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Fort George celebrates Canada Day – virtually
Fort George's Canada Day celebrations will be online this year. (File)

Canada Day will be celebrated virtually by the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada with a full slate of events this year,

“You are cordially invited to join us on Canada Day for special messages and programs to help the community celebrate at home,”  executive director Amanda Gamble said in an announcement.

There will be programs all day on the Friends' website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. Events include a history of the Fort George national historic site, fife and drum demonstrations, the singing of O Canada, Kiddie Militia program and pre-recorded messages from dignitaries. 

“We are excited to be working with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, who will be reading some Canadian-themed books for a special story time, and with Quantum Kyle from MadScience Niagara, who will be hosting a live program on Canada Day,” said Gamble. 

“This year, we also wanted to incorporate Canada’s early history into the virtual program. Throughout the day we will be sharing a few videos from the Greater Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map project to highlight Niagara’s 13,000-year history.”

Canada Day virtual schedule

8 a.m. – Welcome from Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George
9 a.m. – The Greater Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map: Indian Council House 
10 a.m.  – The History of Fort George
11 a.m. – Story Time with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Noon – Messages from dignitaries
1 p.m. – Mad science with Quantum Kyle (advance registration required)
2 p.m. - Colouring pages from Zig Misiak, award-winning Canadian author
3 p.m. – 41st Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps Presentation
4 p.m. - Mini Militia program
5 p.m. – The Greater Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map: The Landscape of Nations 
6 p.m. – Singing of O Canada
7 p.m. – Music from More Bad News and the Horns from Hell

Follow along for free online on friendsoffortgeorge.ca, Facebook, Twitter: @fofg or Instagram: friendsoffortgeorge.

There will also be photos, children’s activities, and more shared throughout the day. The Friends of Fort George have also created the hashtag #CanadaDayNOTL for everyone to share their Canada Day celebrations.

To register for the MadScience program, visit https://www.engaginglearning.ca/shows/friends-canada-day

Don’t forget to grab your Canada Day packages to help you celebrate at home. Each package includes cupcakes from Willow Cakes and Pastries, Canadian flags, pins, kettle corn, glow sticks, balloons, bubbles, children’s activities and more.

Order yours online at https://friendsoffortgeorge.square.site

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