Rainy Canada Day at Heritage Park shines

MORE THAN 1,500 people attended Canada Day celebrations at Heritage Park July 1, continuing a tradition of making the park the place to be.

BLACKSMITH DAN Muller demonstrated his craft to interested spectators during Canada Day celebrations at Heritage Park. While the skill level in shaping iron hasn’t changed

MORE THAN 1,500 people attended Canada Day celebrations at Heritage Park July 1, continuing a tradition of making the park the place to be in Terrace for the country’s birthday.

One of the highlights this year was having a local artist at each of the park’s log buildings.

Not only could people view artists’ work and ask questions, they could also view the collections of artifacts inside each building.

“Having artists in residence at each of the buildings was part of the summer arts festival,” said Heritage Park marketing and events coordinator Rose Lariviere. “And by having artists at each building, we were able to open the buildings up for Canada Day and that’s the first time we’ve been able to do that.”

“People loved having the buildings open,” she added.

Musical entertainment, a Nisga’a dance group, a Canada Day birthday cake and a number of food vendors kept people fed and entertained.

Tethered horse rides for youngsters and hay rides, provided by The Northwest Therapeutic Equestrian Association and the Totem Saddle Club, respectively, proved among the more popular offerings.

A silent auction made up of items donated by local businesses and held to raise money for a downtown museum building brought in $3,411.50.

This was the 12th year Heritage Park has held a Canada Day event.