The Canada Day Parade draws thousands of spectators to the downtown Courtenay area. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

Happy Canada Day! Here’s what’s happening in Courtenay:

Plenty happening downtown, at Lewis/Simms Parks, at museum

Courtenay Canada Day celebrations will take place all day in and around Lewis Park and Downtown Courtenay.

This year Courtenay’s Canada Day features great performers, YANA Dunk Tank, a three story inflatable slide plus other bouncers, 19 Wing glider and robot display, 4H Petting Zoo and more. New this year is Comox Valley Arts: Try It where the public is invited to come explore a variety of art media and test skills at a DJ Booth.

Today’s schedule includes:

• Kin Club Pancake Breakfast: Corner of 5th Street and England Avenue, 7–11 a.m.

• 5th Street Mile Fun Run: Register at 5th Street & Woods Avenue from 8– 9 a.m.

• Canada Day Parade: 5th Street, 10 a.m.

• Mainstage Live Music: Anela Kahimoe & Luke Blu Guthrie, 10:30 a.m.

• Kids Zone: Simms Park, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

• Comox Valley Arts, Try It!: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Opening Ceremony: Lewis Park, noon

• Cake Cutting: Lewis Park, 1:30 p.m.

• Mainstage Live Music: Time Well Wasted, 1 p.m.

• Kids Bike Draw: Lewis Stage, 3 p.m.

• Canadian Threads Variety Show: Sid Williams Theatre, 7 p.m.

Check out the City of Courtenay website for all details, schedules and maps for Canada Day: courtenay.ca/canadaday

AT THE MUSEUM

The Courtenay and District Museum will be open from noon-4 p.m.

There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws.

Special activities planned for the day include live music and crafts for the kids.

While you’re at the museum enjoying the air-conditioned comfort, take a few moments to check out the new exhibit on the second floor. “Gold Mountain Dream: Bravely Venture into the Fraser Valley” is a travelling exhibition on loan from the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum.

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street in downtown Courtenay. FMI: 250-334-0686 ext 2.

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