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.