Plenty to do on Canada Day

Aldergrove Legion is hosting its annual free Canada Day family party on Wednesday, July 1, and it's open for all in the community

Aldergrove Legion is hosting its annual free Canada Day family party on Wednesday, July 1, and it’s open for all in the community, not just Legion members and their families.

A special feature of this year’s event is an “old-fashioned sports day” on the Legion’s back lawn. From noon until 4 p.m. youngsters will compete in a variety of events such as a water balloon toss, three-legged, sack and wheelbarrow races and an obstacle course, for prizes.

Canada Day cake will be served at no charge to all guests, and hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks will be sold at bargain prices from the Legion barbecue. Soft drinks and water will also be available at the outdoor family party.

There will be children’s entertainment and activities outdoors in the fenced lawn area and inside the Legion hall there will be dancing for adults to the music of Landslide from 3 to 7 p.m.

Children’s entertainers include Rosie Ribbonstar performing at 12:30, Andrew the Magician performing at 2 p.m., and balloon artist Mr. Flowers Jr. creating from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be a bouncy castle, along with free flags, flag “tattoos” and face painting.

There is no admission charge to the Legion’s Canada Day party and it is open to all citizens.

Locals may also celebrate Canada Day in historic Mount Lehman (founded 1874) at the Mt. Lehman Community Hall, 6418 Mt. Lehman Rd. (at the intersection of Mt. Lehman and Taylor Roads) in north-west Abbotsford.

There will be cinnamon buns for breakfast purchase starting at 8 a.m. along with complimentary coffee or tea at the Community Hall.

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. from the Mt. Lehman Credit Union, 5889 Mt. Lehman Road. Mt. Lehman Road will be closed to motorists between Harris and Taylor and Ross and Taylor Roads (except parade traffic) from 9 to 10 a.m.

A cake and festivities will follow at the Mt. Lehman Community Hall.

If you would like to participate in the parade by driving your car, motor cycle, tractor, bicycle, float, walking or roller blading please meet at the Credit Union at 9 a.m.

Langley’s Canada Day event will be held on Wednesday, July 1 at Willoughby Community Park, 7888 – 200 Street.

The event is sponsored by JR FM radio station and the Township of Langley. It runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission and parking are free.

A kids zone, spray park and barbecue are part of the event, which features a series of country performers on stage. Donations from the barbecue go to JR FM’s Basics For Babies program.

Performing are Danielle Marie, Her Brothers, Cash Crawford, Chris Buck Band, Washboard Union, King & Cash,  Robin & Ryleigh, Raquel Cole and Rod Black.

There will also be a series of activities at Fort Langley on Canada Day, including free admission to the museums and historic sites.

It begins with a pancake breakfast on King Street at 8 a.m. There will be a Festival of the Book at the community hall from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be entertainment and activity at Fort Langley National Historic Park. A special exhibit on the history of Langley Speedway will be at the Langley Centennial Museum.

There will be a petting zoo and activities at the Farm Museum. Bard in the Valley will perform Love’s Labours Lost outside the community hall at 3 p.m. See celebratecanadaday.ca for more details.