Looking for ways to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend? Look here!



The long weekend has arrived. Celebrate Canada Day with these events in the Huntsville area this weekend.

Friday, June 28

Crazy About Muskoka art show
9am-5pm, Eclipse Art Gallery, Deerhurst Resort, free
The title ‘Crazy about Muskoka’ says it all! The artists are from all over Ontario. What connects them is their love to paint our Muskoka and Algonquin Park landscapes. They all have their own interpretation, be it a traditional depiction of a red canoe floating in a serene bay or a contemporary view with bold splashes of colour of an Algonquin Forest in fall. Crazy about Muskoka runs until September 16.

Lifestyle Canoeing, a presentation with Hap Wilson
10:30am, Dwight Public Library (presented by Algonquin Outfitters), free
Hap Wilson is the author of 14 nature-related books, the recipient of the Bill Mason Award for lifetime achievement in river conservation, and is a co-founder of Earthroots Environmental group. Hap will be happy to answer any questions about canoeing. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Coffee and pastries served. Please RSVP here to let them know you’re coming.

Baysville Farmers’ Market
1-5pm, Season2Season Garden Market, 2849 Muskoka Road 117
This market kicks off its 18th season at a new location with vendors selling fresh produce, honey, baking including the unique “Cake Pops”, handmade candy, cured meats, cheese, preserves, wine, and handicrafts.

Welcome Summer Dinner
5-7pm, Port Sydney Community Hall
Port Sydney Parks and Rec’s annual Welcome Summer Dinner serves up pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw salad and dessert.

Saturday, June 29

Huntsville 100K Market
9am-2pm, 1 West Street South, Huntsville
The Huntsville 100K Market features artisan crafts, meat, produce, and other food items that have been made or grown within 100 kilometres of town.

Paint the Light by Gord Duncan – Opening Reception
1-3 pm, Partners Hall in the Algonquin Theatre
A fine art paintings exhibition by Gord Duncan, an artist who explores the use of light, featuring 30 paintings, including wildlife, landscapes and portraits. Paint the Light runs until July 31.

Rural Roots by Janine Marson – Opening Reception
1-4pm, Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery, Dwight
Artist Janine Marson celebrates her Oxtongue roots with 50 new oil paintings created in the area surrounding her childhood home on Oxtongue Lake. Janine was fortunate to grow up at her family’s Timber Trail Resort along the banks of the Oxtongue River at the doorstep to Algonquin Park. It was here that she met and watched Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson paint in her backyard and decided to be a painter when she grew up! Rural Roots runs until July 13

Surfin’ Safari
8pm, Algonquin Theatre
“Surfin’ Safari: The Ultimate Beach Party Show” celebrates the music of Jimmy Buffet, Frankie Avalon, Jan & Dean, The Ventures, and of course …The Beach Boys! Don’t miss this fun-filled, audience interactive “beach party show” that combines fabulous musical tributes with an outstanding live band. Song highlights include “Surfin’ USA”, “Margaritaville”, “Surf City”, “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere”, “California Girls” “Wipeout” and “Kokomo” amongst the many audience favourites. Get ready to have some “Fun, Fun, Fun”!! Ticket are available at the Algonquin Theatre box office or online at algonquintheatre.ca.

Dorset Canada Day Fireworks
9pm, Trading Bay
Hosted by the Dorset Firefighters Association and sponsored by Robinson’s General Store

Sunday, June 30

Morgan Davis plays the Etwell Concert Series
3-6pm, 2012 Etwell Road
The Etwell Concert Series features live music at an outdoor venue. Benches are provided or bring your own chair. A suggested donation of $20 per person goes to the artist; children are admitted for free.
Learn more at etwellconcertseries.ca.

Monday, July 1

Dominion Day Social and Steam-up Day
9am-1pm, Muskoka Heritage Place
Free admission (before 11 am) to Muskoka Heritage Place for free cupcakes, music from the Muskoka Concert Band and historical demonstrations. The Portage Flyer gets all steamed-up for the season, too! (Regular train rates apply.)

Canada Day Festivities in Port Sydney
10am-3pm, Mary Lake Beach, Port Sydney
A free event for Canada Day featuring a barbecue, sand castle building, competition, face painting, games, t-shirt painting, DJ tunes and Huntsville Pipe and Drum Band. In the event of rain, limited activities will take place at the Port Sydney Community Hall.

Free concerts in River Mill Park with Hunters Bay Radio
1-10pm River Mill Park
Featuring music from Laganza, The Sean Cotton Band, The Stephen Stanley Band, The Rivers, Big Sweet Lou and Bexatron

Huntsville Canada Day Fireworks
10pm, Hunters Bay

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1 Comment

  1. I thought that Premier Grinch had prohibited Canada Day festivities; at a net savings of approximately $320K. Maybe it’s just sour grapes from the lost lawsuit against the Feds (which incidentally, cost us considerably more than $320K). Here’s hoping that he’s not going to the Federal Supremes: He can just wait for the outcome of Saskatchewan’s challenge. This government’s fiscal wizardry is downright scary.

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