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Nelsonites ring in Canada Day 2015 in grand style

The fireworks display over Kootenay Lake capped off an eventful Canada Day for Nelsonites Wednesday. — The Nelson Daily

By Heather Austin, The Nelson Daily

Thanks to the great work of City of Nelson Public Works crews, patriotic Nelsonites were able to celebrate Canada Day at Lakeside Rotary Park Wednesday.

However, 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.

The long sunny day was concluded with fireworks bursting over Kootenay Lake.

Abundant smiling faces were sure-fire signs that Nelson, BC is a great place to be a Canadian.