Modest Canada Day celebrations held in the Valley
Olivia Mackenzie, 6, gets a rainbow and heart painted on her face by Brigette MacDougall on Friday for Canada Day. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo) Photographer Zephram Tino, left, takes photos of Hope Loehndorf, 10, and her great-grandfather Jack Perry in 1800s Métis dress. Hope was visiting her great-grandparents from Prince George. They had help from Dale Haggerty, president of the Michif Metis Historical & Cultural Preservation Society, who put the booth up to share the culture and history of the Métis people. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo) Bernice Okezue, 4, celebrates Canada Day on the back of infamous Jerry the Moose. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo) Ryan and Lilly Wolf and their dog Bohanna pull a cart with two girls in Blue River’s Canada Day parade. (Photo by Keith McNeill) Mary-Anne Orchard and Virginia Brown ride on the Wiegele float. (Photo by Keith McNeill) Zane Beggs holds balloons as he rides in a canoe being pulled by the Wiegele float. (Photo by Keith McNeill) Blue River’s ambulance leads the village’s Canada Day parade as it winds its way down Angus Horne Street on July 1. The parade and associated games on the beach at Lake Eleanor haven’t been held for two years due to Covid. It appeared that nearly all of the village’s estimated population of 230, plus visitors from Clearwater, Valemount and elsewhere, either participated in or watched the parade and other events. (Photo by Keith McNeill) Grant Gale performed for patrons at the Wells Gray Information Centre. Jordan McLine, 5, left, painted as a cheetah, and her sister Jacqueline, 7, her face painted like a dog, show off their artwork, done by Brigette MacDougall. The face painting was one of many activities available at the Wells Gray Information Centre for Canada Day, put on by the North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society. More pictures on page A#. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
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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