Canada Day in Brockville

Despite a great invitation from some friends, I’m spending Canada Day alone. While it isn’t one of the big holidays, going down and taking pictures of the festivities definitely felt really lonely. I kind of wish I was around family this weekend.

I went down to Blockhouse Island early this morning and got to see them setting up. Once the gates officially opened, I watched some of the dock dogs do some practice jumps, listened to some live music, and enjoyed some over priced water and juice. One of the frustrating things this morning was the Hercules fly over. It wasn’t really well organized and with only one quick fly over it disappeared into the distance. Many people sat and waited, hoping it would turn around and make one more pass. It wasn’t announced well, there was little warning, despite how loud the plane is, and then it was gone, leaving many people noticeably disappointed.

The whole Riverfest/Canada Day event is pretty small in Brockville, and there isn’t much for someone of my age to do. It is definitely geared towards families with very young children. I did get a free half serving of soup for free from Subway, and a deck of Casino used cards from OLG, so I can’t complain too much. When all is said and done, I think I received decent value for the five dollars I paid to get in.

I’m looking forward to seeing the fireworks display tonight, but Bill, the person I’m renting a room from, has warned me not to expect much, and that I will probably enjoy seeing Ogdensburg’s display more on July 4th despite it being across the St. Lawrence river.

As usual, I’ve uploaded the pictures I took to my Flickr account –

2 responses to “Canada Day in Brockville”

  1. Happy Canada Day Dave…as always your pics have great colour and movement. I think I need a new camera… πŸ™‚ I also had a sort of lonely Canada Day, went to the beach so no Centennial Park live music/hotdogs/cake for us, Rick was practicing, now he’s at a gig, the kids are at fireworks and I am avoiding my heritage walking tours by reading your emails. However I did spend the day working on the tours (which were supposed to be printed and distributed by now) so it’s all good. Glad to hear you are sticking with getting healthier…it’ll be worth it!
    Enjoy your weekend.

    PS. I HATE when they fly over once and don’t come back….

    • With your huge family and “extended” family, I’m surprised you aren’t like *yippee!* I had a lonely Canada Day! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the compliment on the pictures. Have you seen Jeremy’s portfolio? It is amazing! He definitely had an artistic eye for photography. (

      If you do end up buying a newer camera, let me know what you are thinking about getting. I’ve learned a lot having a digital SLR, and while they aren’t for everyone, it definitely makes it easy to take professional shots (thought it costs a fair bit of money to get one) The newer Canon point and shoots at the $300 mark are pretty darn impressive though.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend as well (stop volunteering for everything!)

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