Canada Day in St. Catharines . . . What to do, what to do?

I’ll take a minute on this glorious Friday before the best one weekend of the year to drop and update from City Hall on what there is to do around town this weekend:

Canada Day at Rennie Park

Celebrate Canada Day with live entertainment, family activities and cupcakes Sunday, July 1 at Rennie Park. Festivities begin with Tim Holland, the Puppet Tamer, from noon to 12:30 p.m. The White Pine Dancers perform from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Montebellos take the stage from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. followed by Rosevelt from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The Athertones perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Canada Day in Rennie Park also includes a midway with bouncers, games, crafts, buskers and more. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/CanadaDay for more information.

Free parking is available at City parking lots and on-street meters within walking distance of Rennie Park. Revellers can also park at Ontario Jaycee Gardens Park, 543 Ontario St., and access Rennie Park via the pedestrian bridge.

Canada Day at the St. Catharines Museum

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre celebrates the Niagara- Canadian Mosaic with live cultural performances, carnival games and out-of-the-vault exhibits from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Catch live folk music from Vox Violins between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Niagara Multi- Folk-Arts Song and Dance Ensemble performs at 11 a.m. and the Latin Immigrant Niagara Community Association performs at 2 p.m. Pack a lunch to enjoy on the museum grounds. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation. Visit www.stcatharinesmuseum.ca for more information.

Free swimming

Enjoy free leisure swims on Canada Day at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, Port Dalhousie Pool, Lincoln Park Pool and Lion Dunc Schooley Pool. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/poolevents for locations, schedules and admission requirements.

Canada Day fireworks

With support from community donors, the Port Dalhousie Lions Club will light up the sky with its annual Canada Day fireworks Sunday, July 1 at 10 p.m. from Henley Island. Access to Henley Island will be closed during the fireworks show. Residents can view the fireworks from Rennie Park, Jaycee Park and the surrounding area. Admission is free.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The Film house will be closed for Canada Day, but theatre fans can enjoy Wrong for Each Other, the first play offered during the third annual Foster Festival over the weekend. The play takes the stage Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visit www.firstontariopac.ca for details.

Garden City Golf Course

Go for the green at the Garden City Golf Course on Canada Day. The City-run golf course will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk, weather permitting. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Golf for more information and to book your tee time.

Morningstar Mill

The picturesque Morningstar Mill heritage site at Decew Falls will be open for tours on Canada Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/MorningstarMill for more information.

Closures

The following facilities will be closed Monday, July 2 for the Canada Day holiday:

  City Hall

  Enterprise Centre

  Parks, Recreation and Culture Services administration offices

  Meridian Centre

  Russell Avenue and Port Weller community centres

  Dunlop Drive, Port Dalhousie and West St. Catharines older adult centres

  Victoria Lawn Cemetery administration office (visitation is always available from
dawn to dusk)

  Seymour Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, Bill Burgoyne Arena and Garden City Arena Complex will be closed Sunday, July 1.

St. Catharines Transit
St. Catharines Transit will be operating on a holiday schedule on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1. Transit will return to its regular schedule on Monday, July 2. St. Catharines Transit’s administration office will be closed Monday, July 2.