Canada’s 150th Celebrations On Kootenay Lake

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Tom Lymbery

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The greatest fireworks display ever will be set off once again over Kootenay Lake from the Crawford Bay Airstrip and beach. With no street lights and reflections from the water, this annual event sponsored by the Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce brings thousands of watchers every year. This year there was greater than ever funding from the Government of Canada and donations from businesses. The giant illuminations will be set off by the Riondel Fire Department.

The fireworks display follows a full day of celebrations on the East Shore. It all starts at 11 am with the 16 piece Many Bays Band directed by acclaimed band leader Donnie Clark for the singing of O Canada at the flags in Crawford Bay Park.

This is followed by daytime fireworks, an unusual event for the kids, who gather round to each receive a Canadian flag when these descend from the sky. At the same time the Kootenay Lake Lions will be barbecuing burgers and fries (at old time prices) accompanied by ice cream, coffee and pop.

The Many Bays Band will play for a full two hours in the Fraser Pavilion – a real treat for music lovers. At the same time there will be games of all sorts going on as well as kids being active on the newly completed natural playground equipment. 

From 3 to 5 pm the action moves to the Riondel Campground where a Canada Day talent show takes place. Singing, dancing and more with all welcome.

Next at 5 pm the Boswell Hall dinner takes place at the Boswell Hall. Tickets sell out fast but are available at the Boswell Post Office, adults are $15, or at the door $18. Kids 8 – 13 are $8.

10:15 pm at the Crawford Bay Beach, the fireworks – rated by many as much more spectacular than those in other, larger communities. Visible from Highway 3A as well as many boats on the lake. Most of these boats will also be setting off fireworks to extend the display even further.

For those crossing the Kootenay Lake Ferry there are many campgrounds, cottages and hotel accommodations available so that you can stay over to see the ‘best fireworks ever’ and take in all the artisans offerings, as well as delicious East Shore food.