Canada Day is a big celebration in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Many of the communities have events happening on that day ranging from pancake breakfast to cake cutting, family games, parades and fireworks. It does not matter where in the valley you are on Canada's Birthday; you will find festivities going on not far from you.
I will tell you about some of the annual events that are held in some of the bigger towns and communities around the valley. I do suggest that you check the local paper or the notice boards for a complete list of what is happening in the area that you are in. The volunteers that work on the committees for Canada Day work very hard to organize new events every year along with the old traditional ones.
Annapolis Royal - Most of Annapolis Royals’ traditional Canada Day celebrations take place on the Fort Anne grounds. Included in the festivities planned are the traditional flag raising, a giant birthday cake, children's games and lots of entertainment for the whole family. Plans are underway for a giant picnic on the fort grounds. Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy a day of family games like three-legged race, wheelbarrow race, and potato sack race among many others. Watch the local paper, and for posters up around town closer to the day for more information and a list of events, or call Sally Burnie at 532 1615.
Canada Day Gardens Style - The Historic Garden at Annapolis Royal celebrate Canada Day with children's activities, music and fun. Find out more by contacting Trish Fry at 532 7018.
Bear River - Bear River extends an invitation to their old fashioned Canada Day celebrations at the Waterfront Park. They have several festivities going on including lots of games for the kids, a pet show, a pie auction for the adults and lots of live entertainment happening all day long. At suppertime enjoy a home-cooked meal. Teresa Henshaw has more information at 467 3930.
Berwick - Canada's Birthday festivities in Berwick are held in Rainforth Park between 2 - 5 pm. There are children’s games, entertainment, cake and a BBQ. The Berwick Fire Department will also hold demonstrations and challenges with other local departments. Sweeten the day with a dish of delicious strawberry shortcake. Watch for more details closer to the date.
Bridgetown - Bridgetown goes all out with its celebrations for this special day. Start the day off with a great pancake breakfast put on by the Lion's Club, then head over to the Inter-faith Church Service. All day long there will be lots of live entertainment and activities for the whole family going on at Jubilee Park. At dusk find your best view over the Annapolis River and watch the beautiful fireworks display. You can contact Steve Raftery at 824 0387 for more information.
Cornwallis Park - Check out the Community Centre at Cornwallis Park where they will be holding games for the kids and entertainment for the whole family. You can fill up on a sausage or a hot dog while you are there enjoying the fun. Contact Marty Felker at 838 3164 for more information.
Digby - Digby holds many activities on Canada Day including music, entertainment, games for the children and lots of food. Watch for posters and in the local paper for a full schedule of events.
Granville Ferry - On the first of July Granville Ferry holds their Annual Pig Roast at the Granville Ferry Community Hall. There will be two settings at 5 pm & 7 pm. The pig is roasted professionally and the salads and desserts etc. are all homemade. Lots of fun for the whole family including live music. Call Michele Hall for more information at 532 0901.
Halls Harbour - Halls Harbour gets into the spirit of Canada with activities going on all day long. There is lots of music and food and a spectacular fireworks display to end it all off.
Kejimkujiik National Park & National Historic Site - Canada Day at Keji includes free admission to the park for the day and a big birthday cake at the Visitor Centre. They will also be holding the official launch of the Naturalist Program & the Friends of Keji Park contest. For more information call the information centre at Kejimkujik National park, 682 2772.
Melvern Square - The Melvern Square & Area Community Centre at 165 Bridge Street will be holding Canada Day celebrations starting at 11:15 am. There is a children's parade with registration at the Melvern Square United Baptist Church. Following the parade there will be the flag raising, cake cutting, hot dogs and pop and then a soap slide at 12 noon. Contact Marilyn Wilkins at 765 8158 for more information on the events.
Margaretsville - Come to the Margaretsville Community Hall during Canada Day for a flag raising followed by lunch and games for the children during the afternoon.
Middleton - The town of Middleton celebrates Canada's birthday at the Museum! There is free admission and lots of festivities at the Annapolis Valley MacDonald Museum in Middleton on July 1st. Enjoy lots of music, entertainment, children's activities and refreshments like lemonade and birthday cake during the afternoon of July 1st. A charity hot dog barbecue is usually held on the museum grounds by the Middleton Fireflies. For more information call Sherry Griffin at 825 6116.
New Minas - If you happen to be in the New Minas area during Canada Day you will not be bored. They will be holding lots of entertainment and refreshments during the day. The kids will want to check out the flatable structures and the water slide.
Musique de la Baie - All along the French shore there will be an old fashion kitchen party being held with Musique de la Baie. Look for participating restaurants where you will be able to enjoy mouth-watering dishes and lots of Acadian music.
This is only a partial list of the many activities happening throughout the Annapolis Valley on Canada Day. As the special day gets closer there will be more information on the many events that will be held on this special day.
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