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An image from the Crazy River Raft Race, at Minden’s Canada Day celebrations in 2019. /File photo

Canada Day in the Highlands

By Vivian Collings

Canada Day celebration laughter, music, and fireworks will be heard far and wide across the county on July 1.

With festivities taking place all over the county in Minden, West Guilford, and various locations in Highlands East, residents and visitors will have a myriad of celebration choices to pick from.

The Township of Minden Hills is hosting Canada Day Fun beginning at 8 a.m. with the Kid’s Fishing Derby on Water Street featuring prizes from various sponsors. Water Street will also be filled with interactive sports stations, Wild Ontario: Birds of Prey shows, and fireworks at dusk at the Minden fairgrounds. Canada Day also marks the start of Music Fridays at the Fairgrounds, with Gord Kidd taking the stage at 7 p.m.

SUP Yoga is also taking place on July 1 at 1932 Horseshoe Lake Road in Minden. To register, visit www.wolfflowsup.com/schedule or email wolfflowsup@gmail.com.

A fireworks display will take place at the West Guilford Recreation Centre at 9:30 p.m.

In Cardiff, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 566 will host a breakfast at the Cardiff Community Centre at 2747 Monck Road from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The breakfast is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Museum at 2314 Loop Road will raise the Canadian flag at 11:30 a.m. followed by live entertainment, sandwiches, and cake. 

The Kidd Schoolhouse Museum in Highland Grove will feature children’s crafts, local entertainment, and a barbecue meal from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your own lawn chair to Tory Hill Park at the intersection of Highway 118 and County Road 503 for some live music and stories of Tory Hill’s history beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Gooderham will have a full evening of celebration from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Robert McCausland Community Centre at 1043 Community Centre Road. Children’s activities, cake, barbecue, face painting, a clown, and an Irondale display will be part of the event. The Fire Department will host a Jaws of Life demonstration at 5 p.m. followed by live entertainment by the Highlands Trio at 7 p.m. The night will conclude with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.