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Saturday, July 13, 2024
PHOTO GALLERY: Canada Day fun and celebrations all across NOTL
Hundreds came out to celebrate the nation's birthday in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Monday. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa handed out Canada pins and flags along the parade route. JULIA SACCO
Hailing from Fort George, members of the Fife Drums and Corps led the way for the Cake Parade. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Confectionary galore, Willow Cakes and Pastries' float for the Cake Parade was something straight out of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory, complete with Oompa Loompas. RICHARD HARLEY
NOTL's very own Willow Wonka, a.k.a. chocolatier Catherine O'Donnell, helped make Canada Day sweet for everyone at Simcoe Park with her bakery's special cake. RICHARD HARLEY
Folks were all smiles at Simcoe Park as they waited in line for a slice of cake from Willow Cakes and Pastries. RICHARD HARLEY
Tomas Nolan, right, dives right into the Canada Day cake at Simcoe Park on Monday, alongside friends Lucas Pillitteri (left) and Eric Warren. The three friends were some of the first to get a slice of this year’s cake, which was inspired by Willy Wonka. RICHARD HARLEY
MPP Wayne Gates got to meet Willow Wonka, a.k.a. chocolatier Catherine O'Donnell, at Simcoe Park. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
The seemingly infinite Canada Day cake fed the hude crowd at Queen's Royal Park. JULIA SACCO
Liz Redikop from Queenston showed off a Chevy '31 Roadster during the Canada Day car show. JULIA SACCO
Canada Day at Fort George had special programming including a demonstration for kids led by John MacBrien. JULIA SACCO
Crowds gathered for canon firing at Fort George. JULIA SACCO
A dazzling display of red and white fireworks at Fort George. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
The Canada Day fireworks at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. FRANK HAYES
More fireworks at Ravine Vineyard Estates Winery lit up the sky on Canada Day. FRANK HAYES

Niagara-on-the-Lake was the place to be this Canada Day weekend, with the streets of Old Town filled to the brim for all the holiday festivities. 

This year’s Canada Day cake parade featured a “Willow Wonka” themed cake from Willow Cakes and Pastries, led down Queen Street by the Fort George Fife and Drum Corps.

Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa along with councillors Wendy Cheropita, Erwin Wiens and Gary Burroughs walked the parade route and helped divvy out the cake at Simcoe Park. 

Dorothy Soo-Wiens walked the parade route and helped serve cake to the hundreds of people waiting for a slice. 

Soo-Wiens said it was fabulous to celebrate Canada Day with NOTLers and visitors — and seeing how many people came out to enjoy the festivities.

“I cut four and a half trays of cake,” she said, laughing. 

Soo-Wiens added that she felt an immense amount of pride the entire day.

“I’m so proud to be a Canadian, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” she said.

When crowds started to part way from Simcoe Park, more fun was to be had at Fort George, which offered free admission for Canada Day.

Demonstrations and food for purchase started at 6:30 p.m. and the fort celebrated with fireworks at 10 p.m.

If that wasn’t quite your speed, Legion Branch 124 welcomed guests with food, fun and music until 8 p.m., with live music from the PubDaddy Blues Band.


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