105th Annual Hatley Canada Day Celebration
On Monday, July 1st, the 105th Hatley Canada Day Celebration will take place on the Common of the beautiful village of Hatley, rain or shine. The theme for this year’s event is “Canada: Land of Surprises”. Once again, members of the Hatley Municipal Association have a full day of their traditional activities lined up, beginning around 9:00 in the morning with the artisan sale organized for decades now by Jean Cass. Townships craftspeople will be selling jewelry, handmade soaps, knit and woven goods, antiques and collectibles and more.
The parade committee members, who every year take on the challenge of coordinating the Canada Day Parade, which begins at 11:00 am, would like the parade participants to arrive in Hatley before 10:00 am. Lining up all the participants – the floats and horses vying for the thousands of dollars in prize money, along with the parade’s special guests such as members of the Black Watch, the Shriners in their tiny cars, local Veterans, police officers and more - is a lot easier if it’s not done in a hurry! Mayors from adjoining municipalities and local politicians will also ride in the parade.
A sword dance will fol- low the official welcome with mayor Denis Ferland, of the Municipality of Hatley, which has generously increased its financial support of this free event this year. Local politicians and dignitaries, including the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, will also speak during the opening ceremony.