Canada Day celebrations won’t involve a whole lot of celebrating this year, thanks to the ongoing public health crisis. COVID-19 forced the cancellations of a lot of events this summer and festivities surrounding the national day of the country were not immune.
However, The Town of Smithers has moved its party online.
The Town and the Chamber of Commerce are putting together a virtual, pre-recorded concert featuring Alex Cuba, Mark Perry, a First Nations Drum Circle, an Indigenous speaker, and someone to sing the national anthem. It will be available to view online on the Town of Smithers’ Facebook page.
There will also be different contests online such as a best-dressed in white and red.
“It is a whole new way of celebrating,” said Kaitlyn Morris, recreation coordinator for the town of Smithers.
“It is actually exciting to come up with all these ideas on how we can still share our pride of being Canadian and doing it all virtually. The whole Bulkley Valley is invited to take part in a virtual Canada Day celebration. It is just a unique way of doing it.”
Meanwhile, The District of New Hazelton has zero plans for July 1 and Telkwa’s celebrations are usually taken care of by the Telkwa Museum but at this point, there is nothing in the works.