Get away from the crowds on July 1 and celebrate Canada Day at a slower pace in Lanark County! Here’s a rundown of the celebrations taking place in Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls, Lanark Highlands and Fallbrook:
Mississippi Mills (Almonte and Pakenham):
Mississippi Mills is celebrating Canada’s birthday with an all-day schedule of family-friendly activities from dawn until dusk in Almonte, with a breakfast activity in Pakenham.
7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pakenham Fireman’s Breakfast
7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Paddle for the Almonte General Hospital at the Almonte Fairgrounds
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canada Day Car Show & Shop
3 p.m. Family Picnic in Gemmill Park:
- Legion BBQ & Refreshment Garden
- Wraps & Stuff Food Truck
- T-Shirt making with JB Arts
- Face painting with Mississilli Faces
- Inflatable Games and more
Carleton Place is starting the Canada Day party early with a kick-off celebration at the Carleton Place arena the evening before Canada Day, on June 30. On Canada Day, activities take place at Riverside Park, where you’ll find a full day of events and fun free of charge!
The event kicks off at 12 p.m. with live music from the Carleton Place & District Community Band, and Opening ceremonies begin just after 1 p.m.
Other activities include a bicycle parade, bouncy inflatables, live music, crafts, petting zoo, family shows, and of course a Canada Day birthday cake! Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
Perth offers a full line-up of Canada Day activities leading up to the big day, but on July 1 you can head to Conlon Farm at 3:30 p.m. for a children’s concert, face painting, and a Canada 150 mural to colour.
At 4:30 p.m. the Kiwanis Club opens registration for their Classic Kids Games on the soccer fields. Games start at 5 p.m., featuring a shoe toss, egg and spoon race and other old-fashioned interactive games. A prize for every participant, and a bicycle draw for one lucky kid!
At 6 p.m., Council will pass out special Canada Day themed cookies to the first 150 kids!
At 4 p.m., a LAW & ORDERS food truck will be on-site serving fresh made burgers, fries and poutine from the Special Burger Unit. Ice cream and hot dogs are available at the canteen.
At 6:30 p.m., the evening’s main stage gets rockin’ with STILL KICKIN, followed by SMITH & SMITH, then an address by the Mayor at 8 p.m.
At 8:15 p.m., Council will hand out free Canada themed cupcakes near the Chalet. Music continues at 8:20 with The TRITONES and the evening will finish with the indomitable ARLENE QUINN!
Fireworks at 10 p.m.by the Perth Volunteer Fire Fighters’ Association.
NOTE: at 1:20 p.m., the RCAF 1 Canada Air Division will Fly Over the Tay Basin in Perth, with a CC-150 Polaris Jet, in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation!
Head to Lower Reach Park for Canada Day celebrations in Smiths Falls. There will be live entertainment, a parade with 150 horses, kids bike decoration competition, fireworks and more on the agenda for Canada Day!
12 p.m. – Canada Day Parade
At 11 a.m. at the Smiths Falls Community Memorial Centre
2 to 8 p.m. – Live Entertainment
At Lower Reach Park
- 1pm: Steven Gabriel Magic Show
- 2pm: River City Junction
- 5pm: Maria Hawkins
- 6pm: Andy Mason
- 7pm: Canada 150 Youth Choir
10 p.m. – Fireworks
In Lower Reach Park
Visit Fallbrook baseball diamond in Tay Valley Township for an afternoon and evening of good, old-fashioned Canada Day fun on July 1! The activities start at 4 p.m. where you can enjoy a barbecue dinner, children’s – and adult! – games (with prizes) and a fireworks display at dusk.