Enjoy Canada Day events across the Boundary

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
June 29th, 2012

This year many Canada Day celebrations are also recognizing the Queen’s diamond jubilee – 60 years of reign. Head out to your local community activities being held across the Boundary this Sunday and have fun!

Grand Forks:

Why not do something special on July 1?  It will make you a prouder Canadian and, also, improve your well-being and give you a sense of achievement.

This is the fourth year for the gentle stroll to the top of Observation Mountain – meet fellow Grand Forkers, look at our City from on-high, sing “O Canada”, then walk down to join-in with the celebrations at Gyro Park.  It is not difficult because several rest stops are used to look at the view, take a drink of water, and be in the company of happy Canadians celebrating 145 years of confederation.

Three options are planned all starting at 9:30 am:  Easy from Prospect Place, Copper Ridge – 1.6km and 182m/597ft; Medium from Barbara Ann Park, Riverside Drive – 3km and 261m/856ft; Harder from the Wildlife Hall, 2nd Street – 1km and 175m/574ft.

As in previous years, good weather has been ordered – sunny and warm.  Meet the guides at 9:30 am; bring a drink, reasonable footwear, a hat, red and white clothing (not mandatory), your voice, and enthusiasm.  Dogs are very welcome including joyful barking.

Other activities:

7:00 a.m. Elks Pancake Breakfast – Overwaitea Parking Lot

8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market

8:30 am Art Gallery – Children’s bike decorating for parade.

9:00 am Jazzercise Fitness Warm-up for The Early Birds – Gyro Park!

All Day: Boundary Artisans’ Faire – Art Gallery grounds

10:00 a.m.  Bernice & Co. band

10:00 a.m.  Parade, featuring River’s Edge Theatre actress, Christy Luke, as the Queen – starting at Royal Canadian Legion Parking lot

All Day: Food Concessions – Grand Forks Art Gallery’s Popular Hot Dog Booth, West End Global Market, Pyro Pizza Cart, Rilkoff’s East Indian Cuisine & produce, Rotary Kettle Corn, Jillybeans Ice Cream Truck, Overwaitea Foods Watermelon Feast

11:00 am Opening Ceremonies

Flag & Color Party Arrives – Gyro Park Emcee Mayor Brian Taylor – The relationship with America from the perspective of a border community. O Canada – by Nicole Del Agila Introduction – Grand Forks City Councilors

11:10 am Grand Forks Pipes & Drums

11:30 am Fascinator Contest (crazy bonnet) in honor of the Diamond Jubilee with prizes.

“Kids Zone” Games Begin – Crafts, water play, bubbles, fish pond.


The Greenwood Board of Trade proudly sponsors our 3rd annual Canada Day Festivities July 1st.

  • ü Parade begins @ 10:30 am followed by a free hotdog lunch.
  • Opening Ceremonies @ noon -Activities at Lions Park
  • Local musicians, Wendy & Boyd Higashi, Dean & Denise Herdmann and Dave Jackson will be on during the day and possible others to join in.
  • Classic rock band UnderCover (Dave Evans, Colin Sittler from Greenwood and Tom Heibert, Dave Walsh from Grand Forks) will do the evening set starting @ 7:30. Special guest Meg Phelps from the Evans Sisters onto the stage for a few songs)
  • Beef on a bun with Birthday Cake in the evening. The evening will wrap up with the Fireworks Display at dusk (approx. 10 p.m.) Come join us to celebrate!

Pictures of last year’s parade, which consisted of over 40 entries, are available on the Greenwood Board of Trade facebook group – last year’s fireworks display lasted over 40 minutes.

Christina Lake:

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