Lynn Valley Days is an annual community celebration that kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7am at Lynn Valley Park. Followed by a parade and a full day of entertainment and family activities.
The parade starts 10am. Stake out your spot along the route from Karen Magnussen Arena, along Lynn Valley Road to Mountain Hwy. The parade ends at Lynn Valley Park, where the celebrations continue. There will be a full day of enterainment and family fun, including a car show, games, rides and races.
Activities Include: Rides (Lower Field) Roving Clown Face Painting Main Tent Photo Booth (Main Tent) Balloon Artist (Upper Field South) Car Show (Institute Road) Entertainment Schedule TBA Note: Saturday, May 31st Lynn Valley Road will be closed from 9:30am – Noon. Free parking on Argyle School Gravel Field. For more info on this event, please visit www.lynnvalleyday.ca
Much like the dale for which it’s named, the Lynn Valley Days festival is steeped in history.
The inaugural Lynn Valley Day festival in 1912 dovetailed with the grand opening of the Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge, and festivities continued at the new Institute Hall on Mountain Highway after the ribbon cutting.
The memoirs of longtime Lynn Valley resident Walter Draycott show a recessionary bust in 1913 that followed the boom times of 1911-’12 led to the festival’s hiatus until the Great War was over and the soldiers returned from overseas. In 1919, Draycott reported that the festival made a return and hosted competitions in such events as human wheelbarrow, three-legged race, hat trimming and needle threading.
One year later the festival was held on Aug. 21 and Draycott, a WWI veteran and now Lynn Valley Day organizer, noted that “Weather was perfect, also the attendance — over 1,000.” However, he seemed less than enthused with the local politicians, writing: “Neither the Reeve, Council or Trustees had seen military service, which excused them for their lack of knowledge in organizing, discipline and comradeship.”