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Kitimat gearing up for events-packed Canada Day celebrations

Festivities will culminate with free concerts and fireworks display
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Canada Day parade participants brave the weather during 2017 celebrations in Kitimat. File photo

Kitimat is all set to celebrate Canada Day with a bang, promising a day filled with exciting events and community spirit. The festivities are a highlight of the summer, thanks to the District of Kitimat's 2024 budget allocation of $75,000 for the day's general celebration and an additional $20,500 earmarked for fireworks and cleanup.

The celebrations kick off early with a series of pre-Canada Day events. On Friday, June 21, the Kitimat Show and Shine at the Tamitik Arena will showcase an impressive array of cars, trucks and bikes. The excitement continues on Saturday, June 22, with the 14th Annual Memorial Hillclimb on Haisla Hill, featuring the Power Wheels Showdown.

July 1, the main event day, starts with a hearty pancake breakfast at Upper City Centre Mall. The much-anticipated parade begins at noon, departing from Mountain View Square and concluding at Riverlodge Recreation Centre. Following the parade, the International Food and Craft Fair will offer an array of crafts and cuisine. At Riverlodge Recreation Centre, kids can enjoy bouncy castles sponsored by Rio Tinto, carnival games, and outdoor helicopter rides ($80 per person). Entertainment will be abundant with performances by Nicolai Smith, the Hula Hoop Circus,and The Locals. The Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre will also host a free swim.

As the day progresses, festivities will include a kids' zone, a dunk tank and free Canada Day cupcakes. The evening promises a spectacular lineup of free concerts featuring headliners American Legends and local acts Strange Ways, Sugarush, DJ ZUU and Hard Candy. The celebrations will culminate with the annual fireworks display.

For more information, you can visit the District of Kitimat's Festivals Kitimat page or find them on Facebook.

Timetable for July 1:

  • Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Upper City Centre Mall)
  • Parade: 12 p.m. (Mountain View Square to Riverlodge Recreation Centre)
  • International Food and Craft Fair: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Riverlodge Recreation Centre)
  • Bouncy Castles, Carnival Games, Helicopter Rides: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Riverlodge Recreation Centre)
  • Free Swim: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre)
  • Stage Entertainment: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Riverlodge Recreation Centre)
    • Nicolai Smith, Hula Hoop Circus, The Locals
  • Free Outdoor Concert: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    • American Legends, Strange Ways, Sugarush, DJ ZUU, Hard Candy
  • Fireworks: 11 p.m.


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