Tens of thousands of people gathered at Townsend Park to watch the colourful Canada Day fireworks display put on by Midnight Pyro. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack celebrates Canada’s 150th with a bang

Tens of thousands of people filled Townsend Park on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial

It was a day packed full of activities, entertainment, and patriotism as Chilliwack celebrated Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary at Townsend Park on Saturday.

The morning activities saw thousands of families flock to arts-and-crafts tables, food trucks, market vendors, live demos and entertainment, and more to ring in Canada Day 150.

In the evening, an eclectic mix of musical entertainment took to the stage as the sun was setting on Chilliwack, and as the unveiling of the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural took place.

Minutes before 10 p.m., the park was filled with the sound of tens of thousands of Chilliwackians singing O Canada together, just before the countdown to the grand fireworks display.

Check back here, and read Wednesday’s print edition of The Progress, for more photos and a video from Chilliwack’s 150th Canada Day celebrations.


People take in the lovely weather as they walk through That Local Market during the Canada Day celebrations. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Peyton Stevens, 6, gets her face painted at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council booth. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

The Rotary Train gets a helping hand after getting stuck up an incline. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Siblings Grace (11), Christopher (13), and Sophie (9) Youssef sing O Canada in English and French during the evening entertainment. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

People watch and sing along to some afternoon entertainment. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Ivy Groening, 19 months, holds dad Aaron’s hand while walking through the park. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Excel Martial Arts performs during the celebrations. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

The crowd watches as Excel Martial Arts performs during the celebrations. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

People walk through That Local Market. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)