Canada Day party back and bigger than ever

Connect Church has begun fundraising for Cranbrook’s celebration of the national holiday

A group has stepped forward to organize Cranbrook’s Canada Day celebration, which last year was hurriedly organized at the last minute by the City of Cranbrook after no one offered to coordinate the event.

Connect Church will organize the July 1 festivities, including a fireworks display, starting at 5 p.m. back at Moir Park.

In January 2013, Sunrise Rotary Club advised city council that it could no longer organize the national holiday celebrations in Cranbrook because of uncertainty around funding from grants and the club’s commitment to other worthy projects.

The city began approaching community groups to coordinate the event, but by early June was forced to itself organize a scaled-down Canada Day party.

Each year, city council commits $2,000 towards the fireworks display at Moir Park. In 2013 council contributed an additional $2,500 towards a music and entertainment celebration at Rotary Park.

An individual, Gord Felske, fundraised to pay for a modest fireworks display in 2013.

But this year, Connect Church has come forward to organize Canada Day festivities, including entertainment and the fireworks display, all back at Moir Park as it was prior to 2013.

With council’s $4,500 support through its 2014 Grants to Organizations, Connect Church is working to fundraise to reach its $25,000 goal for the celebration. The new organizers hope that this budget will allow them to have a fireworks display that is double the size of last year’s.

Residents and businesses are advised that this is a legitimate fundraiser, supported by the City of Cranbrook, and you may be approached for a donation to help put on the event. Donations for the display will be collected and held by Connect Church.

If you wish to make a donation to the 2014 Canada Day festivities and fireworks display, please drop them off at 131 7th Avenue South. Cheques can be made out to Connect Church.

The fun will start at 5 p.m. at Moir Park and will include music, food, face painting, clowns, games, tattoos, bouncy castles and entertainment for the young and old.

Stay tuned for more information about the Canada Day celebration in the Townsman or online at and

Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Ryan McKenzie of the Kimberley Trails Society made an in-depth presentation to City Council describing the initial steps of the Electrify the Mountains eBike trails project. This is a look at the project one map.
Kimberley City Council hears details on Electrify the Mountain project

At the meeting of City Council on Tuesday, June 8 Ryan McKenzie… Continue reading

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2021 BC Summer Reading Club. Kimberley Public Library file
Kimberley kids invited to join summer reading club at Public Library

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the… Continue reading

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read