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    The Petawawa Legion Community Band entertained the crowd at the Canada Day opening ceremonies. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet extends his salutations. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe had nothing but good things to say about the town and its residents. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The line for the bouncy castles went several people deep as children of all ages waited for a turn. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Emberly Froment enjoyed some Canada Day festivities. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Firefighter Brodie Macdonald had a blast spraying children with water. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Though they may have been too small to go into the giant bubble balls, Evelynn Froment and Olivia Deschambault had fun watching them go by. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Julia Evans wears the Canadian flag with pride. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Maggie Goss and her daughter Maddie enjoy the sunny warm weather. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Young Viktor Collins rides a bouncy horse, attempting to race it against other kids. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    PSP-provided Fireworks ended the day with a bang. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Town of Petawawa celebrates Canada Day 2019

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday October 3, 2019


The move from Centennial Park didn’t put a damper on the Canada Day celebrations in Petawawa.

Traditionally the July 1 event is held in the park but due to damage cause by spring flooding, it was moved to the Petawawa Civic Centre. This decision was well received by residents as they came out in droves to enjoy the free festivities.

“I think we are going to have a wonderful time here,” said Mayor Bob Sweet.

Though some of the activities were altered to fit the new location, the old favourites were still there including bouncy castles, games, petting zoos, a free BBQ, live entertainment, a slip and slide organized by the Petawawa Fire Department and fireworks at Garrison Petawawa.

At the event’s opening ceremonies, Sweet recapped some of the year’s events, namely the hard work the military, emergency services and local volunteers did to minimize and alleviate local flood damage.

“We went through some pretty difficult times here with the Petawawa and Ottawa River, and I want to extend my thank you to the men and women at Garrison Petawawa who came out and helped us immensely with the sandbags and helping with our volunteers,” said Sweet. “I think that speaks legions of the type of community we have.”

Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel (Col) Louis Lapointe in return thanked the town for being resilient despite the challenges. He was glad to see that they continued with the Canada Day event as he viewed it as an important time for military families to get to know the town better.

“Those coming to Petawawa, you can find a fantastic, vigorous, active community to live in,” said Col Lapointe. “It’s a fantastic place where your family can grow and develop and have lots of activities.”