Canada 150: Celebrate in Lanark County July 1

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

Dusk fireworks!

Carleton Place:

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 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!

Smiths Falls:

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.


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