A glance back at Canada Day 2018
MORRISBURG — Crowds were down at most Canada Day events as the region broiled amid high humidity and thermometer readings in the mid-30’s — although absolute temperatures fell short of the legendary 100-degree mark on the old Fahrenheit scale (37.5 C) and didn’t quite hit the forecasted 36 C, either.
That said, a “humidex” record was set in the Ottawa Valley, as temperatures and humidity combined made to make it feel like 48 C.
In Avonmore, children dispensed with the usual “colour run” and headed straight to the spray from firefighter hoses. They frolicked beside North Stormont Place. Avonmore’s Athletic Association went ahead with its annual 5 and 10-km “run to get it done” kickoff for the day, drawing hardy joggers for a brutally tough run in the sweltering conditions.
Caught in one of his many July 1st stops on the day, MP Guy Lauzon said that numbers were down everywhere he went, from Cornwall to Morrisburg to South Mountain.
A volunteer in South Mountain estimated attendance at only one third of the usual Canada Day. But still, those in attendance rocked out and danced to the Dixie Chicklets and Ambush, the latter group celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. And the skies were clear for fireworks shows all across the region.
The heat wave that put a crimp on Canada Day 2018 festivities finally broke on Thursday of this week, July 6.
Below, children thoroughly enjoyed being doused with firehoses — a Canada Day memory they’re not likely to forget.
See some more of the South Mountain Canada Day fireworks below, plus clips of the Dixie Chicklets and Ambush. Crowds were smaller than usual in 2018 because of the heat, but those attending the North Dundas festivities took in a great show nonetheless.