Happy Canada Day!

Megan Walchuk

Canada is turning 153 years old tomorrow, but it’s never had a birthday bash like this before. This Canada Day won’t be like any other – no fireworks, or family events at the Point. It’s true it will look different, but all our favourite things will be there for us next year. Instead of pining for the loss of our tried and true traditions, we can take this as an opportunity to find some new ones.
Different groups have put their heads together to re-imagine what Canada Day can be.
It’s not too late to join the Fun in the Sun Canada Day events. Until Midnight on Wednesday, you can decorate your house, write an essay, or enter the Canada Day colouring contest. We have reprinted the colouring page on page A11 of this edition, in case you missed it last week or need a second copy. We’ve been watching red and white decorations appearing across town throughout the week, and are looking forward to what creative ideas appear. Don’t forget to add a Canada Day lawn sign!
The Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Road Rally Scavenger Hunt, so households can have fun exploring while socially distancing.
Just in time for Canada Day, the Emo splash pad will be open, with the faucets being turned on today!
The area’s beaches and parkland are a great place to spend Canada Day with your social bubble. It could be a great day to go exploring the district. Play tourist for a day. Go for a family drive, explore interpretive trails, find a new fishing spot, seek out the First Nations rock paintings, or visit the mermaid.
At night, instead of fireworks, lay under the stars and watch the fireflies or shooting stars. Have a backyard bonfire, or string up the patio lanterns.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, a Canadiana or National Film Board film fest is great for nostalgia – every Canadian should watch the Log Driver’s Waltz now and then.
You never know – you just might stumble into a new favourite tradition to enjoy for years to come.
Happy birthday Canada!
By Megan Walchuk
mwalchuk@fortfrances.com


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