It is that favourite time of year, when the days get longer, school draws to an end and dreams of summer vacation begin to materialize. Here in the Okanagan we get to live out vacation dreams all summer long with trips to the beaches, wineries, picking fruit, hiking the trails, outdoor concerts and eating fresh local eats.
In West Kelowna the official ‘kick off to summer’ always begins with Westside Daze. This family fair and festival that has grown to host the largest parade of its kind outside of the lower mainland. The festivities spread out over four days, from June 28th to July 1st with the parade and fireworks taking place on Saturday, June 29th. Kids can enjoy the amusement rides and games while the adults are able to wander the grounds discovering the vendors, food carts and live entertainment.
This Canada Day weekend also marks the opening day of the Westbank Farmers’ Market. This is the quintessential small-town farmers’ market where one can get fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and a wholesome atmosphere. What sets it apart from some other markets in the Valley is that it stays true to it’s small town feeling. One can go there, have a friendly chat with the vendors and not feel crowded or rushed.
One other cool thing that is happening this Canada Day long weekend will be of particular interest to any history buffs out there. The Westbank Museum will be hosting live demonstrations of a Jack-Ladder miniature sawmill. This rare and special work of art is on loan from the BC Saw Filers Association and demonstrations take place on July 1st at the Museum between 12:00-12:30 pm and 1:00-1:30pm.
Get your Canada Day groove on and come out and enjoy what is taking place all weekend long!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Westside Daze | June 28- July 1 | Memorial Park | www.westsidedaze.com
Westbank Farmers’ Market | June 29 – 8 am – 1 pm | 2466 Main Street | www.westbankfarmersmarket.com
Westbank Museum | July 1 | 2376 Dobbin Rd (Hwy 97) | www.westbankmuseum.com