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Nelsonites flock to Rotary Lakeside Park to celebrate Canada Day

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
July 2nd, 2023

There were no glitches, hitches or snags as Saturday's Canada Day Celebrations in the Heritage City, to celebrate birthday 156, went off without any major issues.

Mother Nature cooperated with some amazing sunny weather, the Nelson Lions Club served up the breakfast precursor to the Chamber of Commerce Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park before the day was conclude with a 15-minute fireworks display set off by staff at Nelson Fire and Rescue Services.

Following an incredible pancake breakfast hosted by the Nelson Lions Club, the festivities shifted to Rotary Lakeside Park for the opening ceremonies.

Nelson Chamber president Karen Bennett was joined by Nelson Mayor Janice Morrison and Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson for Canada Day reflections before the program shifted to a Community Drum Circle.

A large contingent from the audience with drums circled the main drum circle, singing and drumming along with the main drum circle.

After the singing of the O Canada, the scene quickly shifted over to the large-sized cake complete with icing shaped in Canadian Flag.

Local politicians joined Chamber members to carved out delicious pieces for the public.

The Nelson Electric Tramway, offering free rides throughout the day compliments of the Nelson and District Credit Union, was a hit a patrons lineup for a ride along the Nelson waterfront.

Entertainment from various groups charmed the public throughout the day at the stage near the flagpole before fireworks, that could be seen throughout Nelson, concluded the day’s events.

Nelson was one of the many lucky places to celebrate Canada Day without any snags.

Kelowna cancelled its evening fireworks hours before the scheduled start after a wildfire was reported on nearby Knox Mountain during the afternoon, at around 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, some communities in eastern Canada postponed the always-anticipated pyrotechnics display due to poor air quality due to wildfires.

Younger members in the crowd were all eyes after the Canada Day Cake was unveiled for tasting during Saturday's Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park.

Many drum teachings by First Nations in BC use the circle to represent balance and equality, wholeness and connection.


A large contingent with drums circled and joined in with the main drum circle.

It was a festive atmosphere Saturday at Lakeside Park at people enjoyed the many activities during Saturday's Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park.

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