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Canada Day

Jul 1, 2016 12:00 AM

If you’re feeling put out by the burn ban, let these local Canada Day activities light your fire this weekend.

There is plenty to do in St. Catharines and beyond.

Enjoy free swimming at St. Catharines pools beginning Canada Day, or if you want to stay dry, tee off at the Garden City Golf Course between 7 a.m. to dusk.

If you’d rather stay inside, you can go to FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and watch the 1966 classic Endless Summer for $9. It’s also presenting On a First Name Basis, a Foster play as part of the Foster Festival.

The St. Catharines museum is holding its annual Dominion Day picnic between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Spend your evening playing croquet, meet historic ‘characters,’ and listen to fiddlers. Admission is by donation.

You can also tour the Morningstar Mill Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit Rennie Park in Port Dalhousie beginning at noon for music, puppets and a midway and crafts. Check Lakeside Park for parking. If you’re there early, you can ride the Lakeside Park Carousel from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Keep in mind that city hall and parks, recreation and culture services administration offices, arenas, and community centres are closed on Canada Day.

If you’re in Welland, you can check out the classic car show beginning at 2 p.m. at the farmer’s market, or check out the latest exhibits at the museum. There will be a Show Mobile on King Street, featuring a princess party. Or, you can head to the Merritt Park Family Fun Zone for arts and crafts, inflatables and a giant Canada Day cake.

King Street Kitchen will be lined with food trucks Friday and Welland Bridge 13 will be lit up like the Canadian Flag with fireworks going over it in the evening. If you’re looking for parking, check Welland Civic Square, Welland Community Wellness Complex and the market square, available after 6 p.m.

Pelham’s Canada Day activities start at Harold Black Park at 11 a.m. The town’s parade makes way south on Haist Street starting at 1 p.m. Park highlights include a poutine-eating contest and shows by the Krusher BMX Stunt Team at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

Niagara-on-the-Lake activities include free admission to Fort George, a pancake breakfast in Simcoe Park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a parade on Queen Street at 2:45 p.m. Fireworks start at 10.

If you’re feeling active this weekend, there is a five-kilometre run/walk for St. John Ambulance at Oakes Park in Niagara Falls beginning at 9 a.m. There will be a citizenship ceremony at Seneca Queen Theatre at 9 a.m.

Head to Queen Street on Friday and grab some free birthday cake, head to the car show, or watch the end of the Canada Day Parade. There will also be BMX demos, free raffles, face painting and more.

Check out Port Colborne’s Canada Day celebrations at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, beginning with a musical Performance Niagara performance at 11 a.m., and ending with fireworks along West Street at dusk. There will also be a magic show, cake, Highland dancers and an evening concert.

Beginning at half-past noon, Battle of Beaverdams Park will be the place to be in Thorold. After a singing of the national anthem at 12:30, there will be a decorate your bike contest at 12:45 p.m. followed by a Mad Science presentation and inflatables. Calvin the Magician will be pulling rabbits out of hats until 2:15 p.m.. Next, catch the Thorold Reed Band, followed by various musicians. Stay until 10:15 p.m. for the fireworks.

Fort Erie’s Friendship Festival won’t be held until later this month, but until then check out the free block party at Sugarbowl Park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will also be a Canada Day ceremony at the village square at noon for a flag parade and a presentation by local dignitaries. Afterward, the Mill Street Legion will be offering a barbecue, bouncy house, and more. There will also be fireworks along Lakeshore Road beginning at 10 p.m. 

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