Port Clements celebrating centennial

Port Clements Mayor Wally Cheer and the Centennial Committee have preparations underway to celebrate the town's 100-year birthday.

Port Clements Mayor Wally Cheer and the Centennial Committee have preparations underway to celebrate the town’s 100-year birthday.

This week, residents buried a time capsule to be opened in 2064 on Port Clements’ 150th birthday and the items buried included memorable artifacts from children in area schools.

The village is also selling 2014 Centennial Calendars for $10 each and can be purchased at various retail outlets on Haida Gwaii.

“Canada Day’s always been a big weekend in Port Clements and we’re expanding it a bit this year in commemoration,” said Cheer.

“We have a couple naval vessels coming in to help us celebrate and we hope that everybody on the island can join us and have a good time.”

Cheer also added that the boats will be 120 feet long and will each have a crew of approximately 40 sailors that Port Clements officials will welcome to the village and show around town.

“We’ll be having a big community barbecue with all the sailors and community members that want to come up … we’ll have softball and volleyball afterwards and then we’ll be taking [the sailors] on a number of tours the following day in and around the area,” Cheer added.

A parade will highlight the Centennial Canada Day weekend.