Langley Canada Day celebrations draw more than 12,000 people

Attendance at festivities in Willoughby boosted by cooler weather, says Township of Langley events co-ordinator

An estimated 12,000 people came to Willoughby Community Park to take in the Canada Day celebrations on Friday.

“The organizers are pleased with how the day went,” said Township special events co-ordinator Sarah Morris. “There was fabulous live music going all day, it was really busy with families with lots of little ones enjoying themselves in the kids zone.”

Last year’s Canada Day party was too hot, with temperatures soaring to 35 degrees, she said. This year was cooler but dry, bringing out many more people, said Morris.

Langley has not offered fireworks for the past couple of years, but isn’t ruling it out for next year, given it is Canada’s big 150th birthday bash, said  Peter Tulumello, acting director of recreation, culture and parks.

“Extending the day and our current events to past 9:30 p.m., when it gets dark, comes with an increased need for additional staff and more volunteers,” said Tulumello.

“While we aren’t ruling out fireworks returning in the future, we would need to look at it in greater depth before a decision could be made. If a community group or service club were to step forward to offer to take this on, I am sure the Township would look at their proposal. That said, 2017 is a special year, being Canada’s 150th birthday, so there is another reason we could be looking at fireworks.”

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