Lively parade, lots of activities at hall equal lots of family fun at Honeymoon Bay Day

Lake Cowichan’s fire department comes to the Bay to join the fun. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan’s fire department comes to the Bay to join the fun. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Area director Ian Morrison and MP Alistair MacGregor enjoy a walk in the sun on Honeymoon Bay Day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Area director Ian Morrison and MP Alistair MacGregor enjoy a walk in the sun on Honeymoon Bay Day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Pirates on pontoons? What fun! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Pirates on pontoons? What fun! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Youbou’s fire department just finished the parade before they had to head out on a call. Never a dull moment. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Youbou’s fire department just finished the parade before they had to head out on a call. Never a dull moment. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
One of the delights of this year’s Honeymoon Bay Day parade was the influx of entries in the decorated bike contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)One of the delights of this year’s Honeymoon Bay Day parade was the influx of entries in the decorated bike contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It was a great day to enjoy a parade in Honeymoon Bay.It was a great day to enjoy a parade in Honeymoon Bay.
Ray Wear waves from the passenger side of this Honeymoon Bay fire truck in the parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Ray Wear waves from the passenger side of this Honeymoon Bay fire truck in the parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
There are always plenty of fire trucks in Honeymoon Bay’s parade.There are always plenty of fire trucks in Honeymoon Bay’s parade.
Cowichan Valley Recreation brings a great underwater ‘float’ to the Honymoon Bay Day parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Cowichan Valley Recreation brings a great underwater ‘float’ to the Honymoon Bay Day parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Cowichan Valley Recreation brings a great underwater ‘float’ to the Honymoon Bay Day parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Cowichan Valley Recreation brings a great underwater ‘float’ to the Honymoon Bay Day parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
MP Alistair MacGregor high fives a prize winner in the decorated bike contest.MP Alistair MacGregor high fives a prize winner in the decorated bike contest.
Ian Morrison, right, and Katherine Worsley, left, present the prizes to a winner at the Honeymoon Bay Day festivities. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Ian Morrison, right, and Katherine Worsley, left, present the prizes to a winner at the Honeymoon Bay Day festivities. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
First place in the decorated bike contest? Yes! It’s a great day.First place in the decorated bike contest? Yes! It’s a great day.
Most of the entrants in the decorated bike contest are quite young so MP Alistair MacGregor, a father himself, is right at home with the winners. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Most of the entrants in the decorated bike contest are quite young so MP Alistair MacGregor, a father himself, is right at home with the winners. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Kids get ready for the judging in Honeymoon Bay Day’s decorated bike contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Kids get ready for the judging in Honeymoon Bay Day’s decorated bike contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The judges are on the case: looking over the bikes to choose the top three. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The judges are on the case: looking over the bikes to choose the top three. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The judges are on the case: looking over the bikes to choose the top three. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The judges are on the case: looking over the bikes to choose the top three. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
There are lots of decorated bikes in this year’s Honeymoon Bay Day contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)There are lots of decorated bikes in this year’s Honeymoon Bay Day contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Behind all the fun going on in the park are some great tunes.Behind all the fun going on in the park are some great tunes.
Hopscotch is part of the obstacle course offered by Cowichan Lake Recreation.Hopscotch is part of the obstacle course offered by Cowichan Lake Recreation.
Hoppin’ along on the grass is a fun way to enjoy Honeymoon Bay Day.Hoppin’ along on the grass is a fun way to enjoy Honeymoon Bay Day.
The Chamber’s new T-shirt design features a paddle-boarding elk. Sweet! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The Chamber’s new T-shirt design features a paddle-boarding elk. Sweet! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Face painting is one of the activities offered at the park after the parade at Honeymoon Bay Day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Face painting is one of the activities offered at the park after the parade at Honeymoon Bay Day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The Honeymoon Bay Day parade may not last long but everyone in the community was out eagerly waiting for it on Saturday morning, July 20.

They’d just enjoyed pancakes at the fire hall and, after the fire trucks, floats, and decorated bicycles went by, all were ready for an afternoon of fun in the community hall, enjoying games, crafts, an obstacle course, and food.

The decorated bike contest, organized by the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, with help from You Fix It Bikeworks, and Lake Cowichan Lions Club, was a great success, attracting lots of entries and adding lots of colour to the parade, too.