Chris' Corner: Hope you all had a great Canada Day!

Hope you all had a great Canada Day!

Canada's 144th Birthday is almost over in the Eastern Time Zone!
... my friend David Ford, who now lives in B.C. reminded me that they still have a few hours to go and their fireworks displays will start in a while, but ours are over for another year.

For us, the events of this evening all started last year...

We happened upon the Adjala-Tosorontio evening festivities late last year, arrived just after nine pm, and found a nice place to set up our lawn chairs and enjoy.

Two days later, my parents couldn't understand why Alec was disappointed with the fireworks display we had on our front lawn on his birthday.

My parents and my brother and his son came over to our home early this evening and shared a meal.  Alec played some WII games with his cousin while the rest of us shared stories.  A little after 8:00 pm we decided to make our way to the municipal grounds, less than ten minutes away. 

We parked on the grounds, made a donation to the fireworks fund and received coupons for hot dogs and drinks. 
Our Vantage Point
We set up our lawn chairs on a slight rise, with a great view of the fireworks sight and proceeded our different ways.  There was a band playing some great music (they did an awesome rendition of Frank's "My Way" among others), there was a display of cars from the 1930's to the 1970's and a Chrysler Prowler. 

Cars on display

There were some very good model airplanes on display.  After he ate his hot dog, Alec talked Helen into taking him to the children's playground.  He was not interested in the Bouncy Castle nor the free face painting.  Nathaniel went for a walk with his dad (my brother). 

I heard someone shout my name, looked over and saw a couple who we have become friends with.  Paul and Susie's son Noah plays with Alec on the same soccer team and I had mentioned to them to come up, that it was a decent show and fun for the kids.  They have bought a home on acreage just outside of Hockley Valley and are in the process of moving there from Toronto.  Over the few weeks that I have known Paul, I have offered him advice and recommended a few service providers to them.  I met their friend Shawn (could be Sean?) and introduced them to my family.  Alec was happy to see  Noah and his younger brother Elijah and the three of them played non-stop until the sun set. Alec, Noah and Elijah, accompanied by Helen and Shawn, went over to the Firefighters display and Alec and Noah were able to don firesuits and spray the fire hose... Now I really appreciate the bravery of our local firefighters.

firefighters displays
We were all so relaxed,the conversation came easy and the time flew.  Once in a while our attention would drift when we look to see where our children were.  There was a wide range of people, some older, some younger, but mostly many families and lots of children of all ages.

...As the darkness fell, you could feel the level of anticipation rising, for most of us were here, mainly for the fireworks...

... And then it started...

... and it continued non-stop...

... and finally it ended!

The display was probably slightly more than fifteen minutes of non-stop fireworks.  And if you have chosen to view any of what I captured, you would probably agree, a very nice display put on by a small rural community very proud to be Canadian.

It took about fifteen minutes to leave the parking lot, we waited until the lines were thinning before we started our car and could see fireworks displays on the horizon on our way home.

There will be peace and quiet at the Smith household tonight as we all sleep soundly... some of us hoping that one young man actually sleeps in tomorrow morning ;-)

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Comment balloon 13 commentsChris Smith • July 02 2011 12:26AM


Gosh, no I didn't get to celebrate Canada Day. Sorry to have missed all the festivities.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Sounds like a good time was had by all.  thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 9 years ago

I never knew about Canada Day because this is the first year I've had any AR Friends from Canada.  Emily Reed first told me about this today.  So Happy Canada Day to all my new AR Friends and all the good people of Canada.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris - You had a wonderful Canada Day.  My day was relaxing and I watched part of the festivities on Parliament Hill.  Did you know that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived a few minutes early by carriage?  This caused the CF-18 flypass and the Snowbirds show to be a bit out of synch with the festivities since everything is supposed to be timed to the minute.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

Mike, our countries will be overlapping our birthday celebrations as we share the same weekend.  Good enough reason for a party...

Ronald, it was perfect weather for the festivities.  Wishing you an early Happy Fourth of July.

I have many friends across eastern and midwestern U.S.  Thanks to AR, I now know people all across the U.S. and know that with the 2nd and the 3rd being on the weekend, both our countries are celebrating the whole weekend long.  Happy 4th of July to you.

Marc, I recorded the ball game and watched the Canada day celebration with Rick Hansen throwing out the first pitch and the tribute to Roy Halliday.  I should have taped the Ottawa party.  Any plans for the rest of the weekend?


Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris, Thanks for sharing, looks like a great and fun time.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 9 years ago

Sounds like your Canada Day was as perfect as it gets Chris! Good food, good friends, good time and a good sleep at the end!! ;) 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

Thanks for sharing your Canada Day celebration with us all, great story and love the video, excellent job.

Have a Pfanntastic Week

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC over 9 years ago


That celebration certainly worked out well. By the way, I wish I had a "Prowler" just for the summers.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Chris, I did have a very relaxing Canada Day, and I just turned my computer on again this morning. Back to work *sigh*.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Hello Will, Happy 4th of July

Al and Peggy, Good weekend overall, sprinkled in with some work parts of Saturday and Sunday... would be nice to have 4th of July off, wouldn't it?

Brian, I liked the prowler when it first came out... I think it was the first modern retro car that reallly captivated me, even now so many years later...

Malcolm, you needed it, now we can get back to work in earnest.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

It’s a major holiday here in South Canada, so I’m making an attempt to set a new record for comments in one day. Hope you have lots of fun and food with family and friends today!

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by Not a real person over 9 years ago

Chris - that was a very colourful and bright display of fireworks for Canada Day ..... we were up at our little hideaway for the weekend so only saw the local display  ..... we did not go into town for the big one

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 9 years ago