Come play in Collingwood, this Canada Day long weekend and enjoy a host of free events including music, food, fun, fireworks and more. Here’s a selection of the free activities to get everyone active and enjoying the vibrant arts and culture scene in Collingwood:
Friday June 30
Collingwood Downtown’s 40th Anniversary Celebration (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) Pine Street Municipal Parking Lot, corner of Pine and Second streets. As a kick off to the community’s celebration of Canada’s 150th, Collingwood Downtown’s Business Improvement Area is hosting a party which also celebrates the organization’s 40thanniversary.
Saturday July 1
Optimist Club Bike Parade (10:00 a.m.) Trott’s Sports Excellence Parking lot. Decorate your Bike showing your Canadian pride and ride through Downtown Collingwood to the Loblaws Parking Lot.
Free Family Swim & 50th Anniversary BBQ (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Centennial Aquatic Centre, 451 Third Street at Spruce Street. Cool down in the pool and enjoy a great BBQ, courtesy of the Town of Collingwood.
Collingwood Community Art Project (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie Street (Freeschools World Literacy Community Room A). Collingwood will celebrate Canada with a community mural project comprised of 150+ pieces to be painted by community members and visitors on Canada Day. “The pieces will form a maple leaf, the same way that communities and cultures collectively form the fabric of Canada,” describes mural designer Shane Durnford.
Canada150 Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony (12:00 p.m.) Federal Building, 44 Hurontario Street. Everyone is invited to reaffirm his or her Canadian Citizenship, receive a commemorative certificate and have a free piece of birthday cake, courtesy of Loblaw Great Food! This is a great way to celebrate and recognize our great country. Call 705-445-5595 or visit the website at www.collingwooddowntown.com. Presented by: Collingwood Downtown
Get Out On the Water (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Collingwood Harbour, 1 Heritage Drive. Get out on the water is an Ontario-wide initiative to introduce people to water sports in a fun and safe way. Although all the events are free, pre-registration is advised to ensure you have a spot when you arrive. Visit http://www.collingwood.ca/getoutonthewater for more information and to register. Presented by: Collingwood Sailing School, Collingwood Rowing Club, Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club and the Optimist Club of Collingwood.
Millennium Park Celebrations (3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) Millennium Park, 1 Heritage Drive (behind the Grain Terminals) Bring the family down for the Celebration of Canadian Song & Dance, a wonderful musical experience showcasing nine incredibly talented local performers. Bring the kids to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge mobile park area and have fun with the Imagination Playground blocks, giant games and activity stations which will run between 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Don’t forget a blanket and refillable water bottle. Consider travelling by trail, on foot or on bike. Limited parking available. There’s even a chance for a group of families to enjoy a free dinner as part of the Loblaw Good Food “eat together” initiative which even includes picnic tables decorated by the Collingwood community.
Fireworks (10:00 p.m.) Best views are from Millennium Park, but the Shipyards Amphitheatre or anywhere along the Waterfront Promenade will not disappoint! Presented by: Town of Collingwood.
Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2
Collingwood Retrospective: 150 Years of Innovation Exhibit (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Collingwood Museum, 45 St. Paul Street. Experience the technological innovations that have changed the lives of Collingwood residents since 1867. From communication and transportation to health care, discover the Collingwood Museum’s one-of-a-kind collection. Ride a penny-farthing, explore a hands-on vintage technology display, and celebrate Canada 150.
Children’s Activity Centre (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Federal Building, Hurontario Street (between 1st & 2nd Streets) Free face painting and a chance to take home a fun balloon creation, from the expert twisters of U-Pick Parties.
The Lumberjack Show (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) Sheffer Court, 186 Hurontario Street. Featuring comedy, axe juggling and gigantic muscles, ending with a daring aerial rope act. Call 705-445-5595 or visit the website at www.collingwooddowntown.com. Presented by: Collingwood Downtown.
Presenting Princess Emilie (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street (under the Town Clock) Three performances per day beginning at 11:00 a.m., plus lots of time to dance and sing like a Princess. Come dressed in your best Princess costume and join the fun. Performances will also include lots of free activities and crafts – all with a Princess themed to celebrate Princess Emilie’s performance!
Sunday July 2
Collingwood Welcomes “The Mudmen” in Concert (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) Shipyards Amphitheatre, North Maple Street. Finish off our Festival for Canada with the excitement and energy of The Mudmen as they crank out great music from this picturesque waterfront setting. Presented by: The Town of Collingwood and Fram + Slokker.
Celebrate our country and community at the Collingwood Festival for Canada, June 30th to July 2nd. This glowing family festival located in the historic, harbourfront community of Collingwood is a traditional tribute to this glorious country’s 150th anniversary. For more details visit www.collingwood.ca/canadaday.