Canada Day, 2022!

Here’s some pics from the fun so far!

As is tradition, the fire department brings in the cake, the Mayor makes the first cut, and the Peachland Ambassadors serve pieces to the crowd that gathers. This year, councillor Pam Cunningham cut the cake (Mayor Fortin was unable to attend)…

After the cake (vanilla caramel, according to my daughter), it was time for the grand opening of the splash pad:

 

Heritage Park was getting busy! Here’s what’s going on today:

 

 

 

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Parade photos? Click here!

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Fire Chief Dennis Craig and his crew have some boxes to unpack. If the conditions are right (AKA no wind), we’ll have fireworks as part of our Canada Day celebrations. It’s been a two-year absence (of COVID / heat dome) and our fire chief says it’ll be nice to do this for Peachland again – even though, admittedly, it’s not his favourite.

“It’s probably the single most stressful day of my year, to be honest with you,” he said with a bit of a laugh, during a quick chat before the council meeting yesterday morning.

“I would much rather be inside a fire, inside a building than lighting off the fireworks. But the public loves it, we haven’t done it in a very long time, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Thanks to a donation awhile ago from their Red Deer, Alberta supplier (where the fireworks every year are purchased from), the fire department has a pretty decent set-up – which works for these amateur pyrotechnicians. And while we’re all enjoying the parade that starts at 4:30 p.m. on Canada Day, a small volunteer crew of Peachland firefighters will be working behind the scenes, setting up their spot near the day-use marina downtown (they shoot off the land, over the lake). The fire department’s boat will also be out, ensuring people on the water don’t get too close – which happens every year.

And of course, no fireworks will happen at all, if it’s too windy. Craig says once that 5-6 p.m. breeze that comes down through Trepanier moves on, it’s about watching the weather, right to the last moment.

“The decision is literally made two minutes before the fireworks go off,” he says.

“We really make sure we’re not taking any chances – people want to see it, and we’re amped up and want make it happen, but that decision is made right before.”

If all goes well, they’ll go off at 10 p.m.

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UPDATE:

 

 

 

Written by Kristen Friesen

July 1, 2022

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