Oakville celebrated Canada Day in beautiful Bronte Village By the Lake. It was the party of the summer as crowds, in excess of 50,000 visitors, flooded to Bronte to share in the excitement. “Proud to be Canadian” and delighted with the festivities, organized by the 200 merchants of the Bronte Village Business Association (Bronte BIA) and the generous sponsors of Oakville’s Canada Day, the visitors made Oakville’s Annual Canada Day a huge success!
One of the premier Canada Day celebrations in Ontario and within our country, Oakville’s Canada Day in Bronte Village By the Lake is famous for its impressive Fireworks display, set off from a barge at the mouth of Bronte Creek on the shores of Lake Ontario. Both the day and the weather were perfect. The night was still and clear, with a full moon flooding its light over Lake Ontario and the evening festivities. Energy was high and the crowds were full of anticipation in Bronte’s Heritage Waterfront Park. As the band on the main stage played O’Canada followed by a wide range of crowd favorites, the skies lit up and the show began! Happy Birthday Canada!
For the first time ever the firework show was a simulcast live to our favourite music on 102.9 K-Lite FM. The entire day of events were hosted by K-Lite’s Peter Jaycock, drive-time host of the highest rated radio show in Hamilton.
The festivities began long before the Fireworks, however. By 7am the participants of Host a Veteran Fishing Derby had set off in their fishing boats to discover the treasures hidden in the waters of Lake Ontario off Bronte Village Harbour. They came home with plenty of amazing Lake Trout and great stories. The Oakville Trafalgar Lions Club kicked off the day for early birds with a pancake breakfast served at the Royal Canadian Legion. Restaurants and cafes throughout Bronte Village also hummed with activity and performances to please the crowds.
The Vendor Village featuring a wealth of products from near and far off lands, in addition to a vast array of health/wellness and other professional service providers, is always a hit and an opportunity that provides a wealth of information and discovery.
There were exciting activities for kids to do in the KidZone… an opportunity to participate in the painting of the RBC Monster Canada Day Mural, to have fun on the bouncies and at the paddleboat lagoon. Always a treat for the youngsters is the ‘hands-on’ fun with the Safari Science Reptile Show creatures.
The Bronte Heritage Main Stage located in Bronte’s Heritage Waterfront Park was a “happening place to be” – all day. An impressive line-up of bands playing a wide range of favorites was featured, with music and performances to suit every taste. The Cogeco Community Stage on Bronte Road featured varied and colourful, popular local talent – a must to see! “We look forward to playing this event every year,” guitarist Dave Siekanowicz announced, “the crowd always brings such great energy, and it’s one of the best festivals around.”
The Halton Pipes and Drums Band and the Oakville Celtic Fiddle Club kicked off the day in Bronte’s Heritage Waterfront Park, with opening ceremonies on the Main Stage in the afternoon. The party continued on the shores of Lake Ontario as friends met friends and together, they enjoyed a superb day of fun in the sun, the full moon and the spectacular Bronte Village fireworks in this special, sparkling lakeside park.
“Wasn’t it a blockbuster!” says Ann Sargent. Together, we were able to celebrate our lives and families, our great country, Canada, our heritage, our amazing Town of Oakville and Bronte Village By the Lake, Oakville. “Oh Canada, Our Home and Native Land!”
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