New tra­di­tions mark hol­i­day

Bad­deck cel­e­brates Her­itage Day with fam­ily events

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When Belinda Gar­land looked ahead to Her­itage Day, she saw more than just a day off.

So, the Bad­deck wo­man came up with the idea of plan­ning some hol­i­day-re­lated events in the scenic cen­tral Cape Breton com­mu­nity.

“When Her­itage Day was started here in Nova Sco­tia I saw that peo­ple were just tak­ing it as a hol­i­day and weren’t do­ing any­thing, so I wanted to pick a day where peo­ple could spend time with their kids do­ing things to­gether,” said Gar­land, who at­trib­uted the idea to the cel­e­bra­tions that were held in the Al­berta town of White­court, where she once resided.

“So, I reached out to a few peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to host events all over the vil­lage and it all came to­gether — we started on Sun­day evening with a snow sculpt­ing com­pe­ti­tion be­cause we felt that would char­ac­ter­ize the vil­lage and help peo­ple get ex­cited about the event.”

The win­ning sculp­ture turned out to be a large, long green dragon that was cre­ated by Bruce Phillips, Mary Phillips, Ger­ald Dun­lop, An­drew Dun­lop and James Dun­lop.

The sculp­tors re­port­edly started at 11 p.m. on Sun­day and fin­ished their cre­ation at around 2 a.m.

On Mon­day, Her­itage Day, area res­i­dents were of­fered an early morn­ing break­fast at the lo­cal le­gion be­fore tak­ing part in a host of events in­clud­ing yoga, skat­ing, curl­ing, swim­ming, face paint­ing and a paint work­shop as well as snow­shoe­ing.

Through­out the day, St. Michael’s Parish Hall served as ‘Fun Cen­tral,’ ac­cord­ing to Gar­land. The ac­tiv­i­ties ran through­out the day be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing in a fam­ily dance at the In­ver­ary Re­sort.

“Peo­ple were com­ing and go­ing all day, they’d stop by and get warmed up, so­cial­ize and then move on to the next event,” she said. “All week long, peo­ple have been talk­ing about what a good time it was — the re­sponse has been great and the en­thu­si­asm was some­thing else.”

For her part, Gar­land said or­ga­niz­ing the event, that re­ceived par­tial fund­ing from Vic­to­ria County’s Ac­tive Life pro­gram, was ex­tremely grat­i­fy­ing and she hopes next year’s event will be even bet­ter.


This large snow dragon ap­peared to be en­joy­ing the snow dur­ing Her­itage Day cel­e­bra­tions Mon­day in Bad­deck. The colour­ful and lengthy crea­ture was sculpted in three hours by a fiveper­son team.


This de­pic­tion of Snoopy atop his dog­house with a lit­tle Wood­stock and Char­lie Brown sit­ting nearby was awarded sec­ond placed at a snow sculpt­ing com­pe­ti­tion held on Her­itage Day, Mon­day in Bad­deck.

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