PHOTOS: Crowds flock to return of Gorge Canada Day Picnic in Saanich

Crowds troop down Gorge Road West at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Crowds troop down Gorge Road West at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Rowan Heron-O’Brien, 3, pauses for a break on a well-decorated driveway along Gorge Road during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Rowan Heron-O’Brien, 3, pauses for a break on a well-decorated driveway along Gorge Road during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Vintage and customized vehicles line a portion of Gorge Road West between Tillicum Road and Admirals as part of the return to normal for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic event on July 1. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Vintage and customized vehicles line a portion of Gorge Road West between Tillicum Road and Admirals as part of the return to normal for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic event on July 1. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Vintage and customized vehicles, including this 1960s era Cadillac, line a portion of Gorge Road West between Tillicum Road and Admirals as part of the return to normal for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic event on July 1. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Vintage and customized vehicles, including this 1960s era Cadillac, line a portion of Gorge Road West between Tillicum Road and Admirals as part of the return to normal for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic event on July 1. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Vintage and customized vehicles, including the Saanich police historical association’s old squad car, line a portion of Gorge Road West between Tillicum Road and Admirals as part of the return to normal for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic event on July 1. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Vintage and customized vehicles, including the Saanich police historical association’s old squad car, line a portion of Gorge Road West between Tillicum Road and Admirals as part of the return to normal for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic event on July 1. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Paddlers in a Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club canoe and dragon boat cross paths in the Gorge Waterway during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Paddlers in a Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club canoe and dragon boat cross paths in the Gorge Waterway during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Tom Morrisey Band performs at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)The Tom Morrisey Band performs at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Canada Day driveway art on display along Gorge Road during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Canada Day driveway art on display along Gorge Road during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Furry pals keep cool inside a Rambler American wagon on display in the car show portion of the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Furry pals keep cool inside a Rambler American wagon on display in the car show portion of the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
A Nash Metropolitan on display in the car show sports Canadian pride at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)A Nash Metropolitan on display in the car show sports Canadian pride at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
St. Cecelia performs at the Buskers Corner stage near Admirals Road during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)St. Cecelia performs at the Buskers Corner stage near Admirals Road during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Nick Stecz, foreground, leads a drumming workshop during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Nick Stecz, foreground, leads a drumming workshop during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Gorge Road residents show their national pride during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)Gorge Road residents show their national pride during the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Island Thyme Morris Dancers perform at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)The Island Thyme Morris Dancers perform at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic on July 1 in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

The Gorge Canada Day Picnic in Saanich made its return July 1 and thousands of people of all ages took advantage of the beautiful weather and multitude of offerings to take in the event Friday.

After being cancelled the past two years due to restrictions on gathering, the multifaceted community event was back in full swing on Gorge Road West between Tillicum and Admirals roads.

It featured everything from music of various genres at both ends of the venue, the Lekwungen Dancers, ethnic foods, family friendly and kids activities including road hockey, soccer and climbing on inflatables, the popular Gorge on Art display from local artists, the Canada Day market, free canoe and dragon boat rides courtesy of the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, the Strawberry Tea and more.

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