If rain persists throughout July 1 on 2024’s edition of Canada Day celebrations, activities will still take place in Portage la Prairie. Portage Regional Recreation Authority Rec Manager Portage Zapphira Neuschwander says they will simply be moved.

“Everything will come inside Stride Place as much as possible. We have enough space in the arena for all the bouncy castles to come inside. There’s not enough room for our normal stage to come inside, but a little stage to come inside. All our live entertainment can still take place. There’ll still be face painting. The potato sack races might need to be changed a little bit, but for the most part, absolutely everything can get moved inside and still get executed in some way, shape, or form. The Rotary Club is still going to be doing their pancake breakfast.”

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She adds the Bear Clan is also still running their barbecue, and the bike decorating contest will take place in the back of the arena.

“So, we have space for everything all in Stride Place. We'll fit as much as we can in the arena and then some of that might spread into the atrium or perhaps upstairs.”

Neuschwander notes this hasn’t happened in many years, but there’s always been a back-up plan.

She notes social media will likewise spread the word.

Neuschwander adds if the Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Plains Duck Race is cancelled, tickets will continue to be sold July 1.