Food, fire­works and fun on tap for Canada Day in Tantra­mar

Num­ber of events planned in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to cel­e­brate July 1 hol­i­day


Tantra­mar res­i­dents will have plenty of op­tions when it comes to cel­e­brat­ing Canada Day this year – with lots of fam­ily-friendly fun, food and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment on tap to keep peo­ple of all ages busy.

From Dorch­ester right through to Cape Tor­men­tine, a num­ber of events are sched­uled across the re­gion this Satur­day as Canada cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary.


In Dorch­ester, the cel­e­bra­tions will get un­der way at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memo­rial Cen­tre and will run un­til 3 p.m. Hosted by the Keil­lor House Mu­seum, staff will en­ter­tain the chil­dren with games, while there will also be live mu­sic by Ed­die Chase & Graf­fiti 4 and there will also be a short play called Four Fathers of Con­fed­er­a­tion, as well as cake and ice cream.

Tours are also avail­able at Keil­lor House and the St. James Mu­seum from 10 a.m. to noon on Satur­day.


In Sackville, the events kick off at noon at Bill John­stone Memo­rial Park where res­i­dents can en­joy an af­ter­noon full of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a bar­be­cue, live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, face paint­ing, a bouncy cas­tle, crafts and more.

Matt Pryde, man­ager of re­cre­ation pro­grams and special events, said as part of the special Canada 150+ cel­e­bra­tions, the town will be host­ing Dorch­ester Mayor JJ Bear, who will be per­form­ing abo­rig­i­nal drum­ming and a smudg­ing cer­e­mony. This will be part of the open­ing fes­tiv­i­ties at noon. Sackville will also be wel­com­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tree Canada, who pro­vided the town with a grant to plant new trees on Park Street. Poet Lau­re­ate Mar­i­lyn Lerch will also do a read­ing dur­ing the open­ing.

Fam­i­lies are then in­vited out to Lil­las Fawcett Park later in the af­ter­noon to en­joy some chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties from 4 to 6 p.m.

Also on tap again this year is the an­nual Canada Day multi-k fun run/walk, which will take place at 11 a.m. with reg­is­tra­tion start­ing at 10:30 a.m.

And at Boul­tenhouse Her­itage Cen­tre, from 2 to 5 p.m., is the an­nual straw­berry short­cake so­cial, fea­tur­ing live en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments.

Fort Beause­jour

At Fort Beauséjour-fort Cum­ber­land Na­tional His­toric Site, Canada Day will be cel­e­brated with free cake, flags, pins and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties all day long, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

En­trance to the site is free on Canada Day, where guests can en­joy a scav­enger hunt, a chil­dren’s Xplor­ers pro­gram or a Gps-based tour of the Fort.

Port El­gin

Kick­ing off the fes­tiv­i­ties in Port El­gin, a bike, trike and scooter swap, along with a yard and bake sale, will be held from 9 a.m. un­til noon on Satur­day at West­ford Nurs­ing Home.

Monro Her­itage Mu­seum will be host­ing its of­fi­cial grand open­ing of the sea­son with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Re­fresh­ments will be served all day.

Chil­dren are encouraged to come on out on their bikes, scoot­ers, wagons or four-wheel­ers and take part in the kids’ Canada Day 150 pa­rade, which will get un­der­way at 10 a.m. Lineup will take place at the vil­lage of­fice and they will pro­ceed to Cen­ten­nial Park for judg­ing.

The park ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue from 11 a.m. un­til noon with open­ing cer­e­monies, a free bar­be­cue, re­fresh­ments and cake. From noon un­til 3 p.m. there will be fun and games for all ages – wet & wild, wa­ter slides, a kid­die pool, face paint­ing and much more.

The West­ford Nurs­ing Home will also be hold­ing their an­nual Straw­berry Tea on Satur­day from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A base­ball game for all ages will be held at Port El­gin School from 4 to 6 p.m.

The 36th an­nual Lupin Quilt Fair & Mar­ket is also tak­ing place this week­end, on Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port El­gin Re­gional School.

Cape Tor­men­tine

Cape Tor­men­tine also has plenty on tap for the whole fam­ily, with a full day of ac­tiv­i­ties planned, start­ing off with a gi­ant bake sale and yard sale at 10 a.m. at the Le­gion. There will also be free hay rides for the kids from noon to 2 p.m. and a free bar­be­cue start­ing at 11 a.m. A clam chow­der and chili supper will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Le­gion will close the evening off with a dance from 10 p.m. un­til 1 a.m. with mu­sic by Dou­ble Play. Call 538-2251 or 538-7537 for dance tick­ets.

Evening ac­tiv­i­ties will take place at the Cape Tor­men­tine Beach Camp­ground start­ing at 7 p.m. with the Bay­field Cape Tor­men­tine Fire De­part­ment host­ing a bar­be­cue, face-paint­ing, games, prizes for kids, mu­sic and, of course, their amaz­ing Canada Day fire­works dis­play at dusk – all for a free-will of­fer­ing.

Sackville town crier David Fullerton de­clares that the fes­tiv­i­ties are of­fi­cially un­der­way in the Bill John­stone Memo­rial Park at the start of last year’s Canada Day fes­tiv­i­ties.

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