Canada Day celebrations are taking place across all communities in the Cowichan Valley.
CVRD Director Sierra Acton says celebrations in Shawnigan Lake start at 9am with a pancake breakfast at the legion.
Acton says the community can become a permanent part of the new pavilion by purchasing a peg for the new structure.
There will also be cake, bouncy castles and lots of celebrations all day long. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit
The Island Savings Centre and Friendship House are hosting a joint free family celebration for National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day at Centennial Park with face painting, an imagination station, mini golf and a watermelon eating contest. There’s also music and fun at Charles Hoey Park with entertainment from 11am to 9pm.
Transfer Beach is the place to be in Ladysmith from 1 to 5pm. Live music and kids activities to celebrate, and of course a giant cake.
In Lake Cowichan, celebrations start at 11am with O Canada, followed by cake and an arts walk.
Maple Bay celebrations start at 9:30 with a parade, awards, prizes, burgers, and bouncy castle. The parade starts at 10:30 across from the old fire hall.
Celebrations in Chemainus go form 11 to 3 at Waterwheel Park with tons of free activities including a petting zoo and face painting.