Sooke Lions planning bigger Canada Day celebration

Residents asked for their thoughts on expanding the celebration

The Sooke Lions Club wants to celebrate Canada Day in a big way this year, but it needs your help.

The Lions have hosted Canada Day festivities at the Sooke River Flats for the last five years, and this year hope to expand the program recognizing Canada’s 150 anniversary celebration.

So far, the Lions have received support from many community groups including the Sooke Community Association, Sooke Rotary Club, Harbourside Lions, District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.

Now residents are asked for their thoughts on expanding the celebration and what they’d like to see and do.

“It’s a bigger nationwide celebration, and we want to make it a bigger event in Sooke,” said Al Beddows, who is co-chairing the event with fellow Lion Lorne Christensen.

“What we’re doing is looking for input from anybody who has something that they would like to do, like an act or display … something that they would like to contribute to Canada Day.”

This year’s Canada Day festivities will kick off earlier with a 9 a.m. breakfast. Opening ceremonies will be held at noon. There will be entertainment, family events, booths and displays throughout the day.

“This is for the people of Sooke, and we’re [the Lions] just the catalyst to put it on,” said Christensen, who is booking the entertainment and has announced the return of Virtual Elvis for the fifth straight year.

Canada Day has become Sooke’s largest celebration since the demise of All Sooke Day in 2002 and attracts more than 2,500 people every year.

Beddows hopes with an expanded program that Sooke residents will make a day of enjoying Canada Day activities at the Flats on July 1.

Those interested in helping with Canada Day events can call Lorne Christensen or Al Beddows at 778-425-4420 or email

Just Posted

Sooke mom hopeful for funding to treat child’s debilitating arthritis

Jillian Lanthier ‘prays’ for $19,000 per-dose drug for her son

BC SPCA proposes fines for animal mistreatment, reduction in commercial trade

Animal welfare group’s ideas brought to Victoria councillors

Trial date delayed in case of slain Oak Bay sisters

Case of Andrew Berry, charged in deaths of daughters, will reconvene in three weeks

School’s on today, more snow expected across Greater Victoria

Environment Canada says more snow could fall Friday

After dark: Sandown construction goes overnight

Noise concerns from Sidney could stop nighttime work schedule

Photo gallery: Show us your Winter Wonderland!

User submitted photos from around Greater Victoria

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

All aboard! Job fair ports this weekend in Victoria

Find out about the hundreds of jobs in Victoria’s cruise ship industry

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Human remains found near Campbell River

Human remains were found in a rural area outside Campbell River, RCMP… Continue reading

Alberta drops B.C. wine boycott, Notley says Horgan ‘blinked’ on pipeline

B.C. government announces court reference on proposed diluted bitumen restriction

Tofino Bus will cover Victoria–Nanaimo route after Greyhound announces cut

Although its name says ‘Tofino’, this bus company serves all of Vancouver Island

Most Read