OUR VIEW: Happy Canada Day to all our readers

We say: Today is a day to reflect on the good things we enjoy

Canada Day is Campbell River’s biggest celebration of the year as we pull out all the stops to mark our country’s birthday.

It actually started a week ago with the cranking up of the chainsaws at the Transformations on the Shore carving competition marking the first big event of the week. It’s then followed by events ranging from the bonsai show to the dragon boat regatta on the estuary. The party then flows into today’s big celebration, culminating in tonight’s Quality Foods Festival of Lights fireworks display. And don’t forget the Canada Day celebrations on Quadra Island.

Canada Day is a day to take pride in our nation. Here locally, it’s an opportunity to take pride in our small corner of the country. Everything that’s good about our community is on display this past week as hundreds of volunteers give their time to put on a birthday celebration worthy of our great community and our great big, grand nation.

Not everybody goes downtown to mark Canada Day, others head out to the lakes or mountains or even head off to the mainland to visit friends and relatives. All of it is a good way to celebrate this day of national pride as we take a moment to reflect on the good things about our lives. The challenges return tomorrow and we’ll put our shoulders to those grindstones together and find ways to resolve the issues that we and our fellow citizens face.

But that’s tomorrow.  In the meantime, we wish all our readers a Happy Canada Day.