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by Brad Aubin
Over 600 people celebrated Canada Day at the Sturgeon River House Museum on Sunday, July 1. Families from across West Nipissing cooled off by the river as the little ones participated in a variety of games and activities. The water features, from kiddie pools to a slip and slide, were particularly popular in the scorching heat that rose above the mid-30s with the humidity factored in.
“I think 600 is even a little low as we couldn’t count absolutely everyone,” boasts Renée-Anne Paquette, Coordinator of Community Services for the municipality of West Nipissing. “The weather really held up for us and it was amazing. It was the first time in three years that we didn’t get rained out. I think people didn’t stay as long as they normally would because the weather was so warm... but while they were here they sure had a blast!”
The event was completely free and residents took full advantage of the free fishing, yard Yahtzee, ring toss, twister, water games, arts and crafts, and of course the opportunity to look over the museum’s treasures.
“We also had the MNR come out with a truck and an animal display, which the kids just loved! We are very happy with the turnout and the opportunity to celebrate Canada Day with our fellow residents,” beams Paquette. “The new mandate at the museum is to make sure that everyone is welcome and to track our numbers. This was a good way to have an open house to so many people, and show them all the cool stuff we’re doing this summer. Lots of families told us they would be back for our many upcoming events. We’re more than just a museum here and we’re really looking forward to rolling out new summer events!”
M.P.P John Vanthof and M.P Marc Serré were also on site celebrating in West Nipissing. Both took advantage of the beautiful summer weather to chat with residents and enjoy the day’s festivities.
On site was also spray paint artist “Akkadian” who did a live art demonstration and even donated a piece to the museum.
“It was a huge success hands down and we couldn’t be happier!” concludes Paquette.
The celebration wrapped up in spectacular fashion in the evening, with fireworks at the Sturgeon Falls beach.
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