Canada Day celebrates the Vision of Youth, Sport, History and Multiculturalism

(Monday, June 20, 2016 - North Bay, ON) – July 1st, 2016 brings about the 149th birthday of Canada and the 69th year of Canadian citizenship. To celebrate this monumental occasion, the North Bay Canada Day Committee initiated a school-wide poster challenge. The theme for the ninth annual Canada Day Poster Challenge was “Canadian Culture”. The Committee invited students from area elementary schools to illustrate how people, places, traditions, arts and events have shaped Canadian culture. Ally Dech, a grade six student at St. Francis Catholic Elementary, was the winner of the tenth annual Canada Day Poster challenge.  During the Canada Day opening ceremonies on July 1st, Ally’s poster will formally be presented to the public.        

Registration for the annual Canada Day Road Race will start at 8:30 am at the A.C.T Shelter.

The Canada Day festivities will kick off at twelve noon at the Waterfront A.C.T. shelter with the singing of O’Canada and the official cake cutting ceremonies hosted by the Association of Canadian Travelers and the Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre.

After the opening ceremonies, the North Bay & District Multicultural Centre will host the 9th annual Multicultural Showcase.  This event features an afternoon of performers highlighting the diversity of North Bay through music, song, dance, and other artistic forms.  Be sure to join Discovery North Bay for free entry into their “Fakes and Forgeries” at Discovery North Bay between 10am – 2pm.  From 10am – 12pm there will be cricket coaching followed by a 1pm cricket game held at Amelia soccer field for people ages 16+.  Participants must register in advance by contacting Vindra at 705-495-8931.

The afternoon's agenda of events include the Canada Day Kid Zone that has a wide range of supervised sporting activities for children and, of course, the Heritage Railway Train, carousel rides and face painting. Food vendors will also be set up during the event.

Cassidy and Bryce Sigouin will be performing at the Kiwanis Bandshell from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm followed by We R 3 at 8:00pm – 8:50 pm with Heart of Gold – Neil Young Tribute closing the show at 9:10pm – 10:00pm.

A Fireworks Finale will complete the celebration at 10:00 p.m. on the North Bay waterfront. “The Moose Rocks the Boat” Fireworks cruise is scheduled to depart at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased at the Chief Ticket office on the Government Dock or by calling 705-494-8167.

For more information visit the Canada Day City of North Bay Website to view a full schedule of events.