More than a century ago, Canadians celebrated Canada Day—then called Dominion Day—a little differently than we do today. In a mash-up of then and now, the Town of Huntsville welcomed visitors to the pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place for some old-fashioned fun, with a little bit of 2019 thrown in for good measure.
Attendees could listen to the Muskoka Concert Band, whose instruments might not seem strange to an 1890 resident of Huntsville, while having a temporary maple leaf tattoo applied to their arm or cheek. They heard the words of Captain George Hunt, Huntsville’s namesake, back-to-back with an encore performance of student Keira Marshall’s winning speech about why she loves Huntsville today. Kids could play pioneer-style games while munching on a brightly coloured Canada Day cupcake. Families could take a ride on the heritage, open-air Portage Flyer for its steam engine’s first runs of the season, and then hop in their modern air-conditioned vehicles for the ride home. It was a day of contrasts that helped to remind visitors of just how far we’ve come.
Other Canada Day events in the Huntsville-area included a celebration at the Mary Lake Beach in Port Sydney and a free concert in River Mill Park courtesy of Hunters Bay Radio. Fireworks, weather permitting, will be set off above Hunters Bay tonight at 10pm, set to the music on the Moose 105.5FM.
Enjoy photos from the Muskoka Heritage Place celebration below and let us know in the comments how you chose to celebrate Canada Day.
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