Canadians across the nation are celebrating Canada's 150 this year, and the Municipality of Chester plans to commemorate the heck out of our momentous milestone! Register your event with us and we will give you some swag to give away! Click on "Submit Your Event" and send us your community group's name, contact person, a description of your event and anticipated number of participants. In return, we will advertise your event on social media, in our newsletter, on our website, and submit it for recognition on the Government of Canada's website. Check back frequently as we will be posting special Canada 150 events here.
Not sure how to celebrate? You don't need to come up with a brand new idea...dedicate one of your existing events to commemorate our birthday! Some ideas are to:
|DATE||CANADA 150 EVENT DESCRIPTION|
|Thursday, June 29||Canada 150 Ecumenical Service at Lordly Park in Chester starting 6:30 pm featuring Praise Band and Special Music. Everyone Welcome.|
|Saturday, July 1||Breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 to 10:30 am. Enjoy eggs (any way you like them), French toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.|
|Saturday, July 1||Country Breakfast at the Chester Basin Fire Hall from 7:30 to 10:30 am. Enjoy bacon, sausage, baked beans, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, tea/coffee. Cost $7. Take-out available.|
|Saturday, July 1||Canada Day Walk at the Western Shore Legion starting 9:00 am then return to the Legion for some refreshments and a garden party.|
|Saturday, July 1||Pavilion Opening at the Hubbards Barn & Community Park, #57 Hwy 3, starting 10:00 am. Please join us to open our new pavilion as our Canada 150 Legacy project. We’ll hear how the project came to be, cut the ribbon, and have a chance to thank those who make the Hubbards Barn & Community Park what it is. There will be music, strawberries and biscuits. See you there!|
|Saturday, July 1||Special Canada Day Bingo at the Chester Legion. For more info call 902-275-3315.|
|Saturday, July 1||Come Celebrate our 60th Anniversary and Canada 150 with a BBQ, Cake & Fireworks at the Western Shore & District Volunteer Fire Department starting 7:00 pm. To finish the day, we will have a professional Fireworks display starting around 10:00 pm. Everyone welcome to attend.|
|Saturday, July 1||21st Annual Canada Day Chicken BBQ at the Western Shore & Area Improvement Association Hall, 6485 Hwy 3, Western Shore from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Enjoy ½ chicken dinner with choice of baked potato, potato salad or tossed salad, coleslaw, roll, coffee/tea/punch and delicious dessert. Cost $12. All proceeds used to support Wild Rose Park.|
|Saturday,July 1||New Ross Legion invites you to the Party! Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with us. Opening Ceremony 2:00 pm and BBQ starts 2:00 pm with burgers, hot dogs, pop. The bar will be open. Entertainment Stage with Live Music 2:15 to 10:00 pm with Rickey Naugler, Broken Circuit and the Midtown Blues Band. There will be Children’s Games. Pig Roast with salads starts 4:30 pm. At dusk will be a spectacular Fire Works Show. Sponsored in part by Heritage Canada 150, Municipality of Chester and local Community Partners and people of New Ross.|
|Saturday, July 1||Chester Harbour Parade of Lights & the Village of Chester Fireworks Celebrating Canada’s 150th will start at 9:00 pm with the Parade of Lights Sail Past followed by Fireworks at 10:00 pm. Raindate: Sunday, July 2. Celebrate Chester’s maritime heritage on Canada Day 150 along the shores of Chester’s Front Harbour. Experience the Parade of Lights Sail Past flotilla of local boats festooned with lights and live entertainment! For more info or to enter your boat in the Parade of Lights, contact David Archibald 902-275-3747.|
|Tuesday, July 4||Pig Roast at Lordly Park in conjunction with Picnic in the Park from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Join us for the first Picnic in the Park and a Pig Roast *(Chester United Baptist Church, 84 King Street, in case of rain)*. Tickets $15 cash or cheque – a limited of 75 will be sold and available at Maple Cottage, 75 Regent Street from Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more info or to purchase tickets, call 902-275-3842. Our sponsors: B.W. Armstrong Insurance, Fo’c’sle Tavern, Chester Building Supplies, Hawboldt Industries, Tradewinds Realty, Chester Auto and Cameron’s Fine Art.|
|Sunday, July 9||Chester Playhouse Family Fun Day at the Captain's House, Chester from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.|
|Saturday, July 15||The “FINAL” Little Red School Day and we will be Celebrating Canaan’s 200th Birthday and Canada’s 150th Birthday at the Canaan & District Hall Association from 11:00 am to dusk. Chinese Auction 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Giant Flea Market 11:00 am till dusk, Live Entertainment 2:00 pm, Cold Plate Supper 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Adults $10, Children 5-12 yrs. $5 and under 5 years are free. There will also be burgers, fries, bake table, color wheel, canteen and 50/50 and raffle draws. Come have some fun. Rain or shine.|
|Saturday, July 22||Celebrate Confederation by joining Mrs. Lordly for tea at the Lordly House Museum starting 2:30 pm. Finger sandwiches and sweets - $5 per person.|
|Thursday, July 27||Chester Garden Club Flower Show & Tea Celebrating Canada 150 at the Chester Legion from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Exhibits & Tea: Adults $7 and Children (16 & under) $3. Exhibits only: Adults $4 and Children are free with an adult. For more info visit: www.chestergardenclub.wordpress.com.|
|Saturday, July 29||
This summer the Heritage Society is celebrating the 150th year of Canadian Confederation with 150 years of food. Picnic With Sir John A., Canada's first prime minister. Our proposed Bill of Fare Smoked trout Appetizer Julien’s fresh Baguette OR Choice of: grilled beef fillet MacDonald with horseradish cream or Riesling poached salmon with herb vinaigrette; Three salads, Chocolate Mousse and something maple. Basket costs and donations: Governor General basket for two $500; Prime Minister basket for two $250; Senator basket for two $125; Member of Parliament basket for one $75. Pre-ordering is necessary to ensure you receive the menu you want for your picnic. Baskets will be delivered within the area. Pick-up will be at the Masonic Hall on Queen Street in Chester. Contact Carol at 902-275-3826 or 902-275-3842.
|Saturday, August 12||Annual Garden Party & Street Parade at the Western Shore Fire Department. Punt Race registration starts 9:00 am. Race starts 10:00 am. There is a Fire Apparatus Show & Shine from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Parade starts 2:00 pm. Supper starts 3:00. Garden Party beings 6:00 pm and then followed by Fireworks.|
|Friday, August 18||
|Saturday, August 19||High Tea with Mrs. Lordly at the Lordly House Museum starting 2:30 pm. Finger sandwiches and sweets - $5 per person.|
|Saturday, August 26||Canada 150 Dance & BBQ at the District #1 Community Centre, Blandford starting 3:00 pm.|
|Friday, September 22||Murder Mystery Night & Roast Beef Dinner at the Hubbards Area Lions Club. For more info call the Club at 902-857-9845.|
Funding and promotional items are available to community groups who are having a special event for Canada 150. Please click here to download the grant application form . Click here to request promotional items.
Visit www.canada.ca for loads of information on special events and opportunities nationwide, such as "This Day in Canadian History...", free passes to National Parks, and access to the Passport 2017 app.