Blow out the (imaginary) candles all 142 of them and get together with friends and family at Fort George Park on July 1 to wish Canada a very Happy Birthday. Hosted by the Multicultural Heritage Society, Canada Day celebrations this year will include games, crafts, kids activities, face painting, music, dance, drumming and entertainment plus several ethnic concessions.
Marlies Greulich, executive director for the Multicultural Heritage Society, said the group is proud to be able to still offer free admission to the celebrations so that everyone can have a good time.
“This is our 36th festival. We began in 1974 hosting the Canada Day celebrations and every year we have 10,000 to 12,000 people come out to enjoy the day. We are very proud that after all these years there is still no charge for admission which makes it very accessible.”
The celebration offers something for all age groups. It is also a great opportunity for members of the community to try out new and interesting foods from other cultures such as Chinese, Greek, Indo Canadian, Ukrainian, Caribbean as well as standard Western fare like hot dogs. And, of course, there will be a big cake which this time around is provided by Kandy’s Custom Cakes.
As well, lip-smacking treats from Mountain Air Kettle Corn, Mapal ice ream and Gourmet Candyman will surely please the most discerning tastebuds and partygoers of all ages are sure to enjoy dynamic performances by the Latino-Canadian dancers, Metis Jiggers, Bollywood Dream Dancers, Yalenka Ukrainian Dancers, Mexican Link and others.
There will be a craft fair, raffles and displays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Kids Activities start at 11 a.m. in the gazebo next to the Rotary Playground. So join in the fun and celebrate Canada’s 142nd birthday bash in grand style. The all-day festival concludes at 7 p.m.