A fireworks show, sponsored by Thrifty Foods, takes place at 10:15 p.m. on Canada Day. (PQB News file photo)

A fireworks show, sponsored by Thrifty Foods, takes place at 10:15 p.m. on Canada Day. (PQB News file photo)

Plenty of Canada Day activities for Parksville Qualicum Beach residents

Scheduled fun for July 1 includes parades, fireworks

Residents in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area will have plenty of activities to choose from on Canada Day (Friday, July 1).

Parksville

Celebrate with activities, presented by the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, at the Parksville Community Park with entertainment, market vendors, food and family friendly activities.

Event highlights:

• Shriners Pancake Breakfast: starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Coastal Community Credit Union Parking Lot;

• Canada Day Parade: starts at 10 a.m., will run from Shelly Road (marshalling station) left onto Island Highway left on Craig Street ending at city hall on Jensen Avenue;

• Opening ceremonies: noon at the Parksville Community Park main stage;

• Kids Stage Entertainment: Innovate Dance Studio 1-2 p.m., The Kerplunks 2:15-3:15 p.m.

• Kids Activities: magic tricks, face painting, air brush tattoos, feather extensions for hair, bouncy castles, rides, kite display, teddy bear toss, Birthday cake, virtual games, Watermelon eating contest at 3:30 p.m.

• Volleyball tournament and drop in 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Fireworks Show: Sponsored by Thrifty Foods starts at 10:15 p.m.

• Main Stage Show: Jayden Holman 3:30-4:45 p.m., Moonshine Molly’s 5-6 p.m. , The Beatles Experience 6:15-7:30 p.m., The Femme Fatales 7:45-9 p.m., Johnny Inappropriate 9:15-10:15 p.m. and 10:30-11 p.m.

• Food Trucks: 20+ onsite all day

• Market Vendors: 20+ onsite all day

• Reminder: All Community Park parking is closed for the full day of festivities. There will be no parking available unless you have a disability parking permit to show gate security.

Alternative parking space for public use during the parade:

Two gravel lots on Jensen; Parking lot behind the Career Centre; Gravel parking lot on McCarter; the CCCU parking lot; the Scotia Bank parking lot; the CIBC parking lot.

Qualicum Beach

The town and the Qualicum Beach Legion present a variety of activities as well.

• Pancake breakfast at the Legion, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Parade (noon): Civic Centre to Legion (Veterans Way).

• All-day activities: Activity Village, Balloon Animals, Bean Bag Throw contest, Colouring, Bubbles, Magic Show, Face Painting, Obstacle Course.

• Also: Cake, live music, hamburgers/hot dogs in the afternoon, refreshments and a street dance featuring Dan Hare and the March Hare Band (7:30 p.m.). All events are free.

Bowser

The Royal Canadian Legion Bowser – Branch 211 presents activities including a Canada Day car show with food, candy floss and more. 11 a.m. 7035 Island Hwy W.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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