By Steve Hubrecht

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The Canal Flats Cruise In will wheel back into the Columbia Valley again this summer.

The classic car show was first launched in 2017 in conjunction with the Village of Canal Flats’s annual Canal Days Festival. The event was tremendously popular and grew each year. But in 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on both the Cruise In and the Canal Days Festival.

The Cruise In finally returned last year, but was held on a separate weekend than Canal Days, with the car show coming about a month after the festival.

Although the new schedule was the result of a hiccup in getting insurance instead of a deliberate move, it proved popular with Canal Flats residents and visitors alike, because there are now two major events on the village calendar in early summer (Canal Days in early June and the Cruise In in early July).

Event co-organizer Sjac Pronk had previously explained that the Cruise In is “a really nice, low-key event. Everybody gets together, meets new people and gets to see what other classic car lovers have been working on over the winter. It’s one of the first car shows of the season, so I really mean it when I say it’s a good chance to see what people have been up to over the winter.”

The event has drawn up to 100 cars, and more than 500 spectators in the past.

This year the Canal Flats Cruise In is set for Saturday, July 8, from noon until 4 p.m. at 4925 Burns Avenue. There will be live music by Stompyard. Admission is $20. For more information call 250-919-2104.

The Canal Flats Cruise In is set for Saturday, July 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at 4925 Burns Ave.
(Photo by Ryan Watmough)