Celebrating Our Nation, the Uxbridge Way

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This year, Canada is coming together to celebrate it’s 150th year of confederation. In Uxbridge, that means ceremony, festivity, education, and a diversity of unique experiences to mark the occasion.

Kick-off the summer with a Canadiana concert on Friday, June 30 at the award-winning venue the Thomas Foster Memorial. This concert will feature Aboriginal, French, British Isles, and Celtic music. Admission is by donation.

Saturday, July 1 – Canada Day – this small town will make a big splash with the Heritage Parade from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, where you can re-live 150 years of history through classic cars, horse carriages, music, costumes, and military equipment including a Sherman Tank! The celebration continues into the evening  at Elgin Park with a party for all ages – from food and beer, to mini-train rides, animals exhibits, fire tucks, live music (featuring Leah Daniels), and of course… fireworks!

Keep the fun rolling on Sunday, July 2 with the Canada 150 Celebration Train Ride, a heritage train ride through the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine. Just across the road is the Uxbridge Farmer’s Market, where you can stop to enjoy Canadian produce, food, and craft vendors.

From July 1 to September 30, visit the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Exhibit at the Uxbridge Historical Centre and explore what Uxbridge was like 150 years ago and how it has changed sine Confederation.

The Uxbridge Fall Fair, from September 8 to 10, pairs a special theme of Made in Canada, eh?  with fair classics including the midway, tractor pulls, demolition derby action, livestock shows and exhibits galore. Add the delicious and indulgent food options from local vendors and it’s easy to understand why the this fair is well-loved by visitors from far and wide.

October 20 to 22 the Leaskdale Manse (former home of Lucy Maud Montgomery) is hosting an international literary conference that blends Montgomery’s love of country and patriotism with a special celebration of Canada’s birthday.

Combine these events with the 330km of trails, boutique shops, and farm-to-table dining in the beautiful countryside, and you’ve got the recipe for a uniquely Canadian day-trip or weekend away with family and friends.

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