Carli Everitt of Vancouver, who has sung 80 national anthems in 80 countries to raise funds for charity, belted out the Canadian anthem at the Langley BMX track, which is hosting the Borderline Nationals. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEOS and PHOTOS: Happy Canada Day in Langley

Thousands turn out to celebrate 150th anniversary

Thousands of people took advantage of the bright, warm day to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in both Langleys on Saturday.

In Langley City, Al Anderson Memorial Pool hosted a free Canada 150 Celebration public swim.

Swimmers were encouraged to wear red and white to enter a draw and win swimming passes and lessons.

The newly redone Penzer Action Park, home of Canada’s largest outdoor Parkour park hosted the PKBC 11 Parkour Jam with Parkour professionals showing their skills.

The Township of Langley hosted two free events at Willoughby Community Park next to the Langley Events Centre and in Fort Langley.

There were long lineups at Willoughby for the photo booth to have pictures taken for a photo mosaic mural project to mark Canada’s 150 birthday.

Thousands of individual portraits of residents will make up the Community of Communities Photo Mosaic Mural which will be displayed as a public art piece in a community facility.

Willoughby Community Park was the site of the Langley Canada Day JRBQ sponsored by the Township, Langley Events Centre, and 93.7 JRfm along with title sponsor C&D Logistics.

Visitors enjoyed live musical performances and entertainment, a spray park, food trucks, and a barbecue to benefit Basics for Babies, which supports Lower Mainland Food Banks by providing diapers, baby food, formula, and other items for infants in need.

Canada Day in Langley. The weather was perfect. #langley #langleytimes

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In Fort Langley, known as “the Birthplace of B.C.” residents and visitors celebrated at the historic fort and along King Street, at the Langley Centennial Museum and BC Farm Museum with games and crafts, face painting, and live entertainment

What would #canadaday in Fort Langley be without pipers? #langley #langleytimes

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There were many other events throughout the Langleys, including the Aldergrove Legion on Fraser Highway, site of an old-fashioned “sports day” with contests like a water balloon toss, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, an obstacle course, and prizes and treat packages for participants.

At the Langley BMX track, where the Borderline Nationals were underway, the national anthem was sung by Capri Everitt, the Vancouver girl who performed 80 national anthems in 80 countries around the world to raise money for orphaned and abandoned children.

 

Charlotte Muir and mom Alison Chesters of Langley waved the flag. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Ian Smith, a volunteer with the Museum of the Armed Forces, welcomes some young visitors into a 155 mm. self-propelled howitzer that was on display for Canada Day in Fort Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Alan McLean of Walnut Grove had a stylish way of sheltering from the sun and celebrating 150 years of Canada. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Two-year-old Gratian Bennell’s flag was nearly as big as he was. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Glenn Johnston of the South Fraser Pipes and Drums warms up. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

The Langley BMX track celebrated Canada day with races. Not all opted for a Maple leaf motif. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

The Reisinger family of Langley was among the thousands who attended Canada Day festivities outside the Langley Events Centre. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Perry Springman of Aldergrove and his national award-winning Family Band performed on the main stage outside the LEC. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Three-month-old Lucy Kennedy celebrated her first Canada Day with dad James. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Madeline Haugen of the Port Kells-based Circus Lab was one of several stilt walkers. Dan Ferguson Langley Times