Heritage Village will celebrate the Dominion of Canada from August 11-13

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017

No need for a time machine with the Petawawa Heritage Village’s upcoming three-day festival.

The Canada 150 “Celebrating of the Dominion of Canada Through Trades & Skills” is the ultimate event for history lovers of all ages. Held on Aug 11 to 13, it recreates how the area’s citizens would have enjoyed the news of the nations confederation a century and a half ago.

The free event invites trappers, knife and tomahawk throwers, ironmongers, chainsaw carvers, blacksmiths, prospectors, apothecaries, loggers, spinners, weavers, bakers and more to demonstrate their skills. There will also be live entertainment, artisans plying their wares, a petting zoo, face painting, children’s games as well as the opportunity to try your hand at some chores. It will also be a chance for visitors to get a chance to look at the new church as well as take a peek at the town’s tartan as it is weaved.

“We’ve got a lot going on,” said Petawawa Heritage Society/Village President Ann McIntyre. “You wouldn’t believe what we are having,” she added, noting a $16,300 federal grant helped make the event bigger and better than originally planned.

Organizers will also give away some Canada 150 anniversary-themed souvenirs.

As it is the nation’s sesquicentennial, the Village wanted to throw the biggest party of the year, highlighting this significant milestone in Canada’s history."We couldn’t let it go by,” said McIntyre.

It will be a truly unique event, she said. “It is just something different, something fun,” said McIntyre.

There will be no official opening ceremony, and the event will be held on Friday from noon to 4 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. It is free to all, but donations are welcome. “Bring your family, have fun and try this stuff out,” said McIntyre.