December 05, 2006 | Tips from Us >
Campbell River, Festivals & Events
This past Sunday December 3rd with all the snow still on the ground my family made the trek downtown to enjoy Campbell River's 2nd Annual Winterfest Parade. Because of the snowy conditions there wasn't as many spectators as we expected but it was a wonderful community event. In the parage itself there were the Fire engines, elves, Frosty, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus handing out goodies, horses all decked out in red bows and such, newspapers and news channels showed up in force, the postal workers donated their time to gather letters from all the kids to Santa. The Mayor and a few Councillors waving to the crowd it was GREAT!! This being our 2nd annual parade it was about 15-20 minuteslong and I expect it will grow every year. It was thrilling to see all the kids running with their letters in hand and chasing after the candies and chocolate bars, they didn't care about the snow and the slush. The smiles on their faces made it all worth while. The parade ended at the Discovery Pier and Maritime Heritage Centre where the Winterfest Market opened for the first Sunday of the season. I couldn't believe the crafts, gifts, jewlery, knitted things like caps, scarfs, aroma therapy filled the air. It was a wonderful atmosphere and Santa was also available for pictures. There were hundreds of people so it was a little busy but everyone had a smile on their face and I was very proud of the volunteers and the citizens of Campbell River for showing their Christmas and community spirit. The Maritime Centre is also home to the BCP45 which a very historic boat in Canada because it was used by the Canadian Mint in the 70's-80's on our $5. This building was perfect for our Winterfest Market and I will be going the next two Sunday's just to be immersed in that wonderful atmosphere and maybe to make a purchase or two.