Thousands of people took advantage of the bright, warm day to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in both Langleys on Saturday.
In Langley City, Al Anderson Memorial Pool hosted a free Canada 150 Celebration public swim.
Swimmers were encouraged to wear red and white to enter a draw and win swimming passes and lessons.
The newly redone Penzer Action Park, home of Canada’s largest outdoor Parkour park hosted the PKBC 11 Parkour Jam with Parkour professionals showing their skills.
The Township of Langley hosted two free events at Willoughby Community Park next to the Langley Events Centre and in Fort Langley.
There were long lineups at Willoughby for the photo booth to have pictures taken for a photo mosaic mural project to mark Canada’s 150 birthday.
Thousands of individual portraits of residents will make up the Community of Communities Photo Mosaic Mural which will be displayed as a public art piece in a community facility.
Willoughby Community Park was the site of the Langley Canada Day JRBQ sponsored by the Township, Langley Events Centre, and 93.7 JRfm along with title sponsor C&D Logistics.
Visitors enjoyed live musical performances and entertainment, a spray park, food trucks, and a barbecue to benefit Basics for Babies, which supports Lower Mainland Food Banks by providing diapers, baby food, formula, and other items for infants in need.
In Fort Langley, known as “the Birthplace of B.C.” residents and visitors celebrated at the historic fort and along King Street, at the Langley Centennial Museum and BC Farm Museum with games and crafts, face painting, and live entertainment
There were many other events throughout the Langleys, including the Aldergrove Legion on Fraser Highway, site of an old-fashioned “sports day” with contests like a water balloon toss, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, an obstacle course, and prizes and treat packages for participants.
At the Langley BMX track, where the Borderline Nationals were underway, the national anthem was sung by Capri Everitt, the Vancouver girl who performed 80 national anthems in 80 countries around the world to raise money for orphaned and abandoned children.