Action-packed Canada Day

Get ready for an action-packed Canada Day in downtown Kelowna.

Organizers are busily preparing for the annual festivities, which are expected to attract more than 55,000 people.

The 22nd annual Canada Day festival includes events at Waterfront Park, Prospera Place, Kerry Park, Stuart Park and throughout the Cultural District.

The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes a full 12 hours, until 11 p.m.

"As ever, our number one goal ... is to make sure the event offers something for everyone," says Festivals Kelowna's Renata Mills.

There will live music on six outdoor stages, the multicultural Folkfest at Prospera Place, dog agility demonstrations, drop-in activities and games in the Kids Zone, a mini regatta by the Kelowna Model Sailboat Association, a Made in Canada Marketplace, and more.

Folkfest will of course feature multicultural performances and a wide variety of ethnic foods – and who can forget the giant Canada Day cake? Get your slice at 12:30 p.m.

There are also events going on at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre and Kelowna Art Gallery.

That evening, the Kelowna City Concert Band performs its Canada Day concert at Prospera Place.

The day wraps up with a fireworks display over Tugboat Bay at 10:30 p.m.

The multitude of events will require the closure of Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive, as well as the lakefront promenade, from the north end of Tugboat Beach through Rotary Marsh and Sunset Drive.

In addition, Knox Mountain Road will be closed beginning at 8 p.m.

Parking will also be restricted, and car pooling or public transit is encouraged.

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