CANADA DAY – Kamloops celebrations will carry on, virtually speaking

Colourfully dressed audience would normally gather for opening ceremonies. (File photo)

Canada Day celebrations in Kamloops will carry on but there will be no crowds of thousands at Riverside Park. Instead, the City of Kamloops and Kamloops Arts Council, with funding from Heritage Canada, have announced the Virtual Kamloops Canada Day 2020 Celebration.

In April, the City of Kamloops announced that the annual Canada Day celebration in Riverside Park would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual event will feature a line-up of musical performances, artists, interactive activities, and more.

“We’re still finalizing the line-up but so far we have several performances by local groups confirmed including Ukrainian Dancers, Canada Wide Drumming, and Western Canada Theatre,” said Terri Hadwin, Kamloops Arts Council Executive Director.

A number of interactive activities are planned for the kids (of all ages), including face painting and a science experiment. A list of supplies for the event’s activities will be listed on

“We are excited to be able to bring a virtual Canada Day celebration to the residents of Kamloops,” said Dewi Evans, the City’s Community Events Coordinator.

“The annual event in Riverside park draws tens of thousands of people, so we know it is a popular event. We hope the virtual event will bring some joy and a sense of community togetherness and national unity that our annual event in the park would. It will be presented in a different format, but the spirit of celebrating Canada Day is just as strong as ever,” added Evans.

For more details on how to access the livestream, and an event schedule, visit

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