Laser lights and musical delights
From Bethune House to Bracebridge Bay, it’s going to be a busy Canada Day long weekend in South Muskoka.
If it's a musical celebration you’re after then head down to the Barge at Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst on July 1. Back-to-back-to-back shows kick off at 2 pm and run into the evening.
Things get started with the Bi-Focals Concert Band, followed by the Orillia Silver Band - a brass band with more than 60 years experience - playing at 4:30 pm. Little White Lies - a five piece band covering everything from hot 100 radio hits to celtic and funk, conclude the day’s lineup starting at 7:30 pm.
The park will also be buzzing with plenty of other activities during the day. There’s a falconry show at 10:30 am, a barbecue, a magic show with the Incredible Frank Clarkson at 12:30 and interactive tents on site from the Gravenhurst Public Library, Muskoka Discovery Centre and Barkway Farms.
Aspiring firefighters will get their shot at the limelight with the Junior Firefighter Challenge at 11 am. There's a hose carry race, a hammer competition and even a teddy bear rescue, all part of this free event.
Just a couple of blocks across town, Bethune House will celebrate the occasion with games and activities for children, as well as refreshments for everyone and free admission.
Just west of Gravenhurst, off Highway 169, the small community of Walker’s Point always marks Canada Day with a bang.
The Walker’s Point Marina is home to one of the best fireworks displays in all of Muskoka (this year taking place on June 30), as well as a barbecue, carnival games and the always entertaining FTL Water Sports Ski Show at 8:30 pm.
In Minett, plans are set for a July 1 fireworks display and other activities throughout the day at JW Marriott The Muskoka Resort & Spa.
The Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling will be giving guests a taste of Christmas in July, as they give visitors the chance to tour their new “Winter in Muskoka” interactive exhibit. There will also be free cake and refreshments for the public on July 1.
Over the past decade or so Bracebridge has gained some renown for having one of the best fireworks displays north of Barrie. This year, with some added funding from the federal government, organizers have been able to up the ante with even more activities.
Events will take over Bracebridge Bay and most of downtown starting from noon on July 1. There’s live local music on stage all day long, including Jeff Stamp (12:00 pm–12:50 pm), Clayton Earl (1–1:50 pm); Paul Noonan (2–2:50 pm), Bronwyn Boyer (3–3:50 pm), Angie Nussey (4–5:50 pm), Jam Sandwich (6–6:50 pm) and Small Town Road (7–8:00 pm).
Downtown will also be abuzz with a Canada Day cupcake, cake and flag giveaway, children’s entertainer Ronno, a Scales Nature Park interactive display and arts and crafts.
Over in Bracebridge Bay the beer tent opens at 5pm and there’s plenty to watch in the form of cardboard boat races at 8:30 pm and the ever popular duck derby at 9 pm.
It all leads up to the big fireworks show at dusk. As an added twist, this year’s spectacular will feature a laser light show courtesy of Lasershow Canada.