By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
If you are looking to make plans on Canada’s birthday, look no further than Lakeview Park.
On July 1, Oshawa is hosting its annual Canada Day celebration right beside Lake Ontario, complete with bands, family activities and much more.
Kicking off at 2 p.m., a lineup of bands – many from around Durham Region – are set to take the stage including The Heat, country artist and Orono native Stacey Bannon, Eric Lambier, Oshawa’s own The Doozies and several more.
For the families, the Kid’s Zone offers entertainment and fun for any age, especially the animal lovers with Jungle Cat World, President’s Choice Super Dogs and Zoo to You.
Jumping castles, a magician, beach volleyball, face painting and acts on the community stage will also be ongoing throughout the day.
New attractions on the beach this year include an interactive sand castle building experience, and a family friendly wrestling demonstration performed by Pro Wrestling Eclipse.
“Another year has come and gone and we are getting ready again to celebrate Canada’s birthday with a great event at Lakeview Park,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, chair of the city’s community services committee.
“We again thank our presenting sponsor the Auto Workers Community Credit Union, our partners, and of course City staff for making this an amazing day of family fun topped off by a magnificent fireworks display.”
The official opening ceremonies are slated for 4:30 p.m.
“Canada Day in Oshawa is amazing. It’s one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in the country.” says Mayor John Henry.
“I just say come on down, enjoy the day (and) celebrate Canada’s birthday.”
While entrance to the celebration is free, a small fee may apply for some activities.
The city is also encouraging residents to think green this Canada Day, and will be offering a free shuttle service from the Oshawa Centre starting at 1 p.m. running every 15 minutes until 11 p.m.
A free bike corral near the Lakeview West ball diamonds will also offer a safe spot for cyclists to lock up their rides.
To culminate the night, a fireworks display is set to start at approximately 10 p.m.