There’s nothing quite like that Canada Day buzz in the capital city, and with our national birthday falling on a Friday, the party is sure to be bigger and better than ever.
“We’re just happy to be able to be here to celebrate our nations birthday, and we’re inviting 40 or 50 thousand or our closest friends,” says Victoria City Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe.
The Legislature grounds will once again be the centre of the party.
From noon until dusk, there will be activities for all ages, including of free music on the main stage for all types of tastes.
“We have a fabulous lineup of artsts and each year we look at groups that reflects the diversity of our country, that have a story to tell,” said Thornton-Joe
Of course, there will be plenty of food vendors to keep you well fed and watered.
And next door at the Royal BC Museum, a chance to step back into the past with their Penny Carnival.
“It’s a family event,” says Janet MacDonald of the Royal BC Museum, “we get between 300-500 family members that participate. There are egg spoon races and donut eating contests, potato sack races, everything you could possibly imagine.”
Of course with such huge crowds, there’s always potential for problems, and Victoria Police say they’ll be close at hand and engaging the public.
We’ll be out with a full contingency downtown,” said Const. Matt Rutherford, “we’ll be utilizing social media throughout the evening through the the hashtag #vicpdhelps to receive non emergency calls.”
And there are plenty of options for getting down to the event. BC Transit will be running a Saturday schedule.
There will also be road closures.
Bellville Street will be closed from 6:00 am to midnight.
Government Street will be closed from 4:00 pm to midnight, making biking down to the event a great option.
“We wanted to be environmental, so if you want to bring your bike down and park it safely with our valet all day,” says Thornton-Joe.
And of course the evening is capped off with fireworks at 10:20 pm in the inner harbour, making it the place to be for Canada’s 149th birthday.