It’s Canada Day in Dufferin-Caledon!

June 21, 2021

Ottawa Journal (June 25 – June 29, 2021)
David Tilson, MP

Canada Day is quickly approaching yet again. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate many things: Canadian citizenship; our democratic values and freedoms; family and friends; and of course, summer. There are many exciting ways you can celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday with the many events taking place right here in Dufferin-Caledon on July 1st.

Downey’s Farm Market, located at 13682 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, will be hosting its annual Canada Day Strawberry Festival on Canada Day. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free and a strawberry pancake breakfast will be offered starting at 9:00 a.m. Live entertainment will also be offered including: The Time Catchers, Bob’s Banjo Band, Canadian Canines in Action (dog show), a rock climbing wall, antique cars and tractors, a play area, a goat walk, farm animals, and pony rides. You can also pick your own strawberries and pre-picked strawberries will also be available for purchase. For more information, please visit Downey’s Farm Market website at

The Caledon Agricultural Society will be hosting its annual Canada Day Strawberry Festival at the Caledon Fairgrounds and Caledon Village Place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an opening ceremony taking place at 12:00 p.m. Admission is free and a food booth will be available serving a strawberry pancake breakfast, as well as hamburgers, strawberry shortcake, and much more. Other highlights of the Festival include: a classic car show from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; a firefighter demonstration; Music with Brian (children’s music); dog flyball and agility demonstrations; face painting; exhibits in the Heritage Hall featuring the theme “Christmas in July;” a Lion’s Club Train Ride; a Bavarian garden; silent auction; Jimbo Magic; a petting zoo; pony rides; a tea room; vendors; clowns; and crafts. For more information on this event, please visit the Caledon Agricultural Society’s website at

Another event not to be missed on Canada Day in Dufferin-Caledon is the annual Caledon Canada Day, which will be held at the Albion Hills Conservation Area at 16500 Regional Road 50, in Palgrave. Starting at 12:00 p.m., food vendors will arrive and will begin offering such treats as: a BBQ, cotton candy, beaver tails, and caramel corn. You can enjoy guided nature hikes, wagon rides, stage performances, a reptile show, and clown entertainment from 4:00 p.m. onwards. Official ceremonies will begin at 9:45 p.m. followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 10:00 p.m., lasting approximately 30 minutes. For more information, please visit

The Orangeville Legion, located at 7 John Street, Orangeville, will be hosting a special citizenship ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Canada Day, which I will be participating in and joining the Legion in welcoming new Canadian citizens to our Canadian community. This will be followed by an official Canada Day ceremony and cake cutting at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Legion at 519-942-4895.

The Town of Shelburne offers a full day of exciting Canada Day festivities for the whole family starting at 3:00 p.m. and wrapping up at 10:00 p.m. An opening ceremony at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex will officially kick-off the festivities at 3:00 p.m. Activities will include: a free family swim, a community BBQ, a Kinsmen beer garden, the “Shelburne’s Got Talent” Competition, a mini tractor pull, bouncy castles, Brewery Boys and Guests, pony rides, the Shelburne Police Bike Rally, and Farmapalooza. The day will conclude with an impressive fireworks display at dusk. For more information, please visit the Town of Shelburne’s website at

The Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands will be hosting Canada Day celebrations at the Orangeville Fairgrounds (247090 5th Sideroad, Town of Mono) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Vendors will offer music, rock climbing, face painting, and kids crafts. An outstanding fireworks display will also be presented at 10:00 p.m.

The Knox United Church, located at 2976 Charleston Sideroad, Caledon Village, will also be hosting its annual Strawberry Supper on Saturday, June 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Church’s site. Adults are $12.00 each and children (10 and under) are $6.00 each and everyone can enjoy a delicious cold plate dinner, complete with: ham, roast beef, salads, biscuits, and strawberry shortcake. For more information, please call 519-927-3320.

No matter how you decide to celebrate Canada’s birthday here in Dufferin-Caledon on July 1st, I wish you and your loved ones a fantastic Canada Day and a safe and enjoyable summer!