Play in the Sand; The Sun, The Fun!

Take in the Sand Sculpting at Peace Island Park, Taylor, BC on July 27 and come back often throughout the week to see the most amazing sculptures take shape. Professional carvers from 3 countries have big plans to “Walk on the Wild Side” this year. They promise to give away some trade secrets to those entering the competition for families and groups. Stop in often to Sand Sensations BC from July 27 to August 2. This community event has no admission fee.


Family fun kicks off the second Sand Sensations BC on July 27 with sand, fun, food, and music. The Family and Group Competition starts at 10am. The professional carvers will be giving tips on how to take the regular, hand-dripped, sand castle to the next level. Group entries must have four people and one must be 16 years old or younger. Ten spots are available. Register now at the Fort St. John Arts Council 250-787-2781.

The new Sand Stage promises “soundsational” music that will keep the entertainment going until 4pm, Saturday, July 27 and, again, on Friday, August 2 up to 9pm.  A special concession offers mouth watering lemonade and summer fare all week. Those coming to the Fort St. John International Airshow on July 27, will have plenty of time to enjoy Sand Sensations during the day and still make the Airshow gate opening at 5pm that evening. During the week, community groups are welcome to bring a picnic and watch the carvers at work. The sculptors will put the final touches on their art works on Friday, August 2 which will be yet another day of celebrations.


Word is getting around among professional sand carvers about the long lasting quality of the Peace Country sand sculptures. The Peace Country sand comes right off the banks of the Peace River and has enough clay to make solid sand sculptures that lasted the entire winter. Tons and tons of sand is donated by Nels Ostero Sand and Gravel and trucked across the bridge by Poorboy Trucking to the festival site. These two community-minded companies along with Peace Country Rentals and Pomeroy Inns & Suites have joined forces with the Fort St. John Commnity Arts Council and the District of Taylor to be the founding members of Sand Sensations BC.

Dozens of sponsors and contributions have come in to support the development of Sand Sensations BC.  “The businesses make this event possible,” explained Rosemary Landry, President of the Arts Council. “We do not have any funds for this event other than the generous contributions from businesses and corporations. Thank you to everyone who helped.”