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Modest Canada Day celebrations held in the Valley

Gatherings held for first time since pandemic

Dozens of locals and tourists gathered at the Wells Gray Information Centre on Friday, July 1, to celebrate Canada Day.

A few words were spoken by Mayor Merlin Blackwell, Coun. Shelley Sim led the group through the singing of O Canada and cupcakes were available to those who wanted one, baked by the Strawberry Moose.

Children were excited to have their faces painted and check out the tipi, heading over to the tent for freshly-made bannock and other baked goods. Tables and chairs were set up for folks to relax and listen to various musical guests. A photo booth allowed visitors to dress in 1800s-era clothing of the Métis people.

North in Blue River, residents and visitors were excited for the annual Canada Day parade. Kids on bicycles, an ambulance covered in Canadian flags, quads, tricycles and classic cars were among the rides of choice for those in the parade. Later, the group gathered at Eleanor Lake for the singing of O Canada.

After a lengthy two-year pandemic, many were happy to be outside and gathering among well-known and new faces.

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