Celebrate 150 years of Canada with the City of St. Catharines with free activities the whole family will enjoy.
The City’s Canada 150 Task Force kicks off Canada Day festivities with a flag raising ceremony at Centennial Gardens at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 1. Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Canada. Join the Task Force to raise the Canadian flag and sing O Canada.
Canada Day Celebrations
Celebrate Canada Day with live entertainment, family activities and birthday cake Saturday, July 1 at Rennie Park in Port Dalhousie.
Festivities begin with Melissa Shriner singing O Canada at noon. The White Pine Dancers perform from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Broken Cadence takes the stage from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Elton Lammie performs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Canada Day fun also includes a midway with bouncers, games and crafts, buskers and more. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/CanadaDay for more information.
Free parking is available at City parking lots and on-street meters within walking distance of Rennie Park. Revellers can also park at Ontario Jaycee Gardens Park (543 Ontario St.) and access Rennie Park via the Rennie Park Bridge
Dominion Day Picnic
Celebrate Canada Day at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre during the annual Dominion Day Picnic Saturday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pack a lunch to enjoy on the museum grounds, try croquet, sack races and other heritage picnic games. Meet historical “characters” from St. Catharines’ past, visit the tea tent, enjoy music provided by guest fiddlers, try making heritage ice cream, and have fun with many other Canada-themed activities. Admission is by donation.
The museum will also open a new exhibit celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. The museum’s One-Five-OH! exhibit explores St. Catharines through the lens of the city’s diverse residents and features items and stories contributed by residents. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Canada Day. Admission is by donation. Visit www.stcatharinesmuseum.ca for more information.
The City’s outdoor pools open for the season Saturday, July 1. Enjoy free leisure swims on Canada Day at any City pool. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/poolevents for locations, schedules and admission requirements.
St. Catharines Farmers Market
The St. Catharines Farmers Market at Market Square in Downtown St. Catharines will be open as usual on Saturday, July 1 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Canada Day fireworks
With support from community donors, the Port Dalhousie Lions Club will light up the Port Dalhousie sky with its annual Canada Day fireworks. This year the Lions Club will set off fireworks from Henley Island. Access to Henley Island will be closed during the fireworks show. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. Residents can view the fireworks from Rennie Park, Jaycee Park and the surrounding area. Admission is free. A rain date is set for Sunday, July 2 at 10 p.m.
Activities at other City facilities:
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
The Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre has screenings all weekend long, including Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2, the sequel to the 2006 Canadian film Bon Cop Bad Cop that was a box office smash across the country, on July 1 at 9 p.m. General admission is $9; Film House members get in for $7. Visit www.firstontariopac.ca for listings, shows times and other information.
The Foster Festival is the very first theatre festival in Canada celebrating the work of a living Canadian playwright. Norm Foster comedies have been staged around the world for over two decades. Foster’s Screwball Comedy hits the stage this weekend June 30 at 8 p.m. and July 2 at 2 p.m. Visit www.firstontariopac.ca for more information.
Garden City Golf Course
Go for the green at the Garden City Golf Course on Canada Day. The City-run golf course will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk, weather permitting. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Golf for more information and to book your tee time.
The picturesque Morningstar Mill heritage site at Decew Falls will be open for tours on Canada Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/MorningstarMill for more information.
The following City facilities will be closed on Monday July 3 for the statutory Canada Day statutory holiday:
St. Catharines Transit will be operating on a holiday schedule on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1. Transit will return to its regular schedule on Sunday, July 2. St. Catharines Transit’s administration office will be closed Monday, July 3.