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null Celebrate Canada Day at Kingston's parks

June 19, 2013 -

Municipal offices closed Monday, transit to run on Sunday service

Kingston's Canada Day celebrations are scheduled for Confederation Park and Grass Creek Park on Monday, July 1.

"As Canada's First Capital and home to Canada's first Prime Minister, Canada Day is a time to celebrate Kingston's rich history and its role in the founding of our nation," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. 

(A list of holiday Monday closures follows below)

Here's what is going on Canada Day:

  • Red & White Parade: Anyone wearing Canadian red and white is welcome to join this parade which departs from the Metro parking lot (at Barrie and Princess Streets) at 11:30 a.m. and runs down Princess Street toward City Hall. 
  • Opening of Princess Street: When the Red & White Parade gets to the intersection of Princess and Bagot Streets, Mayor Mark Gerretsen will cut the ribbon to officially reopen the newly reconstructed section of this historic street.

Confederation Park

Directly across from City Hall, 216 Ontario St., Confederation Park will host downtown Canada Day festivities and offer live music all afternoon. Plan to also enjoy these events:

  • Limestone Mile: Races start at 9 a.m.
  • Civic Ceremony and Mayor's Awards: At 12 p.m. on the steps of City Hall Mayor Mark Gerretsen will preside over a civic ceremony to mark Canada Day and will congratulate the winners of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen, Honourable Achievement Awards and the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism winners.
  • Rededication of Engine 1095, ‘The Spirit of Sir John A.': At 1 p.m. this event honours the outstanding community support that has made possible the restoration of this important local landmark and link to Kingston's industrial past, and will feature Mayor Mark Gerretsen, representatives from Local 221, the Engine 1095 Volunteer Restoration Group and a special reading by Kingston's own Poet Laureate Eric Folsom.
  • Fireworks: The show starts at 10 p.m. Confederation Basin offers the best view.

Grass Creek Park

Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 East, is offering FREE music, face-painting, air castles, games, beach volleyball and lots of other fun for kids from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. Bring a swimsuit to try the sandy beach or compete in the sand castle competition. Plan to also take in these opportunities:

  • Visit the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and experience the kick-off of the Museum's first-ever artist residency.  On Canada Day, Kingston artist Shayne Dark will recreate his piece ‘Red Tide' on the Museum lawn that begins his six week residency during which time he will create a series of new works in wood to be displayed in and around the Museum.
  • Bring a lawn chair and a sunhat to enjoy Grass Creek Park's family-oriented live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – including Mystic Drumz, Rob Driscoll's Wild and Wacky Magic Show, Rob Carnegie, Kelli Trottier and Hey Kids!
  • At 5:30 p.m. festivities wrap-up with a Canada Day Ceremony – and cutting of the cake. 

Monday Holiday Closures

Kingston Transit: All buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Monday. Plan your bus trip using the Trip Planner at www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner.

Garbage, Green Bin and recycling: No collection on Monday and collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day for the rest of the week.  Residents are reminded that the City is synchronizing its waste collection schedule starting July 8; collection days will be changing for some residents. Details on this change are available at www.CityofKingston.ca/collection. Residents can also go there to sign-up for reminders of what to put out when by phone, email or text message.

Administrative Offices: All administrative offices, including social services, housing, provincial offences and Utilities Kingston are closed Monday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston (24-hours) at 613-546-1181.

Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Monday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east should call 1-800-434-1235.)

  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Beechgrove Complex Recreational Facility: Closed Monday
  • SCOTT Aqua Park: Open.
  • Splash Pads and Wading Pools: Splash Pads and wading pools are open on Monday.  McBurney and Victoria Park wading pools open for the season on July 1. 
  • INVISTA Centre: Closed Monday.
  • INVISTA Centre Fitness & Wellness Centre: Closed Monday.
  • CaraCo Home Field: Closed Monday.
  • Arenas: Closed Monday.
  • Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will be closed.
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour: The marina office and fueling stations are open. 
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Monday.
  • Oakwood Day Care: Closed Monday.

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds residents to follow the fireworks safety guidelines at: www.CityofKingston.ca/fire


Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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