Cheers to Canada’s 150th!

On Saturday, July 1st, the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum held its Canada Day Community Celebration from 11-6. While the weather threatened to advance, thankfully it held off, and we had a lovely day!

We started off the day by making acquaintances with some of our local wildlife.We opened the event with an traditional Land Acknowledgement by our summer student Meghan Caveen, and opening remarks from our Outreach and Programming Coordinator, Megan Houston.

THEN we tested our strength at the hammer games. Unfortunately, we were not as strong as we thought …

The event had an array of activities for kids, including a bouncy castle, ring toss, a ducky game, bubbles, heritage games, face painting, caricatures, and a green screen thanks to the East Gwillimbury Public Library! Kerry Peters, local pianist, challenged himself to play 150 songs in honour of Canada’s 150th. He may not have made it all the way, but he filled the Temple with beautiful music all afternoon.

Our BBQ was run by our local masons, and the incredible re-enactment on site was put on by IMUC (Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada) and the Lloydtown Guard. We are so pleased to have them on site, and hope you enjoyed them too! For more pictures, feel free to visit IMUC’s flickr page:


At 1:30, we had our customary cake cutting, and cake was shared all around! Thank you to Mayor and Council for celebrating with us on this amazing day.

In the afternoon, local musicians the Connors Brothers played some amazing music in the Temple.   

While we received a little bit of rain near the end of the day, overall the weather was absolutely perfect. Thank you again to all of our amazing volunteers and staff for their commitment to making this happen, and thank you to everyone who came out to the Temple to celebrate Canada Day with us. We hope you and your families enjoyed your stay, and hope you will come back and visit us again this summer!