Canada Day Celebration
Goderich has a long tradition of amazing Canada Day celebrations that draw crowds from far and wide, including a giant fireworks display at the beach and a patriotic parade around The Square. Of course, a global pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into planning with crowds unable to gather.
Wanda Keith, Festivals and Special Events Co-ordinator for the Town of Goderich, has had to think outside the box to find a safe way to celebrate Canada Day. Instead of parades and fireworks, the town is inviting all residents to decorate their homes and be part of a “self-guided” tour of Goderich. As well as Canada-themed decorations and colours, everyone is encouraged to incorporate a teddy bear into their displays to be part of the “Canada Bear Hunt” so the public can see how many bears they can find throughout the town. “This activity will be like a ‘hug for Canada’ and a safe, enjoyable activity for everyone,” says Keith.
Tourism Goderich is creating a large mural featuring landmarks of Goderich as an interactive art project. The mural will consist of many smaller sections that residents have coloured and then it will be assembled in a prominent location, and included on the self-guided tour map.
The town is leaving the Canada Day-themed decorations on display for the entire month of July in the hopes that the residents will follow suit.
For more information and to find the self-guided tour map, visit the Goderich Tourism Information Centre at 91 Hamilton St, Goderich or online at www.goderich.ca