Written By: Monday, June 27th 2016

“Oh Canada, our home and native land”…

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Canada is turning 149 this July 1st and Grey Bruce has you covered to ring in our nations Birthday!  Whether you’re singing along with Coco Love Alcorn at Kelso Beach park, snooping around the Wiarton Farmers Market, or getting a quick swim in before the fireworks in Southampton, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do this Canada’s Day!

Bluewater Park

Times: 8am – Dusk

If you’re like me and HATE cooking breakfast (especially on your well deserved day off), make your way to Wiarton for their delicious Pancake breakfast. Wiarton is your one stop shop for all things Canada Day, with the majority of the events happening at Bluewater Park. Browse the Farmers Market from 10am – 4pm or check out the great vendors in the Park. Cruise the Classic Car Show, catch the Co-ed Baseball Tourney (happening all day!), or let the kids burn off some energy with all the great Children’s Activities (which include a Bouncy Castle, Games, Races, and more!).
Leave room in your belly for the Optimist BBQ (going on till 7 pm), the Optimist Fish Fry (running from 4:30 pm – 6pm), and of course no birthday would be complete with out FREE cake and ice cream on behalf of the Red Hat Ladies (at 6:15 pm!). Settle in for some live entertain and be sure to stick around for the amazing fireworks display at DUSK!

For more information contact Gayle at gaylehall@sympatico.ca, or visit Explore the Bruce.


Where: Meaford Market Square (near the Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre)
                Beautiful Joe Park 
When: 9am – Dusk (after 10)

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There is SO much happening in Meaford on Canada Day I could literally write a whole blog post just on this specific place!  You will be so busy running around to different activities, you will truly need the whole day!  Starting at 9 am the Military Family Resource Centre will be cooking up delicious pancakes and sausages.  The cost is by donation with all proceeds going right back into the MFRC.  Make sure you bring your dogs to the Beautiful Joe Booth for free treats and a very patriotic photo session.  If you’re new to the area and would love to hear the touching TRUE story of Beautiful Joe, the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society will be on hand to tell you all about him.  At 12 pm sharp, join the Meaford Legion as they raise the Canadian flag high, then head on over for some yummy birthday cake!  The day wouldn’t be complete without a ton of live music happening all afternoon, right up until the big waterfront fireworks display happening just after 10 pm!

For more information and to see a detailed list of ALL of the day’s events, head on over to Meaford.ca


Where: 49th High Street (By the Big Flag)
              Southampton Art School
When: 10 am – 2pm  4:30 pm – 11 pm

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If you’re up for more of a low key day, head over to Southampton for a very relaxing Canada Day.  Start the day off with some fun for the whole family at the Canada Day Sidewalk Art Extravaganza, located at the Southampton Art School.  This event is perfect for kids who would love to show off their creative skills, they can spend all morning drawing on the sidewalks and create other great crafts for a great Canada Day souvenir.  Also, be sure to ask for your FREE Canada Day temporary tattoo!  Make your way over to the Big Flag and join the Southampton Rotary Club for a Canada Day BBQ feast!  When dinner is all finished, you’ll want to stick around for all the amazing music and live entertainment happening right up until the big fireworks show (just after 11 pm).

For more information check out Visitportelgin.ca

Owen Sound
Where: Kelso Beach Park
When: 12 pm – till Dusk (10:30 pm ish)

Watching the #fireworks 🎆🎇

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Live music, food, and of course a ton of FREE activities for the kids is the perfect mix of Canada Day fun.  Everything is happening in the beautiful Kelso Beach Park, fun for the whole family.  The kids will love the massive play place (which includes, Bouncy Castles and Carnival Games, Good Cheer Splash pad, Curvey Lines art lessons, and tons more).  When they tire out watch the great shows being put on in the Amphitheatre and Gazebo.  From 12 pm – 5 pm cheer on the talented kids “Before they were Famous Pop & Rock School“, as they take part in the Grey Bruce Youth Talent Showcase.  You’ll love all the adult entertainment happening from 6:30 pm till Dusk.  The Owen Sound City Band will be opening up the nights festivities until, with the Great Canadian Swampstompers taking the stage at 8 pm (a “kid friendly show” will also be happening from 2:30 pm – 4 pm).  Then the amazingly talented Coco Love Alcorn will be showcasing music from her brand new album Wonderland. 10 pm is when you and the kids can relax on blankets and watch fireworks over the gorgeous Owen Sound Bay.

For the full list all the food vendors that will be on site, as well as a full schedule of the days events visit owensound.ca


There you have it! A full list of events to make sure your Canada’s Day is the best one yet!  Whatever you get up to this July 1st have fun and stay safe!