The City of Pitt Meadows acknowledges that Canada Day feels sombre this year and may be difficult for some in the community, especially in light of the atrocities discovered at former residential schools across Canada. With this in mind, the City of Pitt Meadows will be offering a variety of artistic and cultural experiences for residents to explore that focus on recognizing cultural diversity, reflecting on Canada’s history and taking time to pause and contemplate.

A Place of Reflection – the City has a place for contemplation at the Rising Spirit Eagle, beside the Katzie First Nation flag in Spirit Square. Residents are encouraged to take a moment to consider the painful parts of Canada’s history as it relates to our past and current relations with Indigenous communities, and how to move forward together towards a better future. Reflect on who you are as a Canadian, what you want our country to stand for, and how you can be a part of that change and support reconciliation.

Canada Day Kits – include items such as: freezies, bubbles, Frisbees, Canada Day flags, temporary tattoos, complete sets of craft supplies for a Canada Day inspired craft, chalk for the Chalk Art Challenge and the first clue to the Canada Day Scavenger Hunt! Locally made orange hearts will also be included that can be placed in windows in memory of the children who lost their lives in residential schools. Kits will be available for pick up at the Recreation Centre between June 28 and 30, while quantities last. No registration required.

Chalk Art Challenge – sharpen your chalk and hit the sidewalks, driveways or any safe concrete areas around town to create some artwork. Residents can send in a photo of their work to be shared on social media. A photo gallery on the City website will also display submissions. Chalk supplies will be available in the Canada Day Kits.

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt – these adventures have become a popular part of City events during COVID-19. Clues will be available in the Canada Day Kits, or hidden around town and will focus on history, as well as knowledge of local destinations and businesses.

Canada Day in Pitt Meadows:

When: July 1, 2021