Friday, August 02, 2013

Celebrate BC Day on Vancouver Island in the Capital City of Victoria

BC Parliament Buildings overlook Victoria's Inner Harbour. Photo by Sue Frause.
Oh, those Canadians know how to have a good time! Monday, August 5, is a civic holiday* across most of Canada. Also known as August Long Weekend, in British Columbia it's called BC Day, and Celebrate BC Day will be held at St. Ann's Academy in Victoria. The nine-hour festival, from 12-9 PM, is family friendly and features plenty of activities for all ages. Admission is free.


Sounds of BC | Main Stage Artists
  • 1-2 PM | The Iskew Singers
  • 2-3 PM | Bob & Lolo
    St. Ann's Academy. Photo by Sue Frause.
  • 3-4 PM | The Racket
  • 4-5 PM | Nuuka
  • 5-6 PM | Shred Kelly
  • 6-7 PM | The Archers
  • 7-8 PM | We Are The City
  • 8-9 PM | Dehli 2 Dublin
BC Eats Stage | Chef Demos
  • 1:00-1:45 PM | Bradford Boisvert | Amuse on the Vineyard
  • 2:00-2:45 PM | Marisa Goodwin | Organic Fair
  • 3:00-3:45 PM | Daniela Cubelic | Silk Road Tea
  • 4:00-4:45 PM | Dan Hudson | Hudson's on First
Through the BC Lens | Film Showcase at St. Ann's Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 PM | BC Artists Who Love BC
  • 1:15-2:00 PM | Eyes in the Forest
  • 2:00-3:00 PM | A Hand to Stand (w/filmmaker Q&A)
  • 3:00-4:00 PM | Reflections (w/filmmaker Q&A)
  • 4:00-4:30 PM | Cultivating community
  • 4:30-5:00 PM | BC Artists Who Love BC
  • 5:00 PM-5:45 PM | Eyes in the Forest
  • 5:45 PM-6:30 PM | A Hand to Stand
  • 6:30 PM-7:00 PM | Cultivating Community
Capture BC is a photography exhibit by photographers from across the province and will be on display throughout the day. Free Activities include games, crafts and giveaways from the sponsoring partners: Coast Capital Savings, Organized Khaos, Crafty Victoria and thenumber Creative.

St. Ann's Academy is located just blocks from Victoria's Inner Harbour at 835 Humboldt Street. Read more about the history of the academy and an exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in one of my previous blog posts.

*Elsewhere in Canada, the first Monday of August is known as Heritage Day in Alberta; Civic Holiday in Manitoba; Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan; Simcoe Day in Ontario; Natal Day in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick; and Civic Holiday in the Northwest Territories. Quebec, Newfoundland and Nunavut don't have an August loon weekend, so it's business as usual!