Festival 150 Celebrates with International Recording Artist Sarah McLachlan

Country Music Artist Jessie FarrellWhat better place to celebrate B.C. Day long weekend than in Victoria? This year, British Columbians have extra incentive to journey to the capital city during the holiday weekend: Festival 150. The Provincial Capital Commission, along with community partners and sponsors, is hosting this major public event in celebration of BC150.

The free family-oriented celebration will take place from Aug. 1-4 in the Inner Harbour. It will have something for everyone, from artisan markets to performances by internationally-acclaimed B.C. musicians. The highlight? On Aug. 4, British Columbians will have the opportunity to celebrate B.C. Day at a concert finale on the lawn of the B.C. Parliament Buildings that will feature a special acoustic performance by international recording artist Sarah McLachlan.

For a full schedule of events, visit Festival 150.


BC150 Brigade Team Crosses Canada

There are a few ways of getting from one side of Canada to another. You can fly, drive or even take a train. Right now over 200 people are ignoring these comfortable modes of transportation by following the lead of early explorers. They are canoeing down a river.David Thompson Brigade canoe

On May 10 the 2008 David Thompson Brigade started its epic 63-day journey from Rocky Mountain House to Thunder Bay.

Canoeing veteran Norm Crerar is leading the Vernon-based team Canadian Voyageur, which is sponsored by BC150 this year.

“This trip is a bicentennial commemoration of David Thompson’s discoveries,” said Crerar. “Thompson mapped the Columbia River, which helped British Columbia’s economy leap forward.”

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