Celebrations marking the country’s 150th anniversary are planned for several area communities.
Osler, Warman and Martensville all have day-long events featuring music, entertainment, children’s activities, food, and fireworks.
Osler kicks off the day with a Firefighters’ pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the community hall, followed by a parade beginning at 11 a.m. The Osler Seniors are offering their ever-popular watermelon and rullkuchen, and the afternoon features family and children’s activities.
The evening show at the Osler north end soccer field features a skit on Osler local history beginning at 7:30, followed by old-school country and gospel music and a feature performance by Back 40, Canada Day cupcakes and coffee and fireworks at dusk.
This marks the ninth year that volunteers from Martensville Information and Visitor Centre (MIVC) have organized that community’s Canada Day celebration. Kristee Lynn Adrian, coordinator of the MIVC, said this year is special.
“We have lots of great free activities for all ages,” she said. It starts at 10 a.m. with a morning coffee break for adults, along with an art show and historical display. The action kicks up a notch at 1 p.m. with both indoor and outdoor family activities at the North Ridge Centennial Community Centre. At 2 p.m. there is a sports safety presentation by a member of the U of S Huskies.
At 1 p.m., the entertainment stage features live music that goes till 3:30, when the traditional Canada Cake and ice cream is dished out to the first 200 people.
The evening concludes with an indoor dance party, fireworks at dusk and an outdoor cinema under the stars.
In Warman, Canada Day festivities are slated for Lion’s Park. There’s a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30, followed by opening ceremonies and cake cutting at 11 a.m. Children’s activities run from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an entertainment stage featuring live music in the afternoon. The day ends with fireworks and an outdoor movie in the park.