Any weekend in Collingwood is a great weekend, but when it’s the Canada Day long weekend, it’s extra special.
Celebrate our country and community at the Collingwood Festival for Canada, July 1-3. This glowing family festival in the historic, harbourfront community of Collingwood is a traditional tribute to our glorious country.
From July 1 to 3, there are dozens of free family activities taking place throughout downtown Collingwood and the harbour area, including castle building, a street feast, a concert, fireworks and water sports.
“In Collingwood, we have such a strong link with Canada’s history, from our shipbuilding to our railway, and Canada Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the role our community has played in the development of this country,” said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “Every year I look forward to our Canada Day celebrations, and I hope you’ll join us downtown this long weekend for the many great events we have planned.”
Start the celebrations in Downtown Collingwood at 8:00 a.m. with the famous Canada Day Pancake Breakfast, then take part in the Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony at noon with Collingwood’s very own Town Crier. 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!
The fun for kids gets into full swing by 11:00 a.m. in downtown Collingwood, with free face painting and a chance to take home a fun balloon creation at Sheffer Court. On Simcoe Street, the vintage market and artisan tents compliment the free arts and crafts, activities and live performances. The Healthy Kids Imagination Station will also be there followed by Cardboardia castle-building at 3:00 p.m. and a family movie showing at the Simcoe Street Theatre at 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the all new “Farm to Table” Street Feast as it transforms Simcoe Street into a pedestrian-only celebration of local food and art. Local chefs join local food producers and farmers to present an outstanding culinary experience for all. Two street feast sittings will be held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared by local chefs, in the company of friends and family. Get back the original roots of good food in the middle of Simcoe Street, at this outdoor family-style eating experience with long table seating and live music. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance at www.ccfcoop.ca/street-feast/ as seating is limited. $35/$15 kids 12 and under. The Neil Young ‘Uns will be providing background music during the dinner.
The Clear Canadian Song Contest Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Shipyards Amphitheatre. This free concert begins with contest judges Sacha Law, Stephen Hanmore, and Jason Redman playing some of your favourite Canadian covers. At 8:30 p.m. the top six qualifiers will compete for the title of Clear Canadian Song Contest Champion. The winner will be selected by audience text vote so don’t forget your cell phone. Bring a blanket and enjoy great live music with the backdrop of the harbour and Southern Georgian Bay.
The grand finale to a perfect day comes with the explosion of lights and colour filling the sky over the harbour when the Canada Day fireworks commence at 10:00 p.m. The fireworks will be launching from a new location at Hen & Chickens Island so expect some new views and variations. View the fireworks from anywhere along the waterfront including the Shipyards Amphitheatre, Millennium Park, and the Promenade.
And that’s just the beginning. On July 2, head down to the harbor for the Get Out On the Water in Collingwood events including free rowing paddling, sailing and fishing. The Georgian Bay Cup sailing race also takes place this day in the Collingwood Harbour, as does as the 30th annual Optimist’s Club Kids’ Fish Derby .
All weekend long, Collingwood Downtown plays host to the Candid Canuck ‘selfie’ station at the Town Hall, where you can snap a picture with a Canadian icon and enter the Collingwood Downtown Facebook contest to win great prizes. A Children’s Activity Centre, ‘Presenting Princess Emilie’ performances and presentations by the Mystic Drumz promise to provide fun for the whole family. The acclaimed Farmers’ Market also continues Saturday morning.
With more than 25 different activities during this long weekend, there will be lots of play in Collingwood during this three-day Festival for Canada.
Collingwood stands on guard for FREE, with lots of free concerts, free kids activities, strolling street entertainment and so much more all to honour and celebrate the greatest country in the world.
Don’t miss the Jazz & Blues at the Station Canada Day pre-show on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Featuring Tamica & the Boyz, with opening act Dylan Burchall and R&B Collective. There is no charge, but donations are encouraged. Don’t forget to bring your lawnchair.
For more details visit collingwood.ca/canadaday.