Canada Day weekend events roundup

MANITOULIN—This July 1 weekend there are so many activities happening across Manitoulin the biggest problem your family will have is deciding which ones to attend!

The fun gets underway starting in Little Current on Friday, July 1. There will be a town-wide yard sale. Maps will be available at the Manitoulin District Welcome Centre by the swing bridge or at downtown businesses.

The Canada D’eh Run for Fun will be held in downtown Little Current with the 10K run starting at 9:30 am, the 5K run starting at 9:45 am and the 1K/walk for kids will start at 11 am. Proceeds from the run will go towards the Little Current Canada Day festivities. Tickets are available at The Island Jar or at

The Manitoulin Centennial Manor will be holding its annual yard sale, bake sale, silent auction and barbecue starting at 8 am. The barbecue will be from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and will feature live music by The Islanders.

Downtown Little Current will be closed to car traffic and will become a pedestrian mall with vendors from 10 am to 6 pm. There will be over 30 vendors including Manitoulin crafters, artisans, bakers and growers starting at 11 am. There will also be a special edition Farmers’ Market located next to the Bank of Montreal starting at 10 am.

Be sure to wear your best red and white and show your Canada Day Pride. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed man, woman, boy, and girl and family categories.

There will be activities for children from 10-3 pm next to the post office sponsored by the Little Current Business Improvement Area (BIA). Bike decorating supplies will be available from 10 to 12 pm in preparation for the bike parade and awards at noon.

There will also be face painting from 11 am to 2 pm, sidewalk chalk art from 1 to 3 pm, a beaver puppet craft from 10 am to 1 pm, Canada flag hand art from 10 am to 1 pm, a moose feet art craft from 10 am to 1 pm, a hula hoop demonstration and instruction from 1:30 to 2 pm with Natalie Hastings from Gazoo Hoops and pin-the-maple-leaf-on-the-flag from 2 to 3 pm.

Canada Day cake will be served in front of the post office starting at noon.

The Little Current United Church will be holding a homemade pie sale starting at 10 am for $12 each.

The Paws for a Cause Dog Show will be held from 1 to 2 pm in the Expositor Square. Bring your pooch dressed up and yourself to match (if you wish). Donations of cans of wet cat food and monetary donations will be greatly appreciated and shared among Manitoulin’s pet rescue organizations.

Former Miss Manitoulin Katie Harper will be bringing her beautiful voice to the front street at noon to lead the singing of O Canada, followed by a concert by Peter Nelson and Jamie Mohamed until 4 pm at the Cenotaph Park.

The 39th Annual La Cloche Juried Exhibition and Sale at the Whitefish Falls Community Centre opens on Friday, July 1 and runs daily from 11 am to 5 pm until Sunday, July 10.

The Sheguiandah 26th annual powwow is on this weekend starting with the sacred fire lighting on Thursday, June 30. Grand entries are on Saturday, July 2 at 1 and 7 pm and Sunday at 12 pm. Specials include a hand drum competition, men’s traditional special, vendors and canoe boxing.

In Gore Bay, there will be a farmers’ market from 9 am to 1 pm at the waterfront. A barbecue will be held starting at 11 am at the gazebo, followed by the Canada Day parade downtown at noon.

There will be kids games from 1 pm to 2 pm and live music and games for the whole family.

The day will cap off with a fireworks display at the waterfront at dusk.

Get your dancing shoes on and head over to the Burpee-Mills Complex Friday night from 5 to 11 pm for a dinner and dance. There will be a pot luck at 6 pm and live music throughout the evening from Family Tradition. Admission is $5 plus a dish.

The annual Ice Lake Picnic will start at 11 am at the Ice Lake Picnic Grounds on Canada Day. There will be a potluck lunch and supper, bazaar, action, fishpond, horseshoe tournament and games for all ages. Dogs are asked to stay at home.

Gordon/Barrie Island will be having its annual Julia’s Bay beach day from 3-5pm with a cardboard boat contest and prizes, sandcastle contest and a potluck picnic and barbecue.

South Baymouth’s fun will get started on Saturday, July 2. There will be a yard sale at 8 am, bake sale at 10 am, lunch at 11 am, silent auction from 10 am to 3 pm, parade at 1:30 pm and fish fry at 5 pm. The fireworks will start at 10 pm.

The Mutchmor and Peace Café in Providence Bay will be having its official opening on July 1 from 11 am to 2 pm, with a ribbon cutting at 1 pm. Stop by and meet the artists and vendors and celebrate with cake and punch. Extend hours on Canada Day until 8 pm.

Canada Day celebrations will again be held at The Discovery Centre on the beach and will include children’s games during the day and music from local musician at 7 pm. There will be Canada Day cake and lemonade served in the hall starting at 6:30 pm along with a family dance starting at 6 pm in the Providence Bay Hall.

The Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club Annual Yard Sale is also being held Friday from 9 am until 3 pm.  The day will conclude with the annual fireworks display on the beach by the playground at dusk.

The Central Manitoulin Lions Club is holding its 38th annual Homecoming Weekend July 1 to 3.

The men’s fastball tournament will start at 6:30 pm on Canada Day at the ball ground behind the Community Centre, with the beer garden open from 7 to 11 pm.

An all youth dance will be held at the Providence Bay Community Centre from 6:30 to 9 pm with admission, one non-perishable food item for the food bank.

The fastball tournament will get back underway starting at 9 am on Saturday morning, July 2. The Mindemoya market will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at the J.H. Burt Memorial Arena.

The parade, themed ‘holiday,’ will start at the Manitoulin Motel at 11 am (floats are asked to arrive at 10:30 am). There will be prizes for the various float categories including commercial, community group and private entry. Additional categories include antique cars and horse and rider. Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycle and join in the parade.

Kids events will be held at the Lions Pavilion behind the arena from 11 am to 3:30 pm. There will be face painting, inflatable tents, games, a three legged race, potato sack race, fishpond and boat race, candy cart and Science North games and exhibits.

The beer gardens will reopen from 11 am to 7 pm at the Lions Pavilion.

There will be an old car show starting at 1 pm, followed by the elimination dinner, dance and draw from 5 pm to 1 am at the J.H. Burt Memorial Arena.

On Sunday morning, the Mindemoya Classic Run, Canoe and Bike Triathlon will be held at the government dock on Lake Mindemoya at 9:30 am.

There will be a horseshoe tournament behind the Lions Pavilion at 1 pm.

Fireworks will cap off the weekend at the Mindemoya Community Centre ball field.

Silver Water will be holding its 12th annual picnic on Saturday, July 2 starting at 9 am. Events will include a yard sale, barbecue, fish pond, parade, bake sale and children’s games.

Assiginack will have fun at the beach in Manitowaning in honour of Canada Day. There will be a barbecue with the Fire Department from 11:30 am to 1 pm, followed by activities and games for kids with the summer recreation staff from 12 to 1:30 pm. The third annual cardboard boat race will be held at 1:30 pm. Rules are available at

The Expositor wishes you and your family a happy and safe Canada Day weekend!