Lake Simcoe's 2013 summer celebrations got off to a hot start with Canada Day parades, events and fireworks around Lake Simcoe. From Orillia to Uxbridge, Hawkestone to Aurora, Barrie to Brechin, people came out to mark Canada's 146th birthday.
That's just the beginning of a summer packed full of activities!
There are the long-standing celebrations such as Barrie's Kempenfest on the August long weekend (Aug. 2 to 5 this year), when the Barrie waterfront buzzes with arts, crafts, music, antiques and family fun in an event judged one of the Top 100 festivals in Ontario.
There's outrageous fun as Orillia holds its annual Cardboard Boat Race, with prizes for the smallest boat, the biggest boat and the most spectacular sinking. The Cardboard Boat Race has become the largest spectator event held during the Orillia Waterfront Festival, Aug. 9 to 11.
And this summer, there's a series of new festivals - Splash the Floating Water Festivals - to celebrate the moon, the forest, local food and the lake. There's a special purpose behind this series of events: to raise awareness about Lake Simcoe and to raise support for a Water Centre for Research, Learning and Innovation at Lake Simcoe. (Lake Simcoe Living Magazine is also celebrating its fifth birthday as part of the Aug. 17 Splash Beach Bash Festival in Jackson's Point!) You can find details about the Splash Festivals in the July-August issue of Lake Simcoe Living Magazine, or on the Splash Festival website at splashfestival.ca.
To find more information about these and other summer festivities in the Lake Simcoe area, please go to lakesimcoeliving.com/events.
See you at the lake!