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Canada Day celebrations in Hornepayne, Marathon and Manitouwadge

Busy Canada Day for the region.
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SUPERIOR NORTH -- It’s going to be a busy Canada day this Friday in many communities! Here’s the rundown for these three towns:

Hornepayne’s day starts at 8:30 a.m. with a free pancake and bacon breakfast at the Pavilion, hosted by the Hornepayne Pentecostal church.

  • At 10:30 a.m., you are invited to bring your decorated side x side, lawn mowers, or other vehicle and join in on a Canada Day parade! The parade leaves the arena parking lot at 11 a.m.
  • From 12 p.m., starting with an opening speech and the singing of Oh Canada, you can enjoy many free events, such as firetruck tours and pictures with Sparky, crafts and colouring contests, games, such as fishpond, bowling, bean bag toss and bocce ball.
  • At 1 p.m., you’ll want to join in on the fun at a kid’s dance party or try your skills at some fun-filled races! Ages three to 15 are invited to the egg and spoon race and potato sack race, then kids of all ages can join in on the fun with the minnow races.
  • There’s free face painting starting at 2 p.m., but you might want to hold off until after the pie eating contest! The two sure-to-be-messy competitions start at 2 p.m.: one for ages 3 to 12, and another for 13+.
  • There are other events on-going throughout the day. The fire department is hosting a free barbecue, and there is free popcorn, cotton candy and freezies available. If these aren’t what you’re craving, there are other delicious snacks available at the food vendors.
  • To finish off the day, there will be a fireworks display, hosted by the Hornepayne fire department.                                                                                                                              

Click here for a full list of events and sponsors on the Township of Hornepayne’s Canada Day page.


Marathon starts its celebrations with a fundraiser ‘4 on 4’ beach volleyball tournament. Pre-register by texting Jim at (807) 228-3384.

  • Starting at 11 a.m. at Penn Lake Park, there’s something for everyone! There will be carnival games, a bouncy castle, a kid’s activity table, photo booth and more!
  • There will be a vendor’s market with over 30 tables of crafts, food and other merchandise, and music will be provided by Dr. D. Jay.
  • Be sure to check out the car show at the Canadian Tire parking lot.
  • The fireworks start at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and bug spray!

You can find more about the Marathon community events on their Facebook page.

Manitouwadge has a great afternoon of fun planned for everyone!

  • At 1:00, there’s a kid’s Canada Day parade, starting at the Canada Post building, and winding through downtown to the hospital, where the long-term residents will get to view the creatively decorated bikes. After the parade, kids can enjoy a Freezie, compliments of 2 Doors Down!
  • The official opening ceremonies start at 5:00 p.m. at the Rec Centre ballfield, where two bands, ‘Badd Habits’ and ‘From June to the Storm’, will be playing. This is the location for most of the events this evening.
  • The Catholic Women’s Society will be selling snow cones and delicious barbecued treats, starting at 5:00.
  • Be sure to check out the firefighter’s ‘Hazard Kitchen’ and learn some safe cooking practices.
  • Come play some carnival games, such as Plinko, a paper airplane challenge, and a strength testing ‘High Striker’ game. Jump on into the Bouncy Castle down at the Rec centre! (Wristbands will be sold at $2 per child, or a family for $5 for the Bouncy Castle.)
  • Join in on some contests! First up is the ‘How many balloons does it take to fill up the fire chief’s truck?” For $1, contestants can take a guess! The winner will receive a gift from MooseTrax.
  • Challenge your skills with the adult football toss contest! Manitouwadge Extreme Dollars, donated by Barrick, will be awarded to first, second and third place winners at 8 p.m.
  • Who’s going to get a pie in the face! The mayor? A local municipal worker? An OPP officer? It’s your choice! Drop some money in one of the buckets to decide which one gets it! The ‘winner’ will be announced at 8:30 p.m. Funds raised from all these contests will help pay for next year’s fireworks display.
  • When the sun sets on Canada Day, set up your lawn chair at Prospector Park and enjoy the fireworks, sponsored in part by Manroc and Barminco. Fire Chief Don Kruger will be on hand to assure everything goes off safely!

For more information on the events happening in Manitouwadge this Friday, go to the Community Services Facebook page.


Wherever and however you celebrate this Canada Day, be sure to be wear sunscreen, bug spray, be a good neighbour, and have fun!

Marya Kalen

About the Author: Marya Kalen

Marya is a self-described wordsmith: a reporter, a writer of novels and short stories, and an artist, dabbling in many mediums.
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