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Today is the last day of school for London and area children. In a few short hours, the kids will be released from school for the summer. Do you have your vacations booked? Is your car packed for the cottage? Are you ready to celebrate the Nation’s birthday this weekend? That’s right, not only do the kids get to celebrate the end of school, but summer is going to be ushered in with Canada Day celebrations this weekend!

I realize that not everyone has a cottage to escape to, or even much vacation time to draw on over the summer. There is always plenty to do around London and area though, and this weekend is no different. You can still celebrate Canada’s birthday and not necessarily have to spend a small fortune to do it. Why not look at these options;

Canada Day Fun In Your Neighbourhood

Canada Day celebrations in Summerside

Start the celebrations off early in the neighbourhood of Summerside. On Saturday, June 29th, the Summerside Optimist Club is sponsoring Canada Day festivities from 3-6 pm at Meadowgate Park. There will be inflatable bouncers, a kids dash, face painting, a maze, a BBQ by M&M, plus lots of other games and activities. Once the sun goes down, the sky will be lit up by fireworks. Glow sticks and snacks will be available to purchase as well. All profits go to further activities in Summerside, so make sure to get out and celebrate in your city.

Eldon House is getting in on the patriotic action as well. London’s oldest residence will be hosting free events in the garden between 12-5 pm. That includes live music, the chance to watch artists create en plein air, the opportunity to take in a game of croquet, Canada Day crafts for the kids, a puppet show, and even cake at 3 pm. Tours of the house are by donation.

The celebrations don’t stop there though. Between 6:30 – 10:30 pm a fundraising barbeque will be held. Tickets are $50. Dinner is served at 8 pm. There will be live entertainment, tours of the house, a silent auction, plus of course one of the best views of the fireworks being held at the Forks.

Dominion Day at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

If you want even more historic fun to ring in Canada’s 146th birthday, why not head out to Fanshawe Pioneer Village for their Dominion Day celebrations. You can watch a vintage baseball game, listen to patriotic speeches, enjoy birthday cake and lemonade on the green or a barbeque buffet in the Village Cafe. Admission is $7, with children under 3 free. Buffet prices are $13.50 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Of course the City of London always pulls out all the stops with their Canada Day celebrations down at Harris Park. The free event features a First Nations gathering, exhibits honouring Canada’s Heroes, vendors and community exhibits, birthday cake, and plenty of live entertainment. Celebrations start at noon and run through til fireworks light up the sky after dark. In fact, here’s a preview of what to expect this Canada Day.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to turn your alarm clocks off for the summer! 


We have been leading up to it all month. Ghosts and goblins are now perched on front lawns all over the city. Spiderwebs decorate trees and shrubs around every corner. Crooked tombstones mark where fiends have fallen, but beware the zombies that are trying to escape their earthly bonds…

This weekend the Halloween frenzy will be at its height around town. While young trick-or-treaters will still have a few days to wait for the official All Hallow’s Eve on October 31st, the weekend is shaping up to be full of frights all over the place. These are but a few of the scary settings you can check out;


For the second year in a row, Wortley Village will come alive after dark with the Halloween in the Village 2012. After the scarily successful first Halloween Parade, the Graceful Dead volunteers have decided to do it again, bigger and eviler than last year’s festivities. Get your ghastly get-up on and head down to the Normal School at the corner of Wortley and Elmwood Ave on Saturday, October 27, 2012 for the Carnival at 4 pm. There will be crafts, games, music and food vendors to fill up the tummies of your fiendish family. The parade starts at 6:30 pm at the corner of Wortley and Duchess, but judging for best costumes will be held at 5:30 pm, so make sure you strut your sinister selves on by the judges (one of whom is the notable Natalie Lovie of Fresh FM). Wondering what you will be judged on? Here are the categories;

Scariest Float
Most Humorous float
Best Float
Best Child’s costume
Most Creative costume
Most Spookiest costume
Best Group Costume
Best Puppet costume
Best Pet Costume
Best Teen Costume

The evening is sure to be a freaky and fun affair, well worth clanging your chains at. You will be in the company of other such notables like the Forest City Derby Girls (women’s roller derby team), the London Rogues (Star Wars Fan Club) and YOU!

Other Halloween Happenings around London;

  • Haunted Mansion Tour at Grosvenor Lodge: 1017 Western Rd, London, ON, October 27-29, 2012 from 7-9 pm, cost $5 per person
  • Trick, Treats  & Trumpets – Orchestra London Cushion Concerts: October 27, 2012 at 10 am & 11:30 am (30 minute concerts) at the London Public Library, Byron Branch (1295 Commissioners Rd W) featuring Shawn Spicer and his trumpet. Wear your costume. Appropriate for children 6 and under. Cost is $8 per person.
  • A Haunting We Will Go at Fanshawe Pioneer Village: 1424 Clark Rd, London, ON, October 27, 2012 from 12-4:30 pm, cost $5 per person
  • Halloween in SummersideSummerside Optimist Club: 3155 Meadowgate Blvd, London, ON, October 27, 2012 starting at 5 pm, children’s activities & parade, cost is Free
  • Hilton Halloween Street Party at Hilton Place: Circle intersection of Hilton & Whitney Ave, London, ON, October 27, 2012 from 1-3 pm
  • Fright Night at the Westminster Optimist Centre: 650 Osgoode Dr, London, ON, October 30, 2012 from 6-8 pm, Haunted House & Gross-Out zone,  cost $2 per person

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