Here’s what you can do in Sea to Sky for Canada Day
The Britannia mine is having a celebration on July 1st.
Although there have been Canada Day festivities in recent years, neither the District of Squamish nor the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) is hosting such an event in town on July 1st.
District staff told Chief Squamish that the municipality previously provided an annual grant to the DSBIA to hold community-wide Canada Day celebrations, however, since the last Canada Day celebration in 2019 , the DSBIA chose to refocus its event the council modified the community improvement grant program to allow non-profit community groups to manage and distribute grant funds on behalf of the council.
This removed decision-making from direct district control over which events and organizations receive funding, staff said.
“Citizens will experience a summer season full of great events and celebrations, and the District will continue to support community celebrations by allocating budgets under the new grant funding program to assist nonprofits and community groups. with street closures and traffic management to alleviate some of the administrative and financial burdens associated with hosting a community event. Community grants are now administered by the Squamish Community Foundation and Squamish Arts for eligible projects and events,” district spokeswoman Rachel Boguski said in an emailed statement.
For her part, DSBIA Executive Director Kerry Neil announced her upcoming mural walk and open house.
“The BIA will be focusing on the shoulder seasons as that is more beneficial to our members – as most of our members are busy throughout the summer anyway – with events like Pumpkin Patch/Harvest and all is well on Holiday Parade, Photos with Santa, and Downtown Squamish after hours of nighttime shopping.”
The District and DBIA have noted the many events taking place in and around Squamish all summer long. (Many of which are on our events calendar.)
For city folk who really want to wave the flag this year, the Britannia Mine Museum is hosting Canada Day celebrations Friday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Museum celebrations will feature live music from local indie folk/rock musicians, cold water pathwho will perform two sets of 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“The duo are known for their rich narrative lyrics rooted deep in Canada’s western frontier, and their catchy ballads and love songs will give visitors a reason to dance. The band will release a new album this year focusing on Canadian history, including the song ‘The Mine and the Mill’, which was inspired by a visit to the Britannia Mine Museum,” reads a press release on the ‘event.
Throughout the day, museum staff will lead maypole dances and host many nostalgic games for visitors of all ages.
Learn more by visiting www.britanniaminemuseum.ca.
There are several Canada Day events taking place in Whistler. Check the Resort Municipality of Whistler website for those.
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