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Canada Day returns with food, fun, a big party – and the Cake Parade
The Canada Day cake in 2019, by Willow Cakes & Pastries. (File)

The Cake Parade, live entertainment, fireworks, history brought to life and lots of food – the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada have big plans for celebrating Canada Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake this year.

July 1 will include entertainment all day, food at Simcoe Park and the Fort George national historic site, musket firing, the Fife and Drum Corps and fireworks. And the Cake Parade.

The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in Simcoe Park, prepared and served by the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake followed by the Rotarians' annual Canada Day barbecue.

There will be live music and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 3 p.m. the annual Cake Parade will be led through town by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps.

It will head down Queen Street into Simcoe Park, where everyone can get a free piece of the commemorative cake.

Willow Cakes and Pastries has again donated the Canada Day cake again for 2022 and, as usual, the design will remain secret until the big day.

Fort George will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 .p.m on July 1 and admission is free all day. Among the activities, visitors can tour the buildings, meet with costumed interpreters and watch a musket demonstration.

Cold drinks and treats will be available from 2 to 4 p.m inside the fort and food trucks will be on-site starting at 4 p.m.

Evening entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with the kiddie militia and drill, followed by a presentation by the Fort George Infantry, and Fife and Drum Corps.

All money raised by the sale of food by the Friends of Fort George will help to support summer student employment programs at Fort George and Brock’s Monument.

On-stage will be “The Howling Horns,” an eight-piece horn band featuring music from blues to dance to classic rock.

At 10 p.m., a massive fireworks display will again close the evening. 

The events of the day and evening are all free thanks to support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Parks Canada, local businesses and individual supporters.

For more information on the Canada Day festivities, see the Friends of Fort George Canada Day event page at friendsoffortgeorge.ca/canada-day/index.html.