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Celebrating Canada - Numerous Annapolis County communities planning fun and festive July 1 activities

Canada Day celebrations in Annapolis County take place from Bear River to Melvern Square and most points in between – including Middleton where last year’s celebration drew a big crowd including this patriotic person. Check the story for listings of most events.
Canada Day celebrations in Annapolis County take place from Bear River to Melvern Square and most points in between – including Middleton where last year’s celebration drew a big crowd including this patriotic person. Check the story for listings of most events. - Lawrence Powell

Residents in Annapolis County pull out all the stops when they celebrate Canada’s birthday, with events in numerous communities from Melvern Square to Cornwallis Park and points in between.

Some of the biggest gatherings are in Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal, but Lawrencetown puts on a big event and the Macdonald Museum in Middleton has lots of fun, food, and entertainment.

We’ve put together a list of Canada Day events in various communities, including Kejimkujik National Park. Other Canada Day events may be taking place in other communities, so check your local community group Facebook pages, Legion Facebook pages, or fire halls. Take a look and plan accordingly.

• Canada Day Celebrations at Fort Anne & Port-Royal Fort Anne National Historic Site from 12 to 3 p.m. 323 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal and Port-Royal National Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Celebrate Canada’s birthday with free entry to both national historic sites. Begin your day at Fort Anne with ‘O Canada’ at the flag raising at town hall; join Parks Canada’s mascot, Parka, in the procession to the fort; savour a piece of cake; set out your blanket for a picnic and enjoy the musical entertainment. Or head over to Port-Royal for more music and cake in the afternoon.
Other Canada Day events in Annapolis Royal include concerts all afternoon at the amphitheatre featuring The 3 of THeM, Lynnea Rose, and Mark Bezanson and Friends. Plus the Farmers and Traders Market is on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’s a Cradle of our Nation National Historic District Tour from the lighthouse at 2 p.m., and a free swim at the Annapolis Royal Pool from 2 to 5 p.m. And don’t forget to check out events at Historic Gardens.
Canada Day Celebrations at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site at Maitland Bridge. Free entry all day and free cupcakes in the Visitor Centre. Program kicks off at 11 a.m. in the Visitor Centre. Don’t miss the official launch of the Friends of Keji Photo Contest and the 2019 Interpretation Programs suitable for visitors of all ages.

• Canada Day in Lawrencetown from 1 to 5 p.m. Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. at the fire hall and will include a Canada flag hunt, candy jar guessing game, bouncy castle, musical entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, fish pond, wall of water, bubbles, train and wagon rides, dessert foods by Pam, and hot dogs provided by the Lions Club. Participants will then head over to the Lawrencetown Pool from 3 to 5 p.m. for a refreshing swim.

• Canoe the River on Canada Day - Come down to Riverside Park in Middleton on Canada Day for a fun paddle. There will be no reservations required for this event which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be first come first served. Paddles will only be 45 minutes long to get as many people out on the river as possible. There will be prizes throughout the day.

• Canada Day at Macdonald Museum - Celebrate Canada's Birthday! Flag-raising at 1 p.m. followed by great live music, barbecue and cake. Fun games for children too. A free family event in co-operation with the Town of Middleton. This will be an indoor event if it's raining. 21 School Street, Middleton.

• Canada Day in Port Lorne - There’s a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the fire hall, a parade begins at 2 p.m. followed by ice cream at the fire hall. Around 4 p.m. down in the field there will be face painting and a ball game. In the evening there will be a big bonfire on the shore followed by fireworks.

Bridgetown Celebrates Canada Day – The Bridgetown Lions Club hosts a Lions Canada Day Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Bridgetown Legion. There’s an ecumenical service at 10 a.m. at the Baptist Church, kids program Planting in the Park from 12 to 2 p.m., an open swim at Centennial Pool from 2 to 4 p.m., Cool Moves BMX at 3:30 p.m., the Canada Day ceremony at 6 p.m. with a cake cutting, cupcakes, and healthy snacks, Canada Day Canteen from 6 p.m. to dusk, face painting from 7 to 9 p.m., live entertainment at 7 and 8 p.m., and fireworks at dusk. All events are at Jubilee Park unless otherwise noted.

• Melvern Square Canada Day celebrations run from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Melvern Square & Area Community Hall at 165 Bridge Street.

• Cornwallis Park Celebrates Canada Day with a Canada Day barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Felker Hall Community Centre at 734 Broadway Avenue. Hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs with side dishes, drinks, and sweets.

• Canada Day in Bear River is hosted by the Bear River Legion on the waterfront. Events include an all-day barbecue at 1 p.m., a youth washer toss tournament at 2 p.m., free cake and ice cream at 5 p.m., and music by the Margie Brown Duo at 7:30 p.m.

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