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Summer in Sicamous packed with new activities and returning favourites

Recreation department shares new ideas for fall including floor hockey, Indigenous art class
The Shannon family are all hands on deck as they construct their entry for the sandcastle competition during Sicamous Family Fun Day at Beach Park on Saturday, July 30, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Eagle Valley News)

There will be no shortage of activities available this summer in Sicamous.

At the June 28 Committee of the Whole meeting, recreation programmer Jamie Sherlock shared the district’s spring successes and plans for the summer.

The after-school program was averaging 15 children registered per day, said Sherlock, and the summer program is looking popular as well. Nine kids participated in the sunflower growing competition, which took place in April.

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At the time of the meeting, there were 47 registrants in the Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) firearms safety course and Sherlock has another set of classes, both restrictive and non-restrictive, planned for September.

Kids’ dance classes, learn to play ball courses and home alone programs were well-attended, as were adult pickleball and pound fitness classes.

The district Easter egg hunt had 154 children registered.

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“The summer is looking very positive for activities,” said Sherlock, detailing new stand-up paddle board classes, a ladies’ golf clinic at Mara Hills, a sidewalk art party night at Beach Park July 20, and the kids’ club, which had 347 out of 560 spaces reserved as of June 28.

The district was able to find a swim instructor after some difficulty and had 46 children registered for swimming lessons so far, said Sherlock.

The yearly Family Fun Day is scheduled for Aug. 5, with the recreation department partnering with the chamber of commerce and hosting a sandcastle competition, cardboard boat races, a kids’ talent show and a barbecue put on by the mayor, council and district staff.

Sherlock’s goals in the fall are to complete a recreation survey and secure funding for a master plan for the department. The annual Christmas light-up and parade and CP Holiday Train events are planned, as well as a Halloween dance.

Potential new ideas include skating lessons at the Rec Centre, a partnership with Essie’s Place for community workshops and education, floor hockey, baseball, a Girls Empowerment Movement course and Indigenous art classes with a local Métis teacher.

Recreation activities are being scheduled between Eagle River Secondary and Parkview Elementary and Sherlock shared her excitement over having a contract with the school district already agreed upon.

Information for all programs and events can be found at the district website.

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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