Celebrating Canada on The Ave

Recreation Oak Bay readies free celebration for Friday afternoon

Four-year-old Luci Elephant bites into a slice of cake at last year’s Oak Bay Canada Day celebrations.

Get ready to celebrate Canada a little early – Oak Bay style.

In a fine tradition the community will kick off summer and celebrate our country with a free party for all on the lawn of municipal hall the Friday before Canada Day.

Recreation Oak Bay pulls together the popular event on June 26 from noon to 2 p.m.

“It’s a good way to kick off the summer and for the community to celebrate,” said Janet Welham, sports co-ordinator for Recreation Oak Bay which organizes the event. “It involves multiple departments collaborating together to create this fabulous community event.”

About five years in, the many groups that come together have it well sorted.

Refreshments include Canada Day cupcakes offered by Thrifty’s Foods, hot dogs provided by Sysco Foods on buns by Cobs Bakery, coffee from Starbucks on Oak Bay Avenue and Oak Bay Rec’s own snow cones – all at no charge.

Entertainment includes the traditional Swingin’ Strings and the ukulele-playing gang from Monterey Centre.

“We’ll also just have background music as well,” Welham said.

Activities offered by the myriad staff of Recreation Oak Bay include a jumping castle, giant bubbles, button making, games and temporary tattoos.

“My favourite thing is being out in the community and giving back to the community but also seeing people enjoying themselves,” Welham said. “It’s really nice to work with multiple departments. This is a team effort from Recreation Oak Bay.”

The day is also a celebration of the kick off of summer camps at Recreation Oak Bay.





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