With summer here, it’s a great time to celebrate our community and experience the many festivals and events taking place in Sechelt. You can connect with fellow residents and entertain visitors while taking part in the culture and fun of these many community events.
This summer’s selection of festivals and events in Sechelt kicked off early with a few newer offerings - Ocean’s Day, Pride Month, and the Multicultural Festival – all of which proved incredibly popular, and we look forward to seeing them continue for years to come. The Canadian Voyageur Brigade Society’s Canada 150 canoe journey was also a great success, with participants paddling from Egmont to Sechelt, then portaging across the land between two waters, then on to Gibsons and finishing in West Vancouver.
Another new event takes place this weekend: Word Play in the Park, a free, family-friendly event created by the Festival of the Written Arts, which will take place in the Rockwood Gardens (5511 Shorncliffe Ave) on Sunday June 25th. After a successful first year in Shirley Macey Park in 2016, the Rogue Arts Festival is moving this summer’s events to the Clarke Farm on Tyson Road in the Wilson Creek neighbourhood, August 25 – 27.
Many of our long-standing festivals are also gearing up to entertain all ages and tastes. From the sandy sculptures of the Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition to the collectible cars of the Festival of the Rolling Arts, and the literary lectures of the Festival of the Written Arts, there is something for everyone in Sechelt. Details on festivals and a complete list of summer events can be found in the online events calendar at suncoastarts.com
One thing that these events share is their dependence on the generosity and support of volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours, in many capacities, to bring the festivals to life. If you are looking for a way to contribute to your community, consider volunteering for this year’s Canada Day celebrations in downtown Sechelt. Volunteers are needed to help make our Canada 150 celebrations fun for everyone and volunteering is a great way to connect with your community, meet new people, and share in the fun of Canada Day. Secondary students can also use volunteer hours at festivals towards their graduation transitions requirements. Volunteer registration for Sechelt’s Canada Day event is open online at secheltdowntown.com.