It’s Canada Day!

June 21, 2021
Ottawa Journal (June 21 - June 25, 2021)
David Tilson, M.P. (Dufferin-Caledon)

Now with the barbeques working overtime and the sun shining brightly, Canadians are looking forward to celebrating our national holiday - Canada Day. Canada Day is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on what makes Canada such a great place to live; our proud military and peacekeeping history, our multicultural diversity, the genuine kindness of the Canadian people and the natural beauty of this land all come to mind.

Canadians always have reason to be proud, but recently we saw our national pride soar to levels never seen before. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games gave Canadians the opportunity to show the world what we have to offer. We can all be proud of the way our athletes represented us and especially of the outcome of the gold medal hockey games!

I hope you will join me in carrying forward the spirit of national pride which was sparked in February, as we celebrate the anniversary of Confederation this July 1st by enjoying the best our community has to offer this Canada Day.

Downey’s Farm in Caledon will be hosting their annual Canada Day Strawberry Festival. Starting at 9:00 a.m., families can enjoy a scrumptious pancake breakfast topped with fresh picked Downey’s strawberries and whipped cream for $7 per person. Opening ceremonies commence at 10:30 a.m., followed by a day of live entertainment, a dog show, rock climbing, and classic cars and tractors. For more information, please visit .

The Caledon Agricultural Society will be hosting its annual Canada Day Strawberry Festival at the Caledon Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This day of family fun will include: food, live entertainment, and interactive activities and games. Families can enjoy strawberry shortcake, classic cars, bouncy castles and clowns. Admission is free. For more information on this event please visit the Caledon Agricultural society at .

Drop by the Township of Amaranth municipal offices for a day of family fun, including games, face painting, horse rides, and a free barbeque, starting at 12:00 p.m. The fire department, paramedics, and the OPP will be on hand with live demonstrations of their equipment. Bring your bike along to take part in the OPP bike rodeo!

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 233, of Orangeville, will be hosting a Canada Day open house and ceremony. The branch will be open to the public starting at 12:00 p.m. with ceremonies beginning at 2:00 pm.

The Caledon Farmers Market will be opening especially for Canada Day. Located in the parking lot of the Bolton Arena, local vendors will be open for business from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. The Caledon Farmers Market showcases the best rural Canada has to offer with locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, crafts, and artisans.

Knox United Church of Caledon Village will be hosting its annual strawberry supper, which will be taking place at the church from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bring your family out for what I am sure will be a delicious meal.

Following a day of fun in the sun, be sure to head over to the Orangeville Fairgrounds for an evening of local talent and spectacular fireworks. The Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands will be presenting their annual Canada Day talent show starting at 6:00 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at dusk.

The Town of Shelburne will be hosting a Canada Day celebration at the Shelburne Fairgrounds beginning at 3:00 p.m. This event will feature the popular Shelburne Idol competition, as well as many more activities, all leading up to a fireworks display at dusk.

The Albion Hills Conservation Area, located in Palgrave, is also offering an evening of outdoor family fun. Starting at 4:00 p.m., the evening will include music, magic shows, reptile shows, clowns, face painting, and a wood carving demo. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display over the lake at 10:00 pm.
I wish all residents of Dufferin-Caledon and their families a wonderful and fun-filled Canada Day. I hope to see you at some of the many events taking place in Dufferin-Caledon this July 1st.