July 1, 2015 9:53 pm
Updated: July 2, 2015 11:49 am

Hundreds sing ‘O Canada’ atop B.C.’s Mt. Seymour at sunrise to celebrate Canada Day


WATCH ABOVE: A group called Chasing Sunrise gathered at the top of Mt. Seymour early on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day with a special rendition of ‘O Canada.’

All across the country, people gathered Wednesday to celebrate Canada Day, most likely after sleeping in a little bit.

The same can’t be said for one group of enterprising early risers, who celebrated the country’s 148th birthday by hiking up North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour at 3:30 a.m. to sing ‘O Canada’ at sunrise.

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A group called Chasing Sunrise organized the event, which saw more than 350 people climb up First Peak before sunrise at 5:10 a.m. and singing their hearts out once there was enough daylight.

Organizers Gordon Swenson and Julian DeSchutter say they have received a lot of positive feedback about the video, describing the experience as “humbling and overwhelming.”

After learning to become early birds themselves, Chasing Sunrise’s founders started planning early morning hikes to watch the sunrise. They describe their growing community as a “group of people from different backgrounds” who focus on the “simple things that make life worth living.”

As for their rendition of the national anthem, they admit their singing may not have always been on key.

DeSchutter said “there were some good voices and bad voices” in the crowd, but they combined to create an unforgettable experience.

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