Southampton celebrates Canada Day 2022 with record crowds


The Lake Huron shore in Southampton was a hive of activity on Friday, July 1st (2022) as Canada Day celebrations drew large crowds to the giant flag area at the foot of High Street.

The day began early with the Marine Heritage Society Friday market at the Boathouse in the morning where some 40 vendors brought their wares and crafts.

Although the early morning brought showers, Mother Nature changed her mind for the rest of the day and brought sunshine with warm temperatures.

The street was a sea of red and white as visitors wearing Canada Day t-shirts and hats came out to enjoy all the activities.  There was something for all ages with music, a BBQ, games, and even alpacas from Tiverton to pet.

The Rotary Club of Southampton carried on the Toonies for TOM CT scanner campaign for the local hospital with games and popcorn sales while the Rotary Club of Saugeen Shores fed long lines of people at its BBQ for hours.

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Music throughout the afternoon by the band ‘Somethings Always Flying’ had people dancing in the street and then it was time to turn to the Southampton Concert Band for a wide variety of musical selections ranging from classical to jazz.

                                                 Somethings Always Flying

As evening began to settle in, it was obvious that what everyone was waiting for were the Canada Day fireworks.  After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the crowd was excited to be able to enjoy them again in person and they were not disappointed.  This year’s explosion of colour and lights over Lake Huron was well worth the long two-year wait.  Youngsters ooh’d and aah’d as each explosion seemed to be better than the one before.