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This weekend, the excitement of Canada 150 won’t just be confined to downtown Victoria. Sidney also has plans to give the public a great show and tasty treats!

Free performances, great food vendors, a picnic by donation, and free ice cream are just a few of the options in store.

Here’s a full rundown of what to expect from Victoria’s northern seaside neighbours.

Friday, June 30th

  • Be a part of the “Canadian Mosaic Project”

    • When: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    • What: Tim Van Horn is travelling across the country collecting stories and images of Canadians. Local residents will be able to have their photo taken, tell their story and become part of the biggest photo album ever created.
    • Where: The “To Canada With Love” Pavilion will be at the Mary Winspear Centre
  • Thrifty Foods Picnic in the Park

    • When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • What: Food by donation. Provided by Thrifty Foods, served up by the Rotary Club. (Suggested donation $5.00)
    • Where: Beacon Park
  • Cultural Performances

    • When: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • What: 7:00 – 7:15  Entertainment by Victoria Filipino-Canadian Dancers
      • 7:15 – 7:45  West Coast REACH
      • 7:45 – 8:00  Viva Mexico! Folk Dancers
    • Where: Beacon Park
  • Opening Ceremonies

    • When: 8:00
    • What: A parade through the park, followed by speeches from the local MP, MLA, Mayors and Chiefs.
    • Where: Beacon Park
  • Live Music and Fireworks

    • When: Music starts at 9:15, fireworks at 10:15
    • What: The band “Strangers” will play while fireworks light up the sky.
    • Where: The Beacon Park Pier

Saturday, July 1st

  • Sidney Lions Pancake Breakfast

  • Canada Day Parade

    • When: 11:30 am
    • What: Members of the community marching through downtown Sidney
    • Where: Downtown Sidney
  • Family Fun Day

    • When: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    • What: Food vendors, activities, games, a dog show, a watermelon eating contest, and free ice cream from the Sidney Mayor and council.
    • Where: Iroquois Park
  • McVey Family Reunion at the Centennial Maple Tree

    • When: 3:00 pm
    • What: Members of the McVey family will meet with Mayor Price to remember Mr. and Mrs. Robert McVey, who collected soil samples across the country and used them to plant a maple tree in celebration of Canada’s centennial in 1967.
    • Where: Sidney Town Hall
  • Helicopter Rescue Demonstration

    • When: 3:30 pm
    • What: Sidney’s own 443 Helicopter Squadron performs a demonstration of a water rescue.
    • Where: Beacon Park
  • Build-A-Boat Race

    • When: Boat Building: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
      • Race: 4:30 pm
    • What: The 32nd Slegg Build-A-Boat Race
    • Where: Building at Beacon Park and Launch at Diver’s Point

Sunday, July 2nd

  • Sidney Sidewalk Sale

    • When: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • What: Street vendors, music, and a beer garden wrap up Sidney Days in celebratory fashion.
    • Where: Downtown Sidney
  • Grand Opening of the New Sidney Skatepark
    • When: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • What: Ribbon cutting, demonstrations, and guest speakers.
    • Where: Tulista Park

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