Picnics, Synchronized Swimming & Hand Holding at Trout Lake Day Sunday, June 23


Take part in a truly Vancouver-style party at Trout Lake Day held in John Hendry Park at 3300 Victoria Drive (at East 15th), June 23 from 2 to 6pm. The free event celebrates the start of summer at this well-loved East Van community centre.

The Trout Lake Day event line-up is as imaginative as one might expect from the Commercial Drive community. The fun includes attempting to break the world record for the number of folks holding hands around a lake (4pm), a synchronized swimming display, theatrical bird watching installations in trees (experience it to believe it) and live blue grass.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in bright summer colours, or animal costumes (!), and bring picnics, frisbees and even marching bands. Expect free cake at the cake-cutting celebration at 5pm.

John Hendry (or Trout Lake) Park in East Vancouver is an ideal summer hang out. The beach area and wildlife habitat around the lake can almost make one forget that the park is in the city, especially when illuminated with glowing lights at the annual lantern festival coming up in July. Read about last year’s lantern festival here.

Trout Lake is also home to the Commercial Drive farmers market in spring, summer and fall. Hit it up Saturdays from 9am to 2pm through October 19.

During the logging boom, Trout Lake provided water via a flume for the old Hastings Sawmill, located at the foot of Dunlevy Street. The mill’s co-owner was John Hendry, a prominent figure in his day due to his influence in developing the region’s lumber industry. Hendry immigrated to Vancouver in 1872 and died in 1916.

Trout Lake Day takes place at John Hendry Park from 2-6pm Sunday, June 23. The event is free.

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