a year makes.
Last year Nelsonites were busy cleaning up from the storm of the century.
In 2016, the weather was great as Nelsonites flocked to Lakeside Rotary Park for Canada Day celebrations.
Before the cake was ready to serving, Nelsonites started Canada Day off right with short stacks of pancakes and maple syrup on Baker Street, courtesy of the nice folks at the Lions Club.
Later, celebrations at Lakeside Park enticed the colourful people of Nelson with a barbershop quartette rendition of “Oh Canada”, and the intermingled smells of popcorn and cotton candy.
Festivities commenced at with welcome address by Chamber of Commerce Vice President Michael Borch followed by Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak’s Canada Day Address.
People of all ages and nationalities enjoyed festivities ranging from sailing in the sun with the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association, to savoring cool watermelon and salty french fries in the shade.
There were proud Mounties, a colossal bubble maker, balloon animals, sand castles, yoga for kids, and of course, a giant cake decorated like a Canadian flag.
The festivities were also accompanied by folk music from around the country: a heedful way to celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity.
Fireworks concluded the day of celebrations over Kootenay Lake.
Abundant smiling faces were sure-fire signs that Nelson, BC is a great place to be a Canadian.