It’s time to wave your flag! Lots of fun activities are going on around the Valley. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

It’s time to wave your flag! Lots of fun activities are going on around the Valley. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Canada Day Cowichan style: lots of events scheduled

Canada Day at The 39 Days of July means a full day of activities and fun.

Starting at 11 a.m. at the Buckerfield’s Stage in Charles Hoey Park, there’s music that changes every hour, starting with the SRC Harmonica Ensemble, and progressing through Amanda Nixon, Rogue Wave, Ed Peekeekoot and Shakey Reay, to the Glenn Foster Band, the Hardware Girls, Tropic Mayhem, the Gene Grooms Trio, and Terry Robb and David Vest at 7 p.m.

At 4 p.m., be sure to get your piece of Canada Day cake.

Later, starting at 8:30 p.m., in Duncan City Square, you can enjoy Big River: an outstanding Johnny Cash/Waylon Jennings tribute group.


Come out and enjoy Canada’s birthday on Monday, July 1 at Ts’uubaa-asatx Town Square in Lake Cowichan, between the library and the Forestworkers Memorial Park.

The fun starts at 11 a.m. with the national anthem, followed by introductions, and music. The Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society will have several artists venues set up, plus interactive activities for the kiddies. The Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society will be serving barbecued corn, baked potatoes, and hot dogs. There will also be snacks, novelties and games for the kids as well as a draw.

Cutting the Canada Day birthday cake takes place at 1 p.m. and the festivities continue until 3 p.m.


Canada Day in Maple Bay!

This is an early bird event that families really enjoy.

The theme this year is Youth in Sports/J’aime jouer a Maple Bay!

It all starts with the July 1 parade. Assemble at 9:30 a.m. at the dog park on Herd Road and make your way downhill to the beach.

There will be a band and a bouncy castle by the rowing club. Hamburgers, chips, hot dogs, and ice cream will be for sale. Coffee and cake are free. Water is free, but bring your own water bottles.

Note that the boat launch will be closed for the day. People are asked to use Crofton or Chemainus.


South Enders, take note that Canada Day celebrations at Shawnigan Lake are in two places.

There’s a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Malahat Legion before the flag raising.

Then, the kids bike parade heads to Elsie Miles Field where you can enjoy live entertainment, games, crafts, and birthday cake.

It all takes place on Canada Day from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information call Shawnigan Lake Community Centre at 250-743-1433.


The Canada Day Celebration at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith is always a huge event.

Families can enjoy live music, kids’ games and giant cake. Food trucks will be on site, too.

It all takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. so gather up the kids and get on down there.

For more information call Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture at 250-245-6424.


Canada Day isn’t over until you’ve been to the Celebration at Mesachie Lake Hall and Skydome Ball Field.

Enjoy live music, dancing, arts and crafts, kids’ games, concession, and more on Monday, July 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There are messages from local dignitaries, lots of fun outdoors on the green field, and of course, yummy birthday cake.

For more information check with Cowichan Lake Recreation at 250-749-6742.


On June 29, June 30 and July 1, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. you can enjoy Canada Day fun with your family at the BC Forest Discovery Centre.

Admission is only $5. Join everyone for a steam train ride, crafts, the famous barbecue, tattoos and more.

This event is included in BCFDC memberships.