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Excited yet?


It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!

Yes, Canada’s sesquicentennial year is now upon us—with the celebrations already having started on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on New Year’s Eve leading up to their culmination on July 1.

Are you excited yet?

There hasn’t been a whole lot of buzz around Canada’s 150th anniversary here in Rainy River District so far. Organizers are in the midst of planning a transportation exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum to coincide with this special year in our country’s history while volunteers planted tulip bulbs at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre back in October that will bloom red and white this spring in celebration.

As well, the local International Early Iron Car Club is hosting the “Canadian Coasters”—a procession of more than 100 vehicles of various types that travels from coast to coast—on July 19-21 that will tie into the Canada 150 theme.

Still, compared to Canada’s centennial celebrations back in 1967 that also coincided with Expo ’67 in Montreal (remember that catchy little “Ca-na-da” tune), the excitement seems decidedly muted this time around among citizens both locally and right across the country.

That’s not to say things won’t turn around in the coming months. Here in Fort Frances, for instance, a dedicated group of volunteers stepped forward last year to boost Fun in the Sun/Canada Day festivities in town—all with an eye to it being a dress rehearsal, so to speak, for an even bigger and better celebration this year for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

And out in Chapple, Reeve Peter Van Heyst says there’s an active recreation committee already making plans for Canada’s 150th birthday.

Sure, Canada Day seems like a long way off given we’re currently mired in the dead of winter. But July 1 is now less than six months away and planning needs to be well underway to pull off a bash worthy of our country’s milestone anniversary.

After all, we’re blessed to call Canada home and certainly have plenty of reasons to celebrate!

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