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What to do in the Central Okanagan on Canada Day

Tugboat Beach will be busy with food, music and fireworks on Canada Day.
June 27, 2019 - 6:00 AM

CENTRAL OKANAGAN - Canada turns 152 this year and the Central Okanagan is celebrating our country's birthday with music, parties, fireworks, and a lot more.

Whether you're driving across the region or sticking close to home, there's plenty to do in Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland. You've got tons of options, so what are the best events for you?

Enjoy this overview of the best events from each region.

Lake Country

The Rotary Club of Lake Country is hosting a day-long Canada Day celebration at Swalwell Park and Creekside Theatre. The event gets started with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by the offical Canada Day ceremony at 11 a.m.

Children's face painting and an old-fashioned costume booth will be running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Different musical acts such as the Dirt Road Kingswill take to the main stage in the park throughout the day.

The Lake Country Art Gallery will be running a children's art collaboration activity from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Lake Country Garden Club will host a children's garden club at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

The Swalwell Park activities wrap up at 4 p.m., but you can head over to the Creekside Theatre at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. for free screenings of Captain Marvel.

Kelowna

More than 50,000 people are expected to be in Kelowna on Canada Day, so attendees are encouraged to walk, bike or take public transit to the events. Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 1 and Knox Mountain Roadway will close at 8 p.m.

Along with the road closures, the Dolphins parking lot, the Kerry Park parking lot and select parking stalls on the west side of Water Street will be closed starting at 6 a.m.

Public parking will be available at the Library Parking Plaza at 1360 Ellis Street, the Memorial Parkade at 1420 Ellis and the Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Avenue. More parking information is available at kelowna.ca/parking.

The Kelowna waterfront will be teeming with activities. The Kelowna Dog Agility Club will be performing demonstrations at the west end of Pioneer Gardens at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free watermelon will be available in Rhapsody Plaza starting at 12 p.m. A bazaar will run at Concession Plaza from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and you can get a taste of Canada with Canuck cuisine at Tugboat Beach from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Kelowna Art Gallery is offering a drop-in craft-making all day long.

Stages will be set up on Water Street, Pioneer Gardens, Tugboat Beach and Stuart Park, featuring music and dancing all day and night long. Acts include Timbre Wolves, Leila Neverland, DJ Invizible and many more.

The 46 Annual Kelowna Folkfest will be running in Prospera Place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., providing a wide variety of dance and music styles from around the world.

Kelowna's festivites top off with a grand fireworks display at Tugboat Bay at 10:30 p.m.

West Kelowna

If Kelowna is too busy for you, head across the bridge for the Westside Daze Canada Celebration at Memorial Park. Festivities begin with live music from Jim Wilson and Smitten Dup at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.followed by the singing of the national anthem and the Celebrate Canada Cake Cutting. The fun continues from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., highlighted with performances from Boy Named Sue at 3:30 p.m. and Lief David the magician at 6 p.m. An online auction fundraiser for Westside Daze will be open until July 14th.

Peachland

Peachland kicks off Canada Day with a beach run at Heritage Park at 7:30 a.m., so get up bright and early if you want to catch that one.

Heritage Park will be the main area for Peachland Canada Day activites, from an all-day chalk art project to a magic show at 11 a.m. to a bouncy castle waterslide open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The official Canada Day ceremony will be held at 12 p.m., followed by a parade at 5 p.m. at 13 Street and Lake Avenue.

Head back to Heritage Park at 6 p.m. for a concert and finish the day with a fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. at the day wharf area.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.


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