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Orillians celebrate Canada's 151st birthday in style! (9 Photos)

Despite soaring heat and humidity, hundreds line streets to watch parade, enjoy free activities at park

Happy birthday Canada!

Despite sweltering heat on what might just be the hottest Canada Day in our country’s 151-year history, many Orillians dressed in red and white and lined the downtown as a parade wound its way through the city Sunday to mark Canada Day.

The parade officially kicked off Sunday’s festivities, although this year’s two-day celebration got a head-start yesterday when the children’s fun zone, beer gardens and vendors opened.

Today, Couchiching Beach Park is bustling as those activities – and many others – garner the attention of those looking to celebrate national pride.

Throughout the day today, there are free activities for children, including bouncy castles and face painting, dozens of vendors selling a variety of wares, in addition to refreshments of all types for all ages.

The day-long event, which also features live music on several park stages, culminates with everyone’s favourite show-stopper: a massive fireworks display over Lake Couchiching at dusk.

All activities are free, but park visitors are urged to ante up $2 for a Canada Day button. All money helps to defray the cost of the event, which is entirely organized and staffed by volunteers.

Dave Dawson

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