Manitoulin to celebrate Canada Day with family fun

Plenty of events Island-wide starting this weekend

MANITOULIN—There are events across Manitoulin this upcoming Canada Day (and throughout the week) from parades to fireworks and fantastic fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Burpee Mills will be celebrating Canada Day early on Tuesday, June 30 with a dinner and dance from 5 to 11 pm at the Burpee Mills Complex (8 Bailey Line Road). The doors will open at 5 pm with a potluck dinner getting underway at 6 pm.

The town of Gore Bay will be celebrating its 125th anniversary with special Canada Day events on Wednesday, July 1.

The fun gets started at 9 am with the farmers’ market at the waterfront (until 1 pm). Starting at 10 am there will be a flag ceremony in front of the Red Roof Pavilion.

From 11 am to 4 pm there will be sidewalk sales throughout downtown for great local shopping in addition to a parade starting at 11:30 am. The route will start at C.C. McLean Public School, travelling north on Meredith Street, west on Dawson Street, south on Phipps Street, west on Eleanor Street, south on Laird Street, east on Main Street and south back on to Meredith Street ending at the school. All participants are asked to meet at C.C. McLean at 11 am.

Following the parade there will be a barbecue lunch and bake sale from noon to 2 pm at the community hall.

Old fashioned kids games, free freezies and a visit from the Gore Bear will also be held from noon until 2 pm.

Throughout the afternoon, from noon until 4 pm, hit the courts for the tennis tournament.

One of Manitoulin’s favourite summer pastimes, a washer toss tournament will be held at the waterfront from 12 to 4 pm.

Tap your foot to some classic tunes with the Hawberry Hoedowners from 1 to 1:30 pm in front of the community hall.

Take your favourite furry friend for a walk down to the Woods Lane Park (by the Bank of Montreal) for the dog show from 1 to 2 pm.

There will be a fire department truck pull competition downtown starting at 1 pm. Cruise by the beer gardens after for a drink and music at the waterfront from 1 to 11 pm.

Put your thinking cap on and get ready for some family fun at the scavenger hunt starting at 2 pm at the waterfront.

Cast a line at the kids fishing pool at the waterfront pavilion from 2 to 4 pm.

A community picnic will be held at the waterfront from 5 to 6:30 pm. The cost is $5 for ages nine and up (free for kids eight-years-old and under) and includes beef on a bun, hotdogs, assorted salads, ice cream sundaes and a drink.

Finish off the Canada Day festivities with fireworks at 10 pm and live music.

Also on Canada Day, Gordon/Barrie Island will be holding events at Julia Bay Beach from 2 to 5 pm.

There will be turtle boat races, kids games and a potluck picnic and barbecue.

In Little Current Canada Day will kick off with the Canada D’eh Run for Fun. Run 1K, 5K or 10 K. Registration is $20 and proceeds go towards the Little Current festivities. Call 705-368-1881 or email to register.

The Manitoulin Centennial Manor will be holding a yard sale, bake sale, silent auction and barbecue starting at 9 am, with music from The Islanders from 11 am to 1 pm. Be sure to grab your town-wide yard sale map at the Manitoulin District Welcome Centre to check out all the great sales around town.

Downtown Little Current will be closed to traffic from 10 am to 6 pm, hosting over 30 vendors and family activities.

From 10 am to 3 pm head downtown for art activities themed ‘favourite places and activities in the Northeast Town’ with 4e Living Arts. The activities will include cycling themed activities (sculpture work and wheel weaving), a postcard making station and a map board where individuals can add their favourite place and stories about the Island.

Get creative and get decorating your bike from 10 am until noon.  Show your Canada Day pride or turn your bike into your dream ride. All the colourfully decorated  creations will be shown off in a parade followed by awards at noon.

A special edition of the farmers’ market will start at 10 am next to the Bank of Montreal downtown.

Miss Manitoulin Katie Harper will lead the singing of O’ Canada at noon, followed by the Little Current Business Improvement Area’s traditional Canada Day cake, served in front of the post office. Be sure to stick around for a concert from Ms. Harper throughout the lunch hour.

‘The Regulators’ will be hosting a motorcycle show and shine across from The Anchor Inn.

Adults can cool down with a free beer sample at The Manitoulin Expositor courtyard of the Manitoulin Brewing Company’s newly launched Swing Bridge Blond Ale. The tasting begins at 1 pm and is licenced by the AGCO and is age of majority only.

From 1  to 2 pm, bring your pooch to the Paws for Cause Dog Show at The Expositor Square sponsored by PetSave Manitoulin. Dress your pooch up and yourself too to match. Prizes will be awarded. Donations of cans of wet cat food would be greatly appreciated.

Manitoulin musician Kevin Closs will be performing at 1:15 pm at the Cenotaph Park, followed by a jam session. Come share your talent!

Providence Bay will be celebrating Canada Day with children’s games and activities from 1 to 4 pm at the Discovery Centre in Providence Bay. There will also be cake, refreshments and entertainment from 7 to 9 pm with fireworks topping off the day at 10 pm.

The annual Providence Bay house-decorating contest will also be taking place this year. Call the Central Manitoulin town office (705-377-5726) before Tuesday, June 30 to register.

In Assiginack, there will be food, games and family fun at the Manitowaning Beach from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cardboard boat races will take place at 12:30 pm, followed by a barbecue at 1:30 pm.

South Baymouth will be holding its annual Canada Day fireworks on July 1 at dusk.

The Canada Day festivities will continue into the weekend with the South Baymouth firefighters yard sale on Saturday, June 27 across from Carl’s Trading Post in South Baymouth.

The Little Red Schoolhouse and Museum will be holding a bake sale and silent action starting at 10 am, the SBDAC lunch and barbecue will be held from 11 am to 1 pm, followed by the parade at 1:30 pm. The day will conclude with a fish fry at 5 pm.

The Ice Lake picnic will be held on Saturday, June 27 starting at 11 am. All are welcome to the picnic grounds. There will be a potluck lunch and supper, a bazaar/auction, fishpond, horseshoe tournament and games for all ages.

Silver Water will holding its 119th annual picnic on Saturday, June 27 as well, starting at 9 am with the theme of ‘nursery rhymes.’ There will be a yard sale in the hall basement, a barbecue starting at 10 am, fish pond, coffee and ice cream for sale, a parade at noon (register by called Lorna at 705-283-1200), a bazaar starting at 1 pm, bake sale, children’s races at 1:30 pm at the baseball field and supper at 5 pm and 6:30 pm ($15 for adults and $7 for children under 12-years-old).