The Penticton Herald had a list of events happening July 1 for Canada Day and it seemed the central location was Gyro Park. Camera at the ready, I sauntered down to the park to take in some of the festivities.
Entertainment was in full swing judging by the music filtering through the trees and as I entered the park, I was in the middle of throngs of people moving around and stopping at the various tents selling everything from palm readings to popcorn.
Many young families were there and a giant person decked out in maple leaves and a Canada flag for a cape, was handing out flags to eager children.
I was in time to see the end of a show by the Bahiti Belly Dancers and after that Michael Musclow on guitar.
Quite a few people got into the spirit by wearing red and white, and sporting Canadian flags in many wild and wonderful ways. I met a couple of women named Jo and Phyl who were obviously having fun and enjoying the day.
There were special fun things for the kids, including a climbing wall from Loco Landing, face painting and a toy store.
I wandered around for a while enjoying the festive ambiance and chatting to friends. The day ended with a colorful fireworks display over Okanagan Lake.
Happy 144th Birthday Canada!