Canada Day will once again be celebrated at the Sooke River Campground (aka, “the Flats”), and admission is by donation (from $0 to $ky’s-the-limit).
There is also a free shuttle bus service, due to the limited parking space at or near the event. The free shuttle will run between EMCS, Evergreen Mall, and the Sooke River Campground.
At 7:00 a.m, the vendors are invited to set up.
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the Sooke Legion is doing breakfast that morning on the Flats (instead of at the Legion), for only $5 per person (pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs). The public are invited to participate.
Gates open at 11:00 a.m.
Opening ceremonies begin at noon, when the 2018 Colour Party marches in the dignitaries.
Throughout the day you can expect to be entertained by the Amber Academy, an abudance of live performers, with Backbeat on the mainstage in the evening. Other activities include a kids zone with inflatables and face painting, and music bingo. There will be lots of food vendors, and the night will close with a bang with fireworks at 10:00 p.m.
The rules are pretty basic. No dogs on site, with the exception being for living-assistance dogs. No alcohol and no drugs. No bicycles being ridden on site; all bikes must be parked at top gate, so bring a lock. Wheelchair parking is available, but keep in mind that the terrain is a grassy campground.
You are also encouraged to bring your own foldable chair or blanket to appreciate the music and the fireworks show.
For more on this year’s celebrations, including opportunities for vending, performing or volunteering, visit them online.
Here are a few photos from previous years’ celebrations. Not to be missed!