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Nelson Chamber of Commerce rolls out red carpet on Canada Day Celebrations

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 26th, 2018

Happy 151st Birthday Canada!

It’s become a tradition in Nelson where the Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park.

Sunday, July 1st, from morning to dusk, there will be plenty of entertainment and excitement as Nelsonites celebrate Canada’s Birthday.

“The Chamber has continually hosted this annual community celebration to allow Canadians in Nelson and area the chance to celebrate with a in  regional party for the family,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Thomson. “It’s a great free family fun day that is organized by the Chamber and a regional celebration.”

 Thomson said Canada day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with Chamber President Michael Borch’s Canada Day Address during the opening ceremonies.

Also attending are Mayor Deb Kozak, Columbia Kootenay MP Wayne Stetski as well as members of the Nelson Police Department, RCMP, Nelson Professional Firefighters as well as Councillors.

“One of the highlights each year is the serving of giant 4’ X 8” Canada Day birthday cake, followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages,” Thomson said.

Other highlights include the giant bouncy castle, sandcastle contest on the beach, a Friends of the Family Fishing Pond and booths from Touchstones, the Izushi Friendship Society, Selkirk College and Sail Nelson.

There is also free rides on Streetcar #23 sponsored by the Nelson and District Credit Union.

Thomson said the entire day is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by a number of community minded business as well as The City of Nelson, RDCK Areas E, F and H.

Fireworks, provided by sponsorship from numerous businesses as well as hosted by Special Nelson Professional Firefighters, conclude the celebrations at dusk.

Thomson said the days starts early and ends late for the Chamber of Commerce volunteers as the stage  and site set up starts at 7 a.m., and packing up and heading home around 11 p.m.

“It’s a lot of fun for the community, in one of the best locations in Canada to host the festivities, Nelson’s picturesque Lakeside Park,” he said. “If you are planning on coming down through the day, bring along some beach chairs.”

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