July 01, 2013 - 2:44 PM
KELOWNA - The city is going all out for this year's kick-off to summer - Canada Day celebrations - and they're free for all to attend.
Kelowna's downtown cultural district will transform into carnival grounds today. From Prospera Place to Waterfront Park a range of festivities are scheduled throughout the day, for all ages and interests. Food, music, games and fireworks will mark the celebrations organized by Festivals Kelowna and FolkFest. They have posted a complete schedule of events online to help you plan out the day.
Opening ceremonies at Prospera Place will be served with a slice of giant "Happy Birthday Canada" cake at 1:30 p.m. The stadium will also host food and performance stations throughout the day and in the evening the Kelowna Pop Orchestra will perform a "Canada Day Spectacular" concert.
At Waterfront Park there will be a "Taste of Canada" food fair, as well as a Bazaar of locally made goods and multiple stages for musical performances until 10:30 p.m.
Over at the Kelowna Art Gallery there will be a "Great Canadian Apple Bin Paint-in" from 10 a.m. to noon.
Fireworks will cap off the night, lighting up the watefront from the launch point at Tugboat Bay. The show starts at 10:30 p.m.
Those living on the west side of Lake Okanagan will get their own Canada Day cake too.
As part of the Westside Daze from June 28 to July 1, residents are encouraged to bring out their lawn chairs for perfomances and concerts in the park.
Catch the Canada Day fireworks display from the Yacht Club at 10:30 p.m. The event finishes today with a car and motorcycle show and shine and the cutting of a giant Canada Day cake.
All boats will be cleared from the Day Wharf area tonight to make way for the Peachland Fire Brigade. Their fireworks are set to ignite at 10:30 p.m. From a pancake breakfast, to a Lions Club concession and dessert of Canada Day cake, the Peachland lakefront will see a variety of celebrations including a Beach Avenue street parade.
With all the added activity and foot traffic today police will also be increasing their presence.
RCMP out in full force
RCMP const. Kris Clark says police will be supervising Kelowna's celebrations from all angles.
"For this particular long weekend we'll be out on the water, on bikes, on foot, we'll have enchanced patrols in the cars, supplementing every possible aspect we can," he says.
As the kick-off to summer, the Canada Day long weekend traditionally brings lots of tourists to the area and police are reminding everyone to drive safe, slow down and to be respectful of others enjoying the celebrations.
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