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Canada Day in the Northwest!

McTaggarts storefront in Kenora is overfilled with Canadian history
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Canada Day in the Northwest!

Northwest Ontario has never been so red and white

As I walk along the streets seeing the businesses’ windows decorated in all things Canada, I can’t help but smile and be content.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday in 2017. The communities are decked out in Canadiana and residents are bursting with Canadian pride. 

I, myself, have been also feeling very proud to be Canadian lately. As I walk along the streets seeing the businesses’ windows decorated in all things Canada, I can’t help but smile and be content. 

This Canada Day I will be proudly wearing my Canada t-shirt, and maybe even a maple leaf tattoo. 

There is a variety of events throughout the region. Here is what’s happening:

Atikokan - June 30 - July 1, 2017

Head down to Main Street on June 30th from 11-2:00 pm for Canada's 150th Street Carnival in Atikokan. Enjoy games, activities, food vendors and shopping. Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Atikokan Wellness Centre at 2:00 pm and enjoy a free swim, from 3-4:00 pm. Join the Canoe Parade in Atikokan on Canada Day. Canoes will be provided for you if you don't have one. Paddle from Bunnell Park to Legion Point on the Atikokan River. Decorate your wheels (bikes, trikes, wheelchairs, and scooters!) at the Atikokan Foodland parking lot at 10:30 am and the parade starts at 11:00 am. 

Dryden - July 1 & 2, 2017

Everyone is welcome to celebrate Canada Day in Dryden. Most events take place at the Van Horne Landing the Legion or the Dryden & District Museum. Canada Day starts with a Kiwanis Breakfast Sandwich at Van Horne Landing or a Pancake Breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion. There will be a kid’s Activity Fun Zone and food available both days. Show your pride for the Flag Raising & Cake Cutting Ceremony. There’s also Wagon Rides, a Show n’ Shone, Dragon Boat Races,  and a Love My Truck Show. Fireworks are at 10 pm on July 1.

Ear Falls - June 30-July 1, 2017

Great music at the Ear Falls waterfront on the eve of Canada Day with free admission! Food and drink available. Music by the Honeysliders. Start Canada Day with a Pancake Breakfast at the Ear Falls Legion. The Kids Bicycle Parade starts at the pharmacy at 2:00 pm and ends at the waterfront where they'll be children's games from 2:30-4:00 pm. From 2-4:00 pm there are plenty of activities like fire truck rides, volleyball, badminton, bouncy castle, kids karaoke. There is cake and the singing of O Canada at 4:15 pm, a campfire at 7:00 pm, and fireworks at 10:30 or dusk

Emo - July 1, 2017

Emo will also start the day off with a Pancake Breakfast. Next is the Kiddie Parade, then head to the tent for an afternoon of fun! Inflatables, games, music and more. Try your luck at the Canadian Scavenger Hunt. Fireworks will be at the Emo Sports Field at dusk. 

Fort Frances - July 1, 2017

Watch the Canada Day Parade in Fort Frances at 11:00 am. The theme is 'Fort Frances Since the Centennial". The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29 Ladies Auxiliary presents their Canada Day Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 9:30 am, at the Fort Frances Legion. Pancakes, ham, juice, coffee, and tea will be served. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for Children 5 & under. Everyone welcome. There are a ton more activities planned that are listed below. Fireworks are at Point Park at 10 pm.


Ignace - July 1, 2017

Canada Day kicks off in Ignace with a Canada 150 Parade at 11:30. At 12:30, sing O Canada, watch the float and bike decorating awards and enjoy a slice of cake. From 1-3 pm, venture down to the Tourist Information Centre for games, a kids water slide, bean bag toss, information booths, crafts, tattoos, and hot dog. From 3-6 pm there will be a Karaoke/Talent Show at the Ignace Tavern under the big tent. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball at the Agimak Beach from 6 pm until dark. Dance under the big tent from 9 pm-2 am while listening to Hatfield McCoy. The White Otter Days Hockey Tournament also runs from June 30-July 2. Fireworks are at 10 pm (or dark) on July 1 at Agimak Beach.

