Community pride and jubilation are on the menu as the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation Department offers a full slate of community celebrations for Canada Day 2016. Celebrations will occur throughout the region and feature an abundance of musical performances and children’s activities to celebrate the birth of our nation.
Morning celebrations will be held in Sydney Mines and Whitney Pier. The Sydney Mines Legion on Main Street will feature their annual Canada Day Breakfast at 9am. In Whitney Pier, Neville Park will host a sausage and pancake breakfast as well as free bounce houses, lazer tag, face-painting, and other children’s activities beginning at 9am.
In the afternoon, there will be celebrations in Glace Bay, North Sydney, Westmount, Dominion, Sydney, New Waterford, and Louisbourg.
Queen Elizabeth Park in Glace Bay will come to life at noon, with music from Full Circle and Princess Ariel as well as lazer tag and seniors bingo. North Sydney’s Smelt Brook Park on Pierce Street will host an abundance of children’s activities presented by the North Sydney Fire Department, starting at noon. Dominion will have a community celebration beginning at 1pm at Hawks Field with music by Red & White as well as pony rides, a magic show by Jokers Wild, Serpentime, and more.
At 2pm, Westmount’s celebration in Petersfield Park will feature music from Chapter One and Dinky Cameron, as well as bounce houses, bungee racing, and many other children’s activities from the ACAP Blue Zone and CBU’s Mall of Science. Also at 2pm, Celebrations get underway in New Waterford with music from Slowcoaster as well as pony rides, Serpentime, Jokers Wild magic show, and more. Louisbourg’s celebration will also take place at 2pm at the S&L Railway Museum, featuring performance by Flyte as well as pony rides, bounce houses, and other children’s activities.
The second annual Canada Day Hip Hop Showcase will take place at Andrew MacKinnon Skate Park on Mt. Kemmel Street in Sydney at 1pm. The event will feature nearly 20 performances throughout the day including Mitchell Bailey, Nomad, and Evolve Festival performers The Royal Kush Band. This event has explicit lyrics and parental discretion is advised.
The evening of Canada Day will feature The Privateers and Alter Ego headlining at the Emera Centre in North Sydney while Gordie Sampson and Sam Moon will perform at Wentworth Park in Sydney. The annual boat parade and fireworks in Marion Bridge wrap up a full day of festivities largely taking place at MacPherson’s Field beginning at noon.
Canada Day celebrations across the CBRM would not be possible without the sport of the government of Canada through the department of Canadian Heritage, as well as the many community groups and volunteers that dedicate their time and effort to their communities.