Parade, pancakes and more at Canal Days

Head to Canal Flats for main Canal Days event Saturday, June 1st

Canal Flat’s biggest party of the year is almost here. Head down to the village for the annual multi-day celebration, with events running from Wednesday May 29 until Sunday, June 2nd. Parades, pancakes, even a cookie bakeoff this year – all go to make this a not-to-miss time in the Valley.

Youth bingo happens Wednesday, May 29th, followed Thursday, May 30th with an Amazing Race event for teens. Adult bingo also runs Friday evening, with play set to begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 31st is all for the kids. Starting at 7 p.m. at the community hall there will be free hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, games, balloons and more. Rudy the Clown will be on site, as well as some fun ladybug rock painting. And sure to be the highlight of the night, kids ages 8 to 18 are invited to show off their best cookies. Bring two dozen of your baked cookies to the community hall for judging. Cash prizes will be awarded for most creative, best-looking, most original, and best-tasting cookie. To enter the contest, rsvp to, or call 250-342-7407. Entry deadline is Monday, May 27th.

Saturday, June 1st set your alarm so you do not miss the stack of pancakes awaiting hungry patrons. Pancake breakfast runs from 8-10 a.m. Fuel up for a full day of fun with the parade, Cruise-In car show, raffles, games, beer gardens, food, and even monster trucks, all set up in downtown Canal Flats. Valley Forged will keep the party atmosphere going all afternoon, with live music from 12-4 p.m. Saturday’s festivities wrap up in the evening at the Canal Days Dance, with music by the Mile High Club.

Sunday, June 2nd pack up the family and head to Tilly Memorial Park for the duct-tape boat races. There is never a dull moment when you have gung-ho individuals hopping on boats literally held together with duct tape and madly paddling their way to the finish line before their boats sink into the cold, clear depths of Columbia Lake.

“It’s fun, it’s entertaining. Come see what we’re doing here in Canal Flats,” urged Karen Flowers, one of the coordinators for the annual Canal Days, which will mark its 70th anniversary in 2020.

For more information on this year’s Canal Days, email, or call 250-349-5447.

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