Neve and Lauren make some bubbles outside St. David’s Church during Cordova Bay Day. (Saanich News file photo)

Community gets ready to celebrate in Cordova Bay

Host of activities planned at various venues for Cordova Bay Day June 23

Cordova Bay is one of those neighbourhoods that just naturally seems to evoke smiles, and nowhere are those smiles more evident than during the annual Cordova Bay Day celebration.

“This is a wonderful place to live and raise a family and Cordova Bay Day is just our way of celebrating the fact that we live in what is arguably the best place to live, anywhere,” said Larry Gontovnick, president of the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs.

“Just look around you at all we have to be grateful for and it’s no wonder that people who live here feel a real connection to the community.”

Cordova Bay Day gets going at 11 a.m. Saturday, with plenty of free activities taking place at three locations until 3 p.m. This year marks the 15th annual hosting of the community celebration and Gontovnick is confident that Saturday’s event will be one of the best ever.

(Here’s a video of last year’s Cordova Bay Day)

“We’ve spread the event over three main sites in Cordova Bay, with all the events and displays taking place along Cordova Bay Road at Mattick’s Farm, Cordova Bay elementary school and St. David’s Church. It makes the event a little more compact and easier for folks to see it all.”

St. David’s by the Sea Anglican Church will be the site of a series of information tables and displays as well as live music and a bouncy castle and attractions for the kids. There will also be a marketplace of local vendors and businesses on hand with a selection of crafts and those items you “just have to have.”

Down the road, Cordova Bay elementary school will host the car show in which classic, antique, collectible and vintage vehicles will be on display along with the vehicles of the fire and police departments.

Finally, at Mattick’s Farm yummy treats like ice cream, Red Barn-B-Que’s burgers and dogs, and much more will be available. While visitors are enjoying their lunch, they can also settle in to listen to even more live music and take in a variety of activities.

“This neighbourhood’s special feeling is rooted in its natural beauty but its real strength lies in the nature of the people who live here,” said Gontovnick.

“We have these wonderful tree canopies, the Lochside Trail, the ocean, Mount Doug and the fact that you can get to this beautiful rural landscape, so close to the urban sections of our neighbourhood, and all of that makes Cordova Bay very special.

“But since moving here in 2006, I’ve learned that it’s the people here that really make our neighbourhood a special place. I can’t think of a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

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Esther Walsh makes a balloon hat for six-year-old Kelsie Morson during Cordova Bay Day. (Saanich News file photo)

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