Canada Day at Fiddle Park, Shelburne | Written by: Lindsay W.
live performance on canada day celebration with a crowd watching from the grass.

On Monday, July 1st the Town of Shelburne celebrated Canada Day in Fiddle Park, hosting a vendor and food market, a Kids Fun zone, live entertainment by local artists and closing it off with their annual fireworks display.

The day’s celebrations kicked off with the opening ceremonies at 3:30 pm, setting a vibrant tone for an eventful day. From 3:00 to 8:00 pm families could venture through Fiddle Park exploring the vast range of activities. Kids could hop around in the bouncy castles, then go check out the Go With Crow fun zone filled with bubble soccer games, and a chance to enter the free Bicycle Draw. One local family attending highlighted how “kid-friendly this event is” appreciating the “spacious area for kids to run around.” For those seeking a more serene experience, and possibly trying something new, families can participate in a yoga class led by Lindsey from SOHAM Yoga, offering a refreshing break amongst the other activities.

Many had the opportunity to embark on an immersive VR adventure over at the Legaci VR tent, as well as explore one of Shelburne and District Fire Department’s fire trucks and watch some demonstrations like the rope rescue. While exploring these activities visitors could browse the local vendors and food market, grab a delicious bite to eat and see what businesses in the community have to offer. When asking a family in attendance, why they decided to come to this event today, they enthusiastically shared “We wanted to have fun celebrating Canada Day with the family.”

couple holding hands with their dogs on each side. dogs wearing canadian flags

“We wanted to have fun celebrating Canada Day with the family.”

As the evening progressed, many families gathered towards the pavilion with blankets and chairs to watch the live entertainment. There were dazzling dance performances by the Shelburne Bhangra Dancers, followed by musical performances by The Matlockes and Peter Cara, creating a lively atmosphere for all ages to engage in.

firework display

Overall, when asking people what they were most excited about at this event most answers were like this local attendee’s, “I’m looking forward to fireworks and being with the family.” As it began to get dark, more families arrived either sitting snuggled up in the trunk of their cars or sprawled out on a blanket in the grass. Everyone was ready to witness a spectacular display they had been waiting all day for, and it did not disappoint. As the fireworks show began, explosions of colour emulated the sky, families watching in awe. It was a “fantastic Canada Day celebration and fireworks display” a spectator commented. After a jam-packed day of food, fun and community celebration it was a perfect way to conclude another memorable Canada Day here in Dufferin County.