The District of Sechelt has finalized plans for a physically-distanced Canada Day celebration. After officially cancelling the annual downtown parade and festivities in April, District staff worked closely with Vancouver Coastal Health to develop a program of events that comply with all provincial COVID-19 health requirements.
This year’s celebration takes place Wednesday July 1st and will include the launch of a locally made musical tribute video to essential workers. The video, featuring local musicians along with nurses, doctors, firefighters and other local heroes, will be shared on YouTube, Facebook, and the District of Sechelt website.
Activities for the day include three drive-by style parades that will venture out into various neighborhoods of Sechelt. Residents of Sechelt will be able to enjoy the parade from their own front lawn or driveway. In advance of the parade, residents are encouraged to display their love of Canada by decorating their homes, cars, driveways, or themselves for a chance to win a prize in the #CanadaDaySechelt contest. The Sechelt Downtown Business Association has donated $500 in gift cards as prizes for the best decorations. Rules for the contest will be posted Wednesday June 24th on the District of Sechelt’s social media pages and at sechelt.ca/CanadaDay
In the afternoon of July 1st, roving performers will animate the waterfront walkways in Davis Bay and along the Boulevard. To discourage crowds, the performers will walk with pedestrians, rather than performing in one fixed location.
Canada Day in Sechelt celebrations will wrap up just after 7pm. Immediately following the evening salute to health-care workers, local singer and music teacher Sara Douglas will perform a bilingual version of O Canada that will be broadcast online. We encourage everyone to sing along from your windows, back decks, and front yards.
Registration for the drive-by parade, and information related to Canada Day in Sechelt, can be found at sechelt.ca/CanadaDay or search for “Canada Day in Sechelt” on Facebook.