Kenora - July 1, 2017

Kenora has a jammed packed day at the Whitecap Pavilion and Harbourfront from 10am-4 pm. There’s a Specialty Market from 10am-2pm, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a photo booth, face painting, bike decorating, performances by Floyd the Clown and Christine the Crazy Hopper. Celebrate at the Mather Wall House from 2-4 pm with the Scottish Pipers “Mac & Friends” and have some birthday cake, strawberry shortcake, tea coffee & juice. Fireworks are at 10:45 pm on July 1 on the Harbourfront.

Nestor Falls - July 1, 2017

Canada Day celebrations will happen from 11-7:00 pm at Bass Lake Park in Nestor Falls. The canteen & beer gardens open at 11:00 as does the Bubbe Station and the Squirt Gun Art. There is an inflatable obstacle course from 1-5 pm, Ralphie the Clown at 2:00 pm and live music by The Tracy Martin Band from 2-6:00 pm. There is a $15/plate Pig Roast Dinner by Tinker's Places at served at 6:00 pm. Fireworks at dusk on Pine Lake.

Pickle Lake, July 1-3, 2017

The Black Fly Festival in Pickle Lake runs from July 1-3rd. The festival is jam-packed with events, See the complete list of events below:

Red Lake - July 1, 2017

Venture down to Centennial Park in Red Lake from noon to 4:00 pm to celebrate Canada 150. The raising of the flag, singing of O' Canada and the Grand Opening of the Splash Pad starts off the afternoon. From 12:30-4:00 pm there's games, activities, static displays, food and giveaways. There's also mini putt, arts & crafts, and braiding. Eat at the Lions Club BBQ, get your face painted ride the Norseman Train and much more. Fireworks at dusk at Centennial Park.

Sioux Lookout - June 29 & 30, 2017

Sioux Lookout is starting early celebrating Canada 150 with a Kick-off Parade on June 29th. The line-up starts at 5:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth High School. After the parade, enjoy a BBQ hosted by the Sioux Lookout Shrine Club in the parking lot of Fresh Market Foods and a celebratory cake. On Friday, June 30th there will be a Canada 150 Chamber Market at the Travel Information Centre from 10 am-3 pm.

Sioux Narrows - June 30 - July 2, 2017

The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre is premiering the second episode in the Lake of the Woods; A History by Water series on June 30th at 2 pm. Sean Kavanagh will be attending, and snacks and drinks will be available. Watch the first video in the series below.


From 7-10 am, enjoy a delicious Blueberry Pancake breakfast at Motlong's Rod & Reel in Sioux Narrows. Then at 10:00 am, head to the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre Bike & Dog Parade. At 11:00 am, enjoy the Northwoods Realty Races suitable for all ages. Fireworks at dusk in front of the bridge. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, the moving art gallery will be on display until July 2nd.

Vermilion Bay - July 1, 2017

Join in the Fish Fry on July 1st in Vermilion Bay at the Lions Club. Doors open at 3:00 pm, dinner at 5:00 pm.

Wabigoon - July 1, 2017

Celebrate Canada Day starting with a pancake breakfast at the Wabigoon Memorial Hall followed by a Cribbage Tournament and the Opening Ceremonies. Cash prizes for the best costume, running races, beach ball game, nail hammering & arm wrestling, water bucket games, and flag tag. Wabigoon’s famous Egg Toss will be held at 4:00 pm. There will be live music, meat draws, minnow races, face painting, and much and more. There will be lots of food including bannock chicken burgers, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples and more. A dedicated group of volunteers is bringing back fireworks to Wabigoon. Fireworks are best viewed from the top of the hill at the end of Main Street overlooking the bay.

Canada has such a diverse culture throughout the country. The landscape greatly varies from Province to Province. Please help us celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at one of the above events. Cheers!

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