Despite the rain, the crowd at the Boitanio Park Canada Day Celebrations was enthusiastic.
“I am quite impressed with the turn out,” said organizer Suzanne Cochrane.
The park was filled with children’s activities, vendors, Canada-themed quizzes and activities and arts and crafts.
Following an opening by the Colour Party and the Williams Lake Legion Branch 139, and a welcome from Secwepemc elders led by Virginia Gilbert of the Williams Lake Indian Band, the Williams Lake Community Band kept the audience entertained.
At 11:45 a.m. Canada Day cupcakes were served. More than 700 cupcakes were formed into a Canada flag by bakery staff at Save-on-Foods.
While the wet weather cancelled the Skateboard and BMX Jam, there was still plenty to do and many vendors to check out.
“It’s great having people to come out and celebrate Canada Day,” said Cochrane.
The event was organized by the city’s Recreation Services and was funded by the Government of Canada, the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake.