When doing yard work and planting this coming long weekend,you might want to consider a Canadian theme.

The most patriotic yard in Timmins will be up for a prize, as the city’s celebration of Canada Day moves online.

Tourism Timmins festivals coordinator Marnie Lapierre says it’s the responsible thing to do, with the anticipation that large crowds still won’t be allowed on July 1st.

Things like dignitaries offering good wishes will be streamed.  Lapierre says so will musical performances, by entertainers who are being hurt financially by so many cancellations.

“So we’re going to be working with them to have, if it is within their capability, a performance of some kind, most likely prerecorded,” she states.

“We are looking at doing something that will be the community involved, excited and feeling that they’re still doing something for Canada.”

Unfortunately, the highlight that caps off every Canada Day – fireworks over the Mattagami River – has been snuffed out for this year.

The line-up is a work in progress.  You can follow it as segments are added, on the Timmins Celebrates Canada Day Facebook page, and on the Tourism Timmins website.