Fireworks, Parades, Cars and Motorcycles – Canada Day Weekend in Trent Hills


Our community of Trent Hills is made up of the three towns of Hastings, Campbellford and Trent River, and their adjoining areas. When it comes to celebrating summer, especially on Canada Day, the events are grand, and well-coordinated to enable visitors to sample all there is. We did just that.

Celebrations started early in Hastings. On Thursday the long awaited stainless steel fish was unveiled at Pisces Park, a small patch of green space next to the marina. This six-foot high piece of art, sculpted by Bill Lishman, is to be the first of several fish that will form an icon to represent the fact that in 2012 Hastings won the distinction of being named the Ultimate Fishing Town of Canada in the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town Challenge.

On Canada Day the weather was a little uncooperative at times, so we didn’t go to the morning celebration in Campbellford, but the skies almost cleared up in time for the parade in Hastings at 4:00 p.m. I’m ashamed to admit that I went without my camera, but here are a few photos from last year:

A thunderstorm after that cooled the air considerably and when we walked to the park with our lawn chairs at 8:30 to wait for the Fireworks, Hastings’ big contribution to the celebration, we were dressed in layers. As the sun went down, the wind turned quite chilly, sending Jim home to get some more layers! But, it was worth it.

On Saturday the sun was shining again and the temperatures perfect for a ride on the motorcycle to Campbellford for another annual event, Chrome on the Canal. We found a place to park our bike, and then began the mile or more stroll along the Trent Canal banks to exclaim over the interesting variety of bikes and cars. They ranged from antique to classic, to the latest models. Some were “chopped” (modified); some were restored to original; some were just as they’d been found abandoned in a field or garage.

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Original Powered Bicycles?

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1948 Indian

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IMG_1453A lot of work went into building this one!

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Amazing pin-striping

IMG_1482A few, like this one,were For Sale

On our way back from Campbellford, we turned north off County Road 35 onto Smith Road, a lovely tree lined stretch of curves, and then east onto Concession Road 11 that climbs high over the eskers. This is another recommended route for bikers.

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A Happy Canada Day!

6 thoughts on “Fireworks, Parades, Cars and Motorcycles – Canada Day Weekend in Trent Hills

  1. Thanks, Helen. Actually it was only the pictures of the parade that I used from last year. The others I took at the moment (remembered to take my camera with me :)) There are numerous motor-aided bicycles around these days, mostly electric and similar to little scooters. Gas powered ones are more rare.

  2. You always make any journey into an adventure! Nice pictures of vehicles, motorcycles and motorized bicycles even if they are last years photos. I wonder if they the motor-driven bicycles are still sold. I have not seen any for at least a decade or more. The ones you photographed appeared to have huge motors. Guess they would be powered by batteries or would some use gas?

  3. It seems like parades, car shows and fireworks are staples of Canada Day celebrations in so many communities–just one of many great things about this country. Looks like you had a great time!

    • Yes, Christine, this is a great country — not perfect as many point out, but better than most. It was a great Canada Day weekend in our little neighbourhood.

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