Canada Day family celebration at the museum

Submitted by Carroll Hodge

Gabriola Museum

Tuesday, June 23 2015

The Gabriola Museum will be hosting an event-filled family day on July 1 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. celebrating 50 years of Canada’s maple leaf flag. The maple leaf has been a Canadian emblem since the 1700s; the current flag design took 308 speeches and six months of debate in Parliament to be established as the national flag in 1965.

Students at Gabriola Elementary School have been learning about the history of the Canadian flag and other iconic Canadian symbols. Alex Hodgson’s Grade 2/3 class and Kate Reynolds’ Grade 4 class will work with Gabriola artist Catherine Hallam to create flags and emblems that will be displayed at the celebration.

This event is free for the entire community and begins at 2:30 p.m. at the museum with opening remarks, the Gabriola Boy Scouts raising the Canadian flag, the singing of “Oh Canada,” and poems read by Nanaimo Poet Laureate, Gabriola’s own Naomi Beth Wakan.

The celebrations include a cake, watermelon, cold drinks and activities for all ages: a three-legged race, a potato sack race, balloon toss and face painting. The museum will host a tug-of-war challenge between south-enders and north-enders. 

Gabriolans will have an opportunity to make their own tug-of-war challenge, i.e. families, businesses, organizations or neighbourhoods can challenge each other. So come on out and admire the students’ artistic flags, eat some cake, run some races and sign up your team for a tug-of-war match. Let’s celebrate Canada and our wonderful Gabriola community.  

Note: South Road will be closed in front of the museum between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Access to South Road will still be possible through Lochinvar Lane.