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(Posted 6:30 a.m., June 25)
Local Canada Day celebrations fill void left by Petrie Island departure
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Greater Orléans Canada Celebration maybe no more, but a handful of local parties will do their best to fill the void, starting with a 10-year-old celebrartion in the east end community of Vars.

Located just 20 minutes to the south east of Orléans, Vars has been celebrating Canada's birthday since 2006 with a combination of children's activities and family entertainment capped by a magnificent fireworks display.

The celebration takes place in two different locations. The children's activities will be held in Alcide Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with a BBQ and other food concessions.

The fun will shift to a field at the corner of Divine and Sand Roads at 4 p.m. where a series of bands including Road House will provide the musical entertainment leading up to the fireworks shortly after 10 p.m. A cash bar and food concessions will also be available on site.

To get to Vars from Orléans, take Innes Road east to Frank Kenny Road and then drive south until you hit Divine Road. Turn left and it will take you into Vars. Turn right if you want to go to Sands Road.

Further to the west, the Blackburn Community Association will be hosting a community Canada Day celebration with children activities starting at 7 p.m. at the Blackburn Community Hall on Glen Park Drive followed by fireworks.

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum in Cumberland Village has a number of activities planned for today as well with the focus on family entertainment.

And while there won't be a major celebration on Petrie Island this year, the folks at the Bananas Grill & Rum Shack next to the lifeguard building plans to have entertainment all day and into the evening with some of the best DJs in the east end.

Further afield, Clarence-Rockland will once again be holding their annual Canada Day celebration in Du Moulin Park. Things kick off with a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon followed by the opening ceremonies.

The Rockland Community Band will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 1;30 p.m., while childen can play on the inflatable rides and have their faces painted from noon to 5 p.m.

Live entertainment will also be provided from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring the Junkyard Symphony, Héloise Yelle, and the Roak Junkies, followed by the fireworks display.

The weatherman is calling for sunny skies in the earliy part of the day before things begin clouding over after noon.


The 18-year-old Chartrand was parked by the curb when the accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. She was treated for a brain contusion and is expected to make a full recovery after a period of rehabilitation.

Camille’s mother Amélie is also back at work at her furniture and craft store in Blackburn Hamlet after standing vigil at her daughter’s bedside along with Camille's father Patrick and her younger sister Melodie.

Tanner Paine, 23, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, driving with more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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