Harrison’s Canada Day Schedule of Events
We honour our relationship and connection to the Sts’ailes People and their territory that we live, work, and play on here in Harrison Hot Springs. Our Canada Day activities will take place in the heart of Harrison Hot Springs, and on the ancient Village of Qwólts, as part of our Celebrating Diversity we encourage attendees to reflect and learn. Visit Qwólts Park to learn more about Sts’ailes and the ancient Village of Qwólts .
While our virtual pet parades of the last two years proved to be the most popular events of Harrison’s online Canada Day, we are full steam ahead for a 2023 in-pawson parade.
Some changes, mostly for the comfort of our beloved pets on what is usually a stinking hot day:
PRE-REGISTRATION: We would like to have as many entries pre-registered as possible, so that we can estimate the total number of participants, and have presentations ready at the end of the parade. On Canada Day, there will be a check-in table for pre-registered paraders, plus we will accept a limited number of last minute entrants.
PRIZES FOR ALL: There will be no judging this year; instead, each pet will receive a certificate of participation as well as a small surprise provided by local businesses.
Join us as we kick off the opening ceremony in the traditional territory of Sts’ailes, our ceremonies will take place in Civic Centre Plaza in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs. The ceremony will include welcome speeches from local dignitaries, a welcome song and dance from the Sts’ailes Sasquatch Dancers, and cupcakes-while supplies last- from Cabin Fever Junction!
Welcome – Mayor
Flag Raising, O’ Canada
Welcome- Chief Ralph Leon Jr.
Welcome- Chief Andrew Victor
The Dimes sing everything from 1950s rock and roll, 60s doo-wop, and 70s disco, to the greatest hits of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s – there is truly something for everyone across their broad repertoire, making them an instant crowd-pleaser at any event. They are a great choice for a family friendly public event, as an extra special touch during lunch, dinner or drinks, or as a way to get the party started. I’d love to discuss further any upcoming events at Harrison Hot Springs you think could be enhanced by live entertainment from The Dimes.
“A Metis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians.
Throughout the years, Sandy has mentored the next generation of First Nations singers and songwriters, passing on her knowledge of music theory, vocal techniques, songwriting craft and music-industry protocol. She has toured to festivals on five continents.” –
“Brander Raven McDonald is a Peguis Status Cree (Manitoba, Canada), Artist, Performer & Facilitator with Indigenous lineage. He and his lovely wife Jil of Mohawk heritage both enjoy their two sons and growing family. Brander holds a BA in Fine Arts and Psychology concentrations, as well as a diploma in Recording and Audio Engineering. He is a wonderfully talented multi-media artist and Indigenous role model. Many people describe him as quietly and powerfully talented, a deep thinker, listener in whose intuitiveness is valued by all who have worked with him and especially to those who have been touched by his talents and abilities. He is proudly Spiritual and has always felt a powerful personal connection to Creator and credits this for sustaining him in trials of life. Brander’s hope is to present encouragement through his Arts based on his Indigenous cultural identity.”- Brander Raven
Returning to the streets of Harrison Hot Springs we have our annual parade. This years route will follow Hot Springs Road, turn right on Lillooet Avenue, right up St. Alice Street, right onto Esplanade Ave, and returning via Maple Street.
To register for the Harrison Hot Springs Parade, please contact our Parade Marshall.
Note: Road closures and Boat launch interruptions will be in effect from 4:00 PM -6:00 PM.
Finishing our night off, we have the Rockwell Band. The Rockwell Band is a 4-piece band that plays all the classics that will have you up and dancing away.