Canada Day 2011

Canada Day celebrations are a main-stay of a Fort Simpson summer.  Every year on July 1st, the entire village comes out to spend time together, celebrating the land we call Canada.

The celebrations start out with the Canada Day parade.  For the most part, we don’t have traditional ‘floats’ that you would see further south.  Here, we celebrate with 4-wheel drive trucks, golf carts, and recreation vehicles which is a reflection of life in the north.

Bicycle Decorating Contest entry

The children love to decorate their bicycles in hopes of winning a prize for the best decorated bike.  Mini flags of Canada are thrown out to the crowd along with handfuls of candy.  The parade starts at one end of the island, and ends at the Drum Circle at the Papal Grounds.

This is the site of all village activities, and we arrive to music being played by a local band, and food cooking on the grill.  Hamburgers and hot dogs are grilled up with a variety of beverages to ‘wet your whistle’.  Situated at the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard rivers, we have a spectacular backdrop for the afternoon activites.

There is always a program with the children singing Oh Canada, and when

Cake with Strawberries

the time is right, the serving of the birthday cake.  Decorated with fresh strawberries, the cake is the highlight for anyone with a sweet tooth.

There are children’s games like the sack race, the bean bag toss, and the egg game.  While some children take part in the games, older children will ‘play’ on the canoe or in the tee pees.

Music, people, food, activities—it is an event for the whole family.

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