Canada Day in Timmins is all lined up and set to go, with programming filling 14 hours of our country’s 152nd birthday.

The free event runs from 11:00am Monday, July 1st at the Mountjoy Historical Conservation Park – also known as Participark – until 1:00am the next day.

Timmins tourism manager Guy Lamarche isn’t worried about the weather.

“We have a direct line to Mother Nature,” he says. “We’re also very religious in promoting the prayer bead on the clothes line the day before. It seems to work in our favour.  It’s worked thus far.  We’ve had – touch wood – some good Canada Day weather as well as good weather for the Kayak Challenge.”

Fireworks have been confirmed for both Canada Day and the Kayak Challenge, the weekend of August 24th.

Paul Woodward. (Bob McIntyre, staff)

Paul Woodward of The Bucket Shop put together what he calls a consortium of sponsors to finance the pyrotechnic displays.

At a news conference announcing Canada Day plans, city councillor John Curley mentioned that a great vantage point to watch fireworks will be available.

“Algonquin will be closed during the fireworks especially so there’ll be lots of opportunity to stand on the bridge and view the fireworks.  It’s a beautiful spot to view it and you’ve always got to keep safety in mind.”

Details on a shuttle service to get you to and from the park will be announced soon.

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