Join the Canada Day celebrations at Spencer Smith Park

For Immediate Release - June 23, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – On Wednesday, July 1 join Burlington’s Canada Day celebration in Spencer Smith Park from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The day starts with a free pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. courtesy of the Golden Griddle. Following the breakfast Judge Dr. Frank Hayden will kick off the festivities by welcoming new Canadian citizens at a special Citizenship Court ceremony at 11:30 a.m. The Burlington Teen Tour Band will then start the celebration with a musical performance during the opening ceremonies at 1 p.m.

This year’s Canada Day celebrations will have something for everyone to enjoy. The day includes multicultural entertainment and a variety of activities and games. Highlights and activities this year include:

  • A multicultural music exhibit and a world drum circle from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Scholars in Collars dog training performances at 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m.
  • A sail past by members of the LaSalle Park Marina and Burlington Sailing and Boating at 2:45 p.m.
  • Bouncers for the kids provided by Putting Edge, Mural provided by Burlington Hydro and a Rock Climbing wall provided by the Rock Climbing School
  • 500 “Watch it Grow” seedlings available from the Tourism Burlington booth in Spencer Smith Park
  • Lion’s Club Beer and Wine Garden
  • Stayin’ Alive-tribute to the Bee Gees at 8:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks at 10 p.m. supported by Emma’s Back Porch
  • A wide variety of food vendors and activity providers on site throughout the day.

A talented line up of entertainment will take place on two stages throughout the day featuring The Vibes, Harry Waller Band, Fiddle Stix, The Kanuck Koggers and many more.

In addition to the activities taking place in the park the Joseph Brant Museum will be holding a strawberry social as part of the Canada Day activities at the museum near the west side of Spencer Smith Park as well as in the park. The strawberry social will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the strawberry social please call the Joseph Brant Museum at 905-634-3556.

Parking in the downtown core is limited in particular for the evening fireworks display. The City of Burlington encourages residents to allow time to walk from a further distance to get to the park, take Burlington Transit and at all times obey parking and traffic regulations. There will be a Mountain Equipment Co-op Bike Corral at the park for those who want to safely lock up their bikes. Burlington Transit will run a Sunday schedule (regular fares apply) on Canada Day. There is a free Canada Day shuttle service from 7 to 11 p.m. The shuttle will run from the Central Park Bus Shelter along Teen Tour Way and travel to the downtown bus terminal.

For further information on the day’s event schedule, please visit or call the parks and recreation department at 905-335-7704.


Communications Contact:
Sean O'Brady
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7531
Fax. 905-632-9082

Media Contact:
Mike Mueller
Festival and Events Coordinator
Tel. 905-335-7704
Fax. 905-335-7756


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