Canada Day targeted to celebrate new town square

This summer’s Canada Day is likely to have double the celebrations in Lake Cowichan.


This summer’s Canada Day is likely to have double the celebrations in Lake Cowichan.

Alongside the inevitable antics and extravaganza to celebrate the country’s anniversary, July 1 is seemingly set to be an extra day of jubilation for the town itself.

Council is planning that day to serve as dedication day for the new town square.

“July 1 would be a good opportunity to have the dedication day and ceremonies for the town square as there’d be lots of participation of First Nations who might bring some dancers as well,” said chief administrative officer Joseph A. Fernandez, at a sustainable planning committee meeting held Jan. 21 at city hall.

Mayor Ross Forrest was on board.

“We feel that’d be a good day as I know Councillor (Bob) Day already thinks Heritage Days and Lake Days might be too big,” said the mayor.

Councillor Tim McGonigle was also for the idea of a double celebration come July.

“That would obviously be in conjunction with the Canada Day celebrations. I think it’d be great.”

Renfrew Town Square will be finished within the next few months prior to the summer.

Also on the agenda was the topic of a similar dedication day for the improvements at Saywell Park. McGonigle believes Heritage Days might work for that.

“Saywell Park could be done in conjunction with Heritage Days as we have the log truck parade and kids’ parade, so there’s an opportunity for participation there as well. That’s the May long weekend. We obviously have to contact the heritage society and ask them if we can piggyback on top.”

Forrest was once again on the same wavelength.

“We had a follow up to our sports wall on Heritage Days before and it worked very well,” said the mayor.