The overcast weather threatened rain all day, but the Kenora Harbourfront was a sea of red for Canada Day on Sunday, July 1.
The parking lot on Bernier Drive was flooded with kids who were able to let loose on all the bouncy castles and slides. By far the most popular attraction was the face painting section, with a seemingly endless line all day long.
There was food trucks which filled the bellies of all the weary cottagers filling in from across the Kenora area. Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield jumped on the microphone and asked how many people were from “Mantario” to which a raucous applause followed. “As a proud Canadian, it couldn’t be a better day,” he concluded.
People lined Main Street at noon to see the Canada Day parade with the Kenora Scottish Pipes and Drums, Kenora Fire Department and of course all the bicycles brightly decorated by their young owners for the occasion. Over at McLeod Park, the Kenora Rotary Club held their annual Lucky Duck Race with plenty of anxious spectators cheering on the ducks in hopes of winning. Kenora Rotary president, Lynn Carlson, on her first day in office said the race was “just one of the many activities we do in the community to raise funds.” The upcoming Rotary Splash Park being one of the projects everyone is talking about.
During the afternoon the Mather-Walls House hosted their Canada Day Strawberry Social with live music, tea and strawberry shortcake.
The rain finally came just in time for the fireworks show but people flipped out their lawn chairs regardless and filled the Harbourfront and greenbelt all along Lakeview Drive.
Riders and their bikes from the decorating contest were on display during the Canada Day parade along Main Street in Kenora on Sunday, July 1.
Jaxten Whiting donned in red and white stops for a picture at the Canada Day festivies on the Kenora Harbourfront, Sunday, July 1.
Reese Yeo, who's turning four next week, plummets down the inflatable slide.
Ethan Fitzpatrick, 2, is ready to go cruising on a motorcycle at the Canada Day festivies on the Harbourfront.
Nathan Barette, 6, jumps towards the velcro wall while brother William, 6, goes for another turn at the Kids Zone attraction on the Harbourfront.
Brown Brian pours a cup of tea for Cathy Kasprick at the Mather Walls House Canada Strawberry Social in Keewatin on Sunday, July 1.
The rubber ducks are dumped out for the Rotary Club's Lucky Duck race at McLeod Park in Kenora on Sunday, July 1.