The plan remains that Kinosoo Beach improvements will be finished in time for Canada Day and moving the entirety of the July 1st celebrations to the lake area.
This phase of work includes shade structures, the construction of a promenade, landscaping and irrigation, as well as additional lighting and seating — but also there is the addition of barges.
While working as a spot for boaters to stop off at and for future lake dredging work, the goal is to shoot fireworks from the barges and have the show down at the beach this Canada Day.
“People are going to be able to pull it up there with their boats and sit on that barge, if they like, it’s gonna have a deck on it. It’ll have a railing around it. It’ll be marked at night so that boaters know what’s out there,” said Mayor Craig Copeland on The Morning After.
“But we’re going to try to shoot off some fireworks out there. So we really challenged the fire department and they’re going to try their best to shoot off the fireworks for Canada Day.”
The barges arrived in Cold Lake on Wednesday and after some minor painting and logo work, city staff began launching and assembling at the marina on Thursday.
The Canada Day festivities began with the senior’s breakfast presented by Cold Lake Seniors’ Society at 8:00am.
The parade begins at 10:00am around Lakeshore Drive that starts at the North Fire Hall with a CF-18 fly-by at 11:00am.
The afternoon includes various activities for the kids like bounce houses, balloon animals, ventriloquist, a magic/comedy show, and even axe throwing. The MainStreet Band takes the main stage at 6:00pm before The Trews perform at 8:00pm.
The fireworks display gets going at 10:30pm.
“It’s looking pretty sharp. And so the idea is that Canada Day, it’ll be open. That’s where we’ll have our big celebrations. And of course, the idea is that the way they design it, the stage will be there. And so The Trews will be playing on Canada Day at night. And with the fireworks, it’ll be pretty cool,” said Copeland.
“Get all the families out there. Canada Day is about celebrating and being part of one of the best countries in the world.”