Oak Bay opens Canada Day weekend Thursday

Recreation Oak Bay welcomes the community to the municipal hall lawn from noon to 2 p.m.

Hot dogs, music and plenty of fun will kick off the Canada Day weekend in style tomorrow (Thursday, June 30) on the municipal hall lawn.

Recreation Oak Bay hosts the seventh annual celebration from noon to 2 p.m.

Started in 2010, the event is a great way to celebrate both local community and Canada Day, says Janet Barclay, Oak Bay’s Recreation Program Services manager.

“It’s grown to be a very popular community event where families with young children to retirees come and enjoy all the activities,” Barclay says.

“So much happens downtown on Canada Day, this is something local.”

In addition to a host of activities, stop by for free hot dogs, coffee and Canada Day-decorated cupcakes, while supplies last, thanks to support from Cobs Bakery, Starbucks and Thrifty Foods, notes Caroline Lawrence, acting sports co-ordinator, and organizer of this year’s festivities.

The Monterey Ukulele group will entertain from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

For the kids, there’s the bouncy castle, a button-making craft table and water fun table, in addition to “active” activities, like fun tennis and golf stations, Lawrence says.

Oak Bay police and firefighters are also expected to drop by for a visit.

“It’s fun and games for everyone in the family,” says Lawrence, who has help organize the day’s activities for three years.

“It’s always fantastic.”

The party continues at Willows Park, when the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir kicks off Oak Bay’s Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m.