With BC’s restart plan now in Phase 2 and Canada Day less than a week away, many communities across our country will not be holding traditional festivities as we have in years past - as in pre-pandemic.
July 1st will hopefully let British Columbians see life get another step closer to how we remember it in the summer of 2019, and COVID protocols are here to stay for a while longer to ensure the safety of everyone who lives and visits here. In keeping with a more intimate-themed celebration this year, the Peachland Wellness Centre is offering a FREE Canada Day Picnic Dinner that can be picked up or delivered for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own backyard with friends and family.
Our Board President, Kym Martin and her partner Karen Read are the gracious sponsors of this event and we encourage you to take advantage of this event by reserving your picnic meal by June 30th.
Please call the PWC Monday - Friday between 9:00am and 3:00pm to reserve your meal before June 30th.
While COVID-19 still affects all of us, another reason for many communities changing how they celebrate this year is the recent Residential School discovery and reflecting on what it really means to be Canadian. You can read more about this CTV News story here, and how other communities across the country are planning to celebrate.
Here in our community of Peachland, the District of Peachland has some fun and COVID safe Canada Day events scheduled, such as a mini parade and pop-up concert by Blues Brothers Too. Please respect COVID-19 gathering restrictions and celebrate from your own yard. The parade will not stop where crowds are present. Other events taking place have limited seating and require RSVP in advance. For more information on the District of Peachland Canada Day festivities and how you can participate, visit their website:
In Kelowna, for example, Canada Day festivities have also been cancelled but organizers suggest the decision is primarily because of COVID-19 restrictions. Festivals Kelowna posted a notice last Thursday saying its event, which typically attracts 65,000 guests, "requires a longer lead time than is currently available to us."
"After such a tough year for our local restaurants, breweries, and wineries, we believe Canada Day presents a great opportunity for them to shine and welcome guests to their venues," Festivals Kelowna organizers said.
So, whether you decide to get the family together for a backyard BBQ under our current Provincial Step 2 Allowances, visit one of our local restaurants to enjoy a meal and support our community, or celebrate with your bubble of six, this Canada Day 2021 offers us so much to be thankful for and celebrate.
CTV News Vancouver, June 21, 2021 More Canada Day festivities cancelled in B.C. following residential school discovery, accessed June 2021, <https://bc.ctvnews.ca/more-canada-day-festivities-cancelled-in-b-c-following-residential-school-discovery-1.5479117>
District of Peachland, accessed June 2021 <https://www.peachland.ca/canada-day>
Province of British Columbia 2021 BC’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together, accessed June 2021, <https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart#step-two>
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