Huntsville’s Canada Day celebrations return to Muskoka Heritage Place this year

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On Huntsville’s 2018 theme “Good Government: It Takes a Village”, Huntsville’s Canada Day community celebration will take place in the pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place, 88 Brunel Road, on Sunday July 1, 2018.

“As we celebrate Canada, it is good to pay homage to our roots,” said Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison.

As usual, Huntsville residents will be thrilled to awaken on July 1 to thousands of Canada flags placed around the community by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. At 8 a.m., the Huntsville Lions Club hosts a breakfast overlooking Cann Lake, at 88 Brunel Road.

For this day only, the gates to Muskoka Heritage Place, Village and Museum entrance, will open at 9 a.m. Admission is free to the Canada Day celebrations, until 11 a.m.

At 10 a.m. on the Village Green at Muskoka Heritage Place, dignitaries, guests and residents will be welcomed by ‘Captain George Hunt’. Following a Land Acknowledgement statement, greetings will be shared from Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison, Parry-Sound Muskoka Member of Parliament, the honourable Tony Clement, and Parry-Sound Muskoka Member of Provincial Parliament, Norm Miller.

Following the official greetings and the singing of our national anthem, ‘O Canada’, led by wandering minstrel Glen Reid, Huntsville Council will serve a strawberry and cream scone birthday cake, while supplies last.

Guests are welcome to enjoy all that Muskoka Heritage Place has to offer. After 11 a.m., regular admission and train rates apply. Muskoka Heritage Place is open until 4 p.m., with the last train leaving the Rotary Village Station, 100 Forbes Hill Drive, at 3 p.m. July 1 is slated as steam up day, with the first steam train runs of the 2018 season.  For information, check muskokaheritageplace.org .

Music on the Town Hall steps, 37 Main Street East, will be provided by the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area starting at 11 a.m., downtownhuntsvilleadventures.ca . At noon, the Royal Canadian Huntsville Legion Branch 232, 22 Veterans Way, will host a barbeque.

The Port Sydney Parks and Recreation Group is hosting events starting at 10 a.m. at Port Sydney beach, information at portsydneycoc.com .

July 1 celebrations in Huntsville will end with a fireworks display over Hunters Bay starting at 10 p.m. The fireworks are musically synchronized with a radio broadcast by The Moose 105.5 FM.

“It truly does take a Village,” laughs Mayor Aitchison, “and my hope is that whatever everyone does on Canada’s 151st birthday, we all enjoy a happy, healthy and safe celebration.”

For more information where to stay and what to do while in Huntsville, visit the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce information website huntsvilleadventures.com.

For a complete updated listing of Huntsville’s Canada Day 2018 Celebrations, please visit huntsville.ca . In case of rain, speeches and cake will moved to the Algonquin Theatre/Civic Centre at 37 Main Street East starting at 10 a.m. Updates will be posted on Huntsville’s Facebook and Twitter accounts on Sunday July 1, 2018 at 7 a.m.

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