Big Changes to Hatley’s Canada Day Event
The Hatley Canada Day celebration, now in its 106th year, will once again be held on July 1st 2014. This year’s theme is “Canada – Strong and Free”.
In an effort to make the increasingly popular event as safe and enjoyable as possible for participants and spectators alike, the organizing committee has made several important changes to the day’s set-up. Traffic And Parking
Conscious of the fact that there were traffic and parking complications at last year’s event, changes have been made to the recommended entry points for traffic arriving in Hatley before the parade. In particular, spectators arriving via Rte. 143 will be asked to avoid using Rte. 208 in Massawippi to enter the village, and will instead be detoured via Kingscroft. This is in order to maintain a clear and safe evacuation route for emergency vehicles, if needed, and to minimize traffic congestion in the village. Signs will be installed to clearly indicate the modified entry routes and to assist people in way-finding. Road closure signs will be posted well in advance of the event to advise the general public that the road will be closed for the parade the morning of July 1st and to detour through-traffic away from the village. Show And Shine
The classic cars will be exhibited in a “Show & Shine” display rather than participating in the parade. The hope is that this will allow people to appreciate the vehicles more fully by being able to walk around and admire the vehicles at their leisure and talk to the owners. Additional Food Service Providers
More food vendors will be on hand to meet the needs of the hungry attendees. In addition to these improvements, the organizers have committed to hiring an increased number of security guards and are working closely with local authorities to ensure that safety is of primary concern.
Back by popular demand, the 2014 lineup will once again include a Soap-Box Derby. Children as young as 7 years old as of the day of the race are eligible to compete. For the instructions on how to build the right kind of ‘racer’ and all the rules, visit the Hatley Canada Day website at www.hatleyparade.com
Most of the event’s other traditional activities are returning as well, such as the artisan tables, the children’s games, inflatable games, horse-drawn wagon rides, oxen rides and a Circus Corner. There will also be a new petting zoo this year with lots of little animals for the kids to choose from. Live music from the bandstand will fill the air in the afternoon and a fireworks show, courtesy of the Municipality of Hatley, will end the day at dark. Hope to see you on July 1st!
For additional information about the celebration, please email your inquiry to email@example.com or call Kylie Cote at (819) 821-3282.