Hundreds came out to Lions Park in Greenwood Saturday to celebrate the smallest city in Canada’s 122nd birthday. What started out as a frontier town fuelled by a hunger for mineral riches has adapted to become a home to the outdoor-oriented, families and more than a few prospectors still looking for treasures in the creeks and hills around town.
One booth at the fair was also raising funds for nearby Nikkei Park, the commemorative place that remembers Greenwood’s sadder legacy of the 1940s, when the town became the site of the first internment centre for Japanese Canadians in British Columbia.
According to reports, Greenwood held a town vote to decide on whether or not to permit the displacement to have Greenwood as a landing site. All but two residents apparently voted “Yes.”
Today, Greenwood’s population is less than a third of what it was in its heyday. That, however, didn’t show on Saturday when many from around the region came to celebrate the Boundary’s little green city.