Lake Cowichan and Mesachie Lake celebrate Canada Day 2022

Cowichan Lake’s Lady of the Lake ambassadors were on hand to paint faces and hand out special Canada Day cupcakes to visitors to Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Cowichan Lake’s Lady of the Lake ambassadors were on hand to paint faces and hand out special Canada Day cupcakes to visitors to Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Island Silks’s Kayle Smith, 11, of Lake Cowichan, shows off her moves at Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Island Silks’s Kayle Smith, 11, of Lake Cowichan, shows off her moves at Central Park on July 1 as part of the Canada 155 celebrations. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Musician Kent Ball sings for a crowd at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Musician Kent Ball sings for a crowd at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Kenny Redman holds Emma Redman, 2.5, up high enough to insert a piece into a giant Connect Four game at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Kenny Redman holds Emma Redman, 2.5, up high enough to insert a piece into a giant Connect Four game at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Crafts and games were available for children and the children took advantage of them at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Crafts and games were available for children and the children took advantage of them at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Many put some effort into dressing festive to attend the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Many put some effort into dressing festive to attend the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Many put some effort into dressing festive to attend the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Many put some effort into dressing festive to attend the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
The First Cowichan Scouts served up lunch at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)The First Cowichan Scouts served up lunch at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District on July 1. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Lower Mainland friends, all originally from China, brought along a Canada Day minion to visit their lake friend, Molly, centre, also originally from China, on July 1, 2022. (Kathryn Swan)Lower Mainland friends, all originally from China, brought along a Canada Day minion to visit their lake friend, Molly, centre, also originally from China, on July 1, 2022. (Kathryn Swan)
Lake Cowichan Community Garden members and friends shared lunch together on their second annual Canada Day celebration in 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)Lake Cowichan Community Garden members and friends shared lunch together on their second annual Canada Day celebration in 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Carolyne and Gord Austin, longtime Lake Cowichan residents, staff a table with children’s games such as Play Doh and matchbox type toys at the 2022 Canada Day celebrations at Central Park in Lake Cowichan. (Kathryn Swan photo)Carolyne and Gord Austin, longtime Lake Cowichan residents, staff a table with children’s games such as Play Doh and matchbox type toys at the 2022 Canada Day celebrations at Central Park in Lake Cowichan. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Norah, six, becomes a tiger with the help of Princess Danielle at the Lady of the Lake face painting station in Central Park in Lake Cowichan on Canada Day, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)Norah, six, becomes a tiger with the help of Princess Danielle at the Lady of the Lake face painting station in Central Park in Lake Cowichan on Canada Day, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)
All levels of government, federal, provincial and municipal were represented by MP Alistair MacGregor, MLA Sonia Furstenau and CVRD director Ian Morrison at the Mesachie Lake celebrations on Canada Day, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)All levels of government, federal, provincial and municipal were represented by MP Alistair MacGregor, MLA Sonia Furstenau and CVRD director Ian Morrison at the Mesachie Lake celebrations on Canada Day, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)
At the refreshment booth at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebration, 2022, run by the Cowichan Lake Scouts troop, chef Noah prepares the onions, overseen by fellow Scouts and their leader. (Kathryn Swan photo)At the refreshment booth at the Mesachie Lake Canada Day celebration, 2022, run by the Cowichan Lake Scouts troop, chef Noah prepares the onions, overseen by fellow Scouts and their leader. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Folks were dressed up for Canada Day 2022 at Lake Cowichan. (Kathryn Swan photo)Folks were dressed up for Canada Day 2022 at Lake Cowichan. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Lake Cowichan’s Four Tenors entertain the crowd at Central Park in Lake Cowichan with popular cover songs on Canada Day, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)Lake Cowichan’s Four Tenors entertain the crowd at Central Park in Lake Cowichan with popular cover songs on Canada Day, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)

The community was ready and willing to head outdoors for the Cowichan Lake area’s various Canada Day festivities this year. It was the first full-scale July 1 event since the pandemic began.

Out at the Mesachie Lake Hall and the Skydome ball field, there was lots to see and do between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. included but not limited to an obstacle course, games, a misting station courtesy of the Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire Department, music by Kent Ball and food served up from the First Lake Cowichan Scouts.

Over in Lake Cowichan, the performers from Island Silks were on hand as well as a stand-out musical performance from Nathan Anderson, along with performanced by Jesse Porter and the Good Time Boys. The Lady of the Lake Ambassadors were on hand painting faces and handing out cupcakes and the concessions were in support of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society.

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