Who’s ready for the weekend?
If you’re a social butterfly, this one is going to be busy. Quesnel is hosting a number of fun as well as important events over the next few days.
Friday’s events are some of the most meaningful, with a walk from LeBourdais Park for Orange Shirt Day, to recognize the impact of residential schools on Indigenous groups. School children as well as members of the public will commemorate the day by walking from the park to where the two rivers meet, and residential school survivors will be sharing their story at various venues over the weekend. Remembering these past atrocities is an important step on the path to reconciliation for aboriginal groups in Canada.
The same evening, women and supporters will gather at the Women’s Memorial Monument on the River Walk to begin a walk for Take Back the Night, to bring awareness to violence against women.
Two marches, two significant causes.
And Saturday, where to start?
This weekend is Culture Days, so there are a number of events going on across the city to celebrate B.C.’s unique culture. There’s free entry to the museum, a harvest festival in Bouchie Lake, and the Correlieu Jazz Band performing at the Farmers’ Market.
And if you’re in the downtown area, the Wildfire Recovery Party at LeBourdais Park will be in full swing from 12 p.m. Feeling a little stiff? Try out a free yoga session. Needing inspiration? Sit awhile and listen to retired Fort McMurray fire chief’s motivational speech. Want to loosen up and enjoy the moment? Have a dance during singer-songwriter Jason Blaine’s performance. And if all that makes you hungry, try some of the salmon, bannock, pizza and burgers on offer, all for free.
And little ones won’t want to miss the annual Touch a Truck event on McLean Street, in front of the Child Development Centre building. This is their chance to climb into those big trucks they see on the roads and give the horn a toot.
The city, it seems, will be one big party.
And if all that doesn’t make you want to drop by Sunday, there’s more.
Take in a locally filmed and produced movie at the Chuck Mobley Theatre as part of Culture Days. The Doctor’s Case has been winning awards all over North America, and was written and directed by Barkerville’s own James Douglas. Keep your eyes peeled as you watch for some of Barkerville’s best street actors, who are featured in the film.
With such a variety of entertaining, fun and moving events, there’s no way locals will be bored this weekend.
You can’t tell us there’s nothing to do in Quesnel.
Quesnel Cariboo Observer