Just -112 days until Canada Day in Guelph!

Rotary Club of Guelph Canada Day in the Park

Come Celebrate With Rotary!

Fun family activities in Guelph’s Riverside Park
starting at 11:00 am with a musical fireworks finale closing the day about 10:00 pm.

Donations: $5 per person or $20 Family Pass helps support local charities and events.

Help Rotary Pay for this Enjoyable Community Event

What's Happening

  • 11:00 – Welcome
    Opening Ceremony
  • 11:10 – Coro CantItalia
    Choir Performance
  • 12:05 – Zumba® with Karen
    Warm up and Zumba along with Karen and her troupe – fun for the whole family
  • 1:15 – The Wanted
    Distinctive roots band playing a mash-up of country, rockabilly and rock n’ roll
  • 3:00 – Guelph Celtic Orchestra
    Music and dance with local musicians & dancers performing traditional Celtic music
  • 4:15 – Overtones
    Guelph’s award winning acapella barbershop choir
  • 5:00 – Citizenship Ceremony
    Join the celebration as local citizens become our newest Canadians
  • 6:30 – John Licari & No Fixed Address
    John Licari, Marco Ciardullo & Carmen DiBraccio: an entertaining and energetic rock trio from Hamilton
  • 8:30 – Royal City Big Band
    One of the premiere swing bands in SW Ontario, performing some of the world’s favourite music
  • 9:45 – Closing Remarks
    Greetings, 50-50 draw and the countdown
  • 9:55 – O Canada and Fireworks!
    We sing our anthem and then enjoy the largest display in Guelph!
    PLEASE no fireworks of your own and no dogs!

This is the correct line-up and may differ from previously printed or advertised stage schedules. Subject to change without notice.

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  • 12:00 KC Lee and His Checkered Past
    A Blues, Rock and R&B cover band.
  • 2:15 Fresh Water Funk
    An 8-piece funk project playing your favourite funky faves and some original pieces too
  • 4:45 The Wanted
    Distinctive roots band playing a mash-up of country, rockabilly and rock n’ roll
  • 7:00 Bottle Kids
    Local musicians playing some rockin’ tunes and having some fun

The Pavilion is the large picnic shelter.

(formerly known as the Seniors’ Tent, on the upper field, east of the Main Stage)

  • 12:00 Seniors’ Bingo
  • 1:00 Family Bingo
  • 2:00 Canadian Trivia
  • 3:30 New Citizen Information Session

(south of the footbridge – the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington brings you the Canada Day Duck Race for the 27th year!)

  • 3:00 Corporate Duck Race
  • 4:15 Main Duck Race – Cheer thousands of little ducks (especially your own) as they compete for great prizes in the great Danby Duck Race
  • 5:00 Duck Colouring Contest – The colouring contest continues all day, so bring the kids down to the Duck Station next to the river. The winner will be announced at around 5:00pm
  • Duck RaceOn the Speed River! Fantastic prizes to be won.  Check it out:   www.gotduck.ca
  • Various prizes – at different booths

Spoil yourself with tasty delights from over a dozen food vendors!

  • Information Tent – Got a question?  Come and ask us.  This is also the place for Volunteer Check In, Lost & Found, and 50-50 tickets in support of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington.
  • Water WagonBring your own water bottle and enjoy free fill-ups at the City of Guelph Water Wagon!
  • Block Parents – They’ll be helping any children whose parents get lost, and they’ll tell explain how parents become an everyday Block Parent in their neighbourhoods to provide a safe haven for children all the time
  • First Aid – St John Ambulance is on hand to help. Their tent is near the big Bouncy Castles on Marilyn Drive, not far from the Information Tent. Say hello!
  • Parking Assistance – As usual, the Scouts have volunteered to direct parking, and to re-direct vehicles once the park is full. It’s a great help! If you are lucky enough to park inside Riverside Park, remember that no vehicles will be allowed in or out between 8:30pm and 11:30pm when the surrounding roads are closed for pedestrian safety.
  • Green Team ECO Stations – The Scouts and their volunteers will proudly help us separate our Canada Day garbage into Recyclables, Organics and Landfill … with a real emphasis on reducing the amount of Landfill. Be nice – take your garbage to an ECO Station and separate it!
  • ATM – when you need more cash, visit the on-site ATM in the Vendor Village on the upper field
  • Portable Washrooms & Hand Basins – you’ll find them in several spots in the park. Any problems? Please inform our Information Tent.
  • Guelph Police Services – With a ton of people arriving in the evening for the fireworks, extra officers are on duty to keep us safe, especially when everyone wants to leave at the same time AFTER the fireworks. There will be road closures around the park that allow pedestrians to move out quickly and safely, while cars are held back until it’s safe.
  • Fireworks Shuttle Buses – Guelph Transit is providing special buses between Guelph Central Station and Riverside Park – super convenient because parking in or near the park could be hard to find. Normal fare structure applies, but there’s a special schedule. http://guelph.ca/2017/06/canada-day-july-1-extended-holiday-service-fireworks-shuttle/  Five shuttles will depart from Woolwich Street near Speedvale soon after the fireworks.
  • Canada Day in the Park Water Conservation
    Bring Your Own Bottle!
  • Got Duck? - Race for charity & WIN!
    Riverside Duck Races!

FREE Guelph Transit Fireworks Shuttle!

Parking is limited, especially for the Fireworks.

So, courtesy of Linamar Corporation, Guelph Transit will be running free fireworks shuttles from Central Station to Riverside Park on July 1.

More details can be found here.

Easy Online Sign-up

Whether you’re looking to round out your volunteer hours or just to have some fun and help out a great organization in the process, you are in the right place.  Sign up online and choose your shifts, we’ll even give you a designer T-Shirt on the day! Thank you in advance for your interest and help!

Volunteer Sign-up  |  Learn About The Rotary Club of Guelph

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