Celebrations are taking place across Westman on Tuesday to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday. Despite the rainy weekend, organizers are excited for this year’s events.
Light, scattered showers might be seen throughout Westman, but Environment Canada predicts the last of the weekend’s heavy rainfall should pass before Canada Day.
Here is our guide to Westman celebrations:
• Location: Riverbank Discovery Centre. Parking will be at the Home Depot lot with a continuous shuttle throughout the day. Handicap parking is available at the Discovery Centre.
• Activities: The day will kick off with Brandon’s first living flag at 11:30 a.m. The centre has 750 red and white T-shirts to give away and people taking part in the flag will sing “O Canada” at 12 p.m. The afternoon includes the annual duck race and a reaffirmation ceremony.
• For the kids: Lots of excitement to be had for the younger Canadians at the centre. Hay rides and face painting will be happening all afternoon, along with three wacky magic science shows.
• Must check out: Joe Beeverz Bar & Grill attempting to break the record for the world’s largest poutine. The current record is 1,102 pounds and Joe Beeverz hopes to make theirs more than 1,600 pounds. “This is a real fun factor event that we think will be a great addition to our community’s Canada Day celebrations,” said Chad Wallin of Joe Beeverz. “After all, what’s more Canadian than eating lots of poutine on Canada Day?”
• Fireworks: Yes. The observatory at Brandon University will be open for firework viewing starting at 9:30 p.m.
Riding Mountain National Park
• Location: Near the main beach
• Activities: Citizenship ceremony and singing of “O Canada” to start the events around the main stage at 11 a.m. Main stage entertainment will continue, including Don Emero and Kenny Shaw. Birthday cake will be served at 1:15 p.m.
• For the kids: Face painting starts at 10 a.m. Then kids should check out the Parks Canada Zone.
• Must check out: Brandon locals playing on the main stage. Katie MacDonald performs at 12:30 p.m. and Until Red is last to perform at 3:30 p.m.
• Fireworks: Will be just outside the park in Onanole. Meet near the big elk.
• Location: Downtown, then at the fairgrounds after 4 p.m.
• Activities: Car and art shows and the parade kick off the day in the downtown core, before activities move to the fairgrounds.
The day will also include a community supper and free entertainment, including Christina “The Crazy Hooper” Munchinsky.
• For the kids: A children’s carnival will take place with a petting zoo and bouncy castles.
• Must check out: Boissevain celebrates the various cultures represented in their community through the Parade of Flags, which concludes with the singing of “O Canada.”
“It is the celebration of both the country and our community,” said organizer Dale Banman. “It welcomes new residents into the community. This year we have added Zimbabwe, South Korea and Iran.”
• Fireworks: Yes.
• Activities: Celebrations start early at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The annual Canada Day parade will roll through at 12 p.m. followed by a luncheon and strawberry social.
• Location: Minnedosa Beach
• Activities: Pancake breakfast kicks off the celebrations at the beach pavilion at 9 a.m. The annual sandcastle building competition, beach volleyball tournament and live entertainment will take place throughout the day. Fires will be lit for the weiner roast starting at 8:30 p.m.
• For the kids: Face painting, crafts, bouncy castle and balloon twisters will be available at the Kids Zone from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Must check out: New Canada Day photo booth run by local photographer Mark Willis.
• Fireworks: Yes, put on by the Minnedosa Volunteer Fire Fighters.
• Activities: Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a pork dinner for $10 a plate starting at 5 p.m. followed by the Christy Kim Band taking the main stage at 7 p.m.
• For the kids: Two professional clowns will be doing face painting and balloon twisting along with the Kids Carnival put on by the Manitoba Youth Job Centre. Both will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Fireworks: Yes.
• Location: Rapid City Museum
• Activities: Activities, car show and quilt display will take place starting at 11 a.m.
• For the kids: Games will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Location: Victoria Park
• Activities: Starts with a parade at 2 p.m. followed by local entertainment, Canada Day birthday cake and other activities in the park all afternoon.
• For the kids: Free swimming at the pool from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as free activities in the park starting at 3 p.m.
• Must check out: Former Virdenite Garth German and the Bivvers performing in the park at 7 p.m.
• Fireworks: Yes.
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