Southampton celebrates Canada Day 2023

Canada Day 2023 was a day of celebration following a long hiatus due to Covid-19 and its many lockdowns.

Thanks to the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce that organized the event and a Canada Day grant that helped pay for the bands and fireworks. “We also thank the Town of Saugeen Shores for their support,” said Christine Mitchell Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce.

Southampton celebrated with what began as an afternoon of entertainment and barbecued food at the foot of High Street, before the fireworks began after dark.

The air was filled with the delectable aroma of BBQ as the Rotary Club of Saugeen Shores provided the crowds with barbecued hamburgs, sausage and hot dogs and the smell of popcorn wafted through the air thanks to the Rotary Club of Southampton.

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                        Southampton Rotary provide free popcorn

The music began in the early afternoon with the rock group, Something Always Flying, followed by the Southampton Concert Band.  Under the direction of conductor John Wills, the Southampton band performed a wide range of music from a Sinatra medley to the brass of the Herb Alpert band and Barry Manilow and was followed by ‘Get Back’ with the music of the Beatles.

At the giant flag at the bottom of High Street overlooking Lake Huron, visitors that included tourists and residents gathered throughout the afternoon in anticipation of the celebration.

Many brought their ‘lawn chairs’ so that they could sit back and enjoy the wide variety of music throughout the afternoon.


The finale, of course, was what everybody was waiting for … the fireworks that started at 10:00 p.m., to the oohs and aahs of the children.