Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday has been on many people’s radar screens for quite some time. As it quickly approaches, we thought we would use this month’s blog to outline the various events taking place in and around Burlington.
Hopefully one or more of these events may be of interest to you and your family, so please read on! Be sure to share what you’ll be doing to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on our Facebook page or on our blog site.
1) Come Home 2 Burlington Twitter Contest
This year-long contest aims to reconnect former Burlington residents with our city. It encourages them to come back and discover the many events, attractions, restaurants and shops in our city – some of which may not have existed or could have changed dramatically since they lived here.
The Come Home 2 Burlington contest encourages visitors to send a tweet with a photo using the Come Home 2 Burlington boards (located in stores, lobbies or registration areas) with their own personalized message:
Write a message on the boards
Take a photo
Tweet your photo to @burlingtontour using the hashtag #CH2B
This contest, which is also open to Burlington residents, will run until December 15th, with the winner selected on December 18th. The Grand Prize consists of a prize pack worth $500. For complete contest rules and details, please visit Tourism Burlington’s website.
2) Love My Hood
This program encourages residents to build a healthier city by providing a mechanism to get people together to organize and host their own local events to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The Love My Hood program provides resources, support and funding of up to $300 while eliminating some of the common barriers to organizing and hosting your own event.
Love My Hood events can be as big or small as you want them to be. Planning Ideas and Resources have been created to make the process easier and simpler. You can learn more about this program by visiting the City of Burlington’s website.
3) The Student Theatre Canada 150 Chain
This unique event encourages Burlington residents to describe, in their own words, what it means to be Canadian and how they express their Canadian pride. A ‘link’ to a chain will be created through this process of self-reflection. The chain itself will travel throughout Burlington and will be present at various events honouring Canada's 150th.
You can add your own personal link to this chain, which will be featured at Spencer Smith Park on July 1st by picking up one at any city pool, arena or community centre. When you’ve completed your link, bring it back to the same city community building and it will be added to the city-wide chain. Go to the City of Burlington’s website for more information on this activity.
4) Bronte Canada Day festivities
A Canada Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without a fireworks display, right? Well one of the best Canada Day fireworks displays in the west GTA is only a short drive away. Indeed, the Oakville Bronte Business Improvement Area (BIA) event is one of the biggest summer celebrations in all of Oakville!
Located at the foot of Lake Ontario at the Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, this festival should prove to be an ideal culmination to the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. This free all-day family event will feature activities for the whole family, including:
- A Farmer’s Market on Ontario Street from 10am to 4pm
- Vendor Village featuring local crafts and artisans
- Food vendors
- Music and performances all day long on three stages
- Bouncy castles
- A spectacular fireworks show over Lake Ontario in the evening.
You can learn more about this event by visiting the Town of Oakville’s website.
As you can see, there is a lot to do over the coming days in the lead up to Canada Day. We encourage families to use this momentous occasion as a reason to appreciate the many gifts we have in this beautiful country, to share its history and your love for our country with your children and to gather and celebrate a very important period in our country’s history.
However you decide to celebrate Canada 150, we hope you have a ton of fun doing it!