Post by Kate Hunker. Kate is a writer, dog lover, and frequent traveler.
Canada Day in the capital is synonymous with many things… red and white everywhere and thousands upon thousands of people filling the streets of downtown are both images that come to mind. But one event that is on the radar of those who live in the Orleans area is the Canada Day celebrations at Petrie Island, which is at long last returning this year after being absent during summer 2015 and 2016.
One of the reasons that Canada Day at Petrie is enticing for some is because it offers an alternative to celebrating Canada’s 150th at Parliament Hill. If the high intensity atmosphere that surrounds the Ottawa core on Canada Day is too much, a day at Petrie Island can offer a more low key way to celebrate by the water.
The Petrie Island Canada Day celebrations, dubbed Canada D’Eh Fest, are being given new life by the Kiwanis Club of Orleans which means that a family friendly spin will be put on the event this year. The festivities begin on June 30 and run until July 2, with most of the energy and events culminating on Canada’s big day. The event is set to feature tons of live music with bands such as Wise, Young, & King as well as Tribe Royal taking to the stage. Fireworks will cap off the night on July 1 with the event website promising them to be “the biggest and best fireworks Orleans has ever seen”.
So, whether you’re looking for kid friendly entertainment, desiring a modest celebration, or are one of the many Orleans dwellers that has been anxiously awaiting the return of these Canada Day festivities, Petrie Island will be waiting for you on July 1!