Photo: Canada Day 2018

The Sarnia Canada Day Committee is acknowledging that while there are many things to celebrate about Canada, it is important to pause, reflect, and act.

We invite the community to spend some time this Canada Day reflecting on the history of our nation. Included below is a list of some of the resources to help with this reflection:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports
Lambton County Libraries Anti-Racism Arts Project
Lambton County Libraries eBooks on Racism
Indigenous Canada Online Course from the University of Alberta
Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians For Dummies by Jenna Rose Sands

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The Sarnia Canada Day Committee is thrilled to announce the return of an in-person Canada Day event, scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2022! Check out all the details, below!

Canatara Park

Join the City July 1 at Canatara Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a wide array of fun for all ages and interests reflecting a diverse array of cultures. Keep reading for all the details or check out our Canatara Park Canada Day map.

Attractions and Activities on the Field

There will be plenty to enjoy in the field at Cantara Park, including:

  • Multicultural food vendors
  • Food trucks
  • Inflatables
  • Handmade Market
  • The Painted Cat Creation Station
  • Air Brush Tattoos
  • JoJo and Chuckles Balloon Clowns
  • Tennis4Kids: Miniature Teams
  • Janka the Freshwater Mermaid

Canada Day Parade

The parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m., starting from the intersection of Colborne Road and Lakeshore Road, heading west on Lakeshore then north on Christina Road before heading through the park on Lake Chipican Drive and finishing on Sandy Lane.

2022 Parade Float Contest Winners

  • Best Overall Canadian Theme: Canada Kitchen Party
  • Best Youth Organization Entry: Great Lakes Dance Academy
  • Best Service / Volunteer Organization Entry: Rotary Club
  • Best Non-commercial Entry: Sarnia Evangelical Fellowship
  • Best Industrial / Commercial Entry: Imperial Oil
  • Most Entertaining Float: The Studio
  • Most Colourful Float: JDW International
  • Special Mention / Creative Group: Elite Stables

On-stage Entertainment

  • 2 p.m. – Kobbler Jay Circus Show
  • 2:30 p.m. – Scarlett Black Hula Hoop Show
  • 3 p.m. – Kobbler Jay Circus Show
  • 3:30 p.m. – Scarlett Black Hula Hoop Show

Bandshell Entertainment

Head on over to the Bandshell for an array of diverse performances and entertainment:

  • 12:30 p.m. – Lambton Concert Band, National Anthem, announcements, parade winners, birthday cupcakes
  • 2 p.m. – Lambton Concert Band
  • 2:45 p.m. – Sarnia School of Irish Dance
  • 3 p.m. – Scottish Country Dancers and Highland Dancers
  • 3:15 p.m. – Vietnamese Canadian Club

Centennial Park

Canada Day with the City of Sarnia continues at Centennial Park on July 1 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with food vendors, busker performances, free RE/MAX hot air balloon rides, live music and the Annual Fireworks Show off the Bay.

Live Music

Enjoy some live music on the Suncor Agora stage:

  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Rebound Rocks
  • 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. – One Night Band
  • 9 to 10 p.m.; 10:20 to 11 p.m. – Painkiller Jane

Fireworks

The Annual Fireworks Show off the Bay will return July 1, kicking off at 10 p.m.

Rain date: July 2 at 10 p.m.

Sarnia Transit free service

Catch the bus for free Canada Day with a special holiday schedule from Sarnia Transit.

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Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada Program. 

Sarnia has celebrated Canada Day since its Centennial Year in 1967. The Sarnia Canada Day festivities remain Sarnia’s signature event, routinely attended by 30,000 plus residents of the Sarnia-Lambton area. The celebration begins with the annual parade, including bands, performances, and colourful displays from many community groups and organizations. Following the parade, the celebrations continue into Canatara Park, where Opening Ceremonies are held, featuring birthday cake, parade awards, and more. Multicultural food booths from the local Multicultural Council of Sarnia-Lambton can be found in Canatara’s Open Field. A variety of on and off-stage shows, a Handmade Market, and inflatables are also offered at Canatara. At 6:00pm, the celebrations move to Centennial Park, where a variety of bands perform throughout the evening, capped off by the infamous fireworks show along the waterfront, off the Bay, at 10:00pm.