***CAUTION: This blog post contains A LOT of images and may increase your page load time.***
Canada Day is a huge celebration in the village of Westport with several events being run for all ages. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and photograph two of them, before getting called away to a family emergency. Please don’t fret, as all are ok now but it meant that I missed the afternoon/evening’s activities and I’m sorry for that.
The day started off with a barbecue breakfast which was well attended by many happy, joyful community members and guests. There was lots of food (even a crepe station!), big smiles and plenty of laughs. You even had a chance to see all six painted chairs currently on display for the Westport Arts Council’s “Art in the Street” or try your hand at a “Spin to Win” game that had some cool prizes (I scored a Canada Day beach ball!).
At 11am, everyone reconvened at Lockwood Park for the reveal of the big red dog’s name (Buster), the singing of Canada’s national anthem, and to participate in the Canada Day parade. We marched through the village, ending at the local firehall/arena.
It looked like everyone had a brilliant time in the parade, showing off their red and white colours celebrating Canada’s birthday. As the parade came to an end, there were a few fun activities set up for the kids at the firehall and the arena. Just look at the intensity on some the kids’ faces as they try to “extinguish” the fire in front of them.
A big thank you to all that planned, organized and volunteered at the events. Canada Day is an amazing time to be in Westport and I look forward to 2020.