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Review of Canada Day 2019

What a day!  Breakfast, bicycle parade, fun at the beach and music & fireworks in the evening.  And lots to eat and fun at each event!

We also announced the name chosen from the community wide submissions to name the “big red dog”, donated to Lockwood Memorial Park.  Dr. A.L. (Ambrose Lorne) Lockwood was born March 30th, 1888 in Westport, Ontario. He attended Westport Public School, Athens High School and went on to McGill University for medical training.  In 1914 he enlisted on the front lines of the surgical medical unit and was a pioneer in thoracic surgery. He received the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross for his service in WW1. He has been recognized for his international reputation for contributions to surgical technique and published literature.

In 1987, Dr. A.L. Lockwood’s nephew Hiram “Buster” Lockwood, Director of Lockwood Foundation, approached the village to revitalize the park in 1987.  The baseball diamond was created at the time and funded by the Foundation.  This is the same foundation that gave a $100,000 grant to the Village in 2015 to add many of the new features including the basketball court and walking path.  When several of the submissions to name the “red dog” were “Buster”, the panel felt this was another way of recognizing the commitment that the Lockwood family has made to the Village of Westport.  So, say hello to “Buster” when you pass him in the park.

Thank you to all of the groups of volunteers who worked together to provide a Canada Day where everyone could show their pride.  Enjoy the summer!


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Canada Day events include announcing “red dog’s” name


Monday, July 1st begins early with breakfast being served from 8:00 – 10:30 on Spring St by the Information Centre.  $5 meal deal and proceeds go to supporting community events.  Next we move to Lockwood Park, where we kick off the official part of the celebration.  The Colour Party of Branch 542 – Royal Canadian Legion will join us at the Cenotaph for the National Anthem and the raising of the Canadian flag.   Before we form up for the Canada Day parade, the winning name from the “Name the Red Dog” contest will be named.  Can you guess what it is???

Everyone is invited to join in the parade – grands, moms, dads, kids of all ages, dogs – well you get it!  Let’s walk together with Canadian Pride!

The parade route this year is down George St to Bedford, right on Bedford to Church St, right on Spring St to the community centre/fire hall.  The members of the Legion and the Westport fire fighters will meet the boys and girls after the parade.

The afternoon at the Lion’s Club Beach will be fun for the whole family with lots planned.  And then this great national holiday ends at Rideau Vista Public School for fireworks.

Thank you to every volunteer who has been part of planning our July 1st celebration.  It is exciting to see what can be done when we work together.

One of Canada’s most memorable advertising campaigns, the Molson Beer TV  I Am Canadian Rant by an “average Joe” spawned an outward expression of Canadian pride. The commercial poked fun at inaccurate Canadian stereotypes while assertively representing the Canadian pride that many Canadians humbly carry.

So here, on this Canada Day week-end of 2019, let’s be reminded about our ability to poke fun at ourselves while at the same time knowing we live in the greatest country on earth.

Happy Canada Day everyone!


Hey, I’m not a lumberjack, or a fur trader….
I don’t live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled….
and I don’t know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I’m certain they’re really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it ‘about’, not ‘a boot’.

I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced ‘zed’ not ‘zee’, ‘zed’ !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!


Canada Day ’19 – July 1st in Westport

Plans have changed a bit this year to give you a better flow to the day.  The morning will kick off with a Canada 1st BBQ, hosted by Project 19.  You will find them on Spring St by the Visitor Centre from 8:00 – 10:30.  Meal deal is $5 and all proceeds go to Project 19 community projects.  Their poster is below.

The Canada Day parade will kick off at 11:00 from the George St entrance of Lockwood Memorial Park.  Kids get your bikes decorated in red and white to celebrate Canada Day. This is a day when we march, walk, stroll with each other, feeling the pride we have in the Village and our Country.  All ages, residents, cottagers and visitors, are invited and I hope to see many of you dressed in red and white!  The parade will end at the Community Centre and Fire Hall on Spring St after taking a tour through the downtown.

The beach is your next destination and you can enjoy the water and sand all afternoon.  Fireworks at Rideau Vista in the evening will end another memorable July 1st celebration.

Each event is the result of community members planning for community members.  Thank you to everyone involved in making July 1st a proud Canadian celebration.