Heat stifled Canada Day turnout — but still a patriotic occasion

Zandbergen photos, Nation Valley News

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.


A ship is illuminated on the St. Lawrence River during the Canada Day fireworks show in Morrisburg. Smith photo, Nation Valley News


Spectators take in the live music at Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg. Smith photo, Nation Valley News


One of the osprey parents at Iroquois Point was panting in the heat on Canada Day. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Not many Canada Day’s ago, MP Guy Lauzon (left) was a government and MPP Jim McDonell was an Opposition member. Fast forward to Canada Day 2018 and the roles have flipped. The local MP remains sits in Opposition in Ottawa while McDonell is a newly minted government member in Toronto. The duo were on hand in Iroquois July 1st. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Chenier family cousins and siblings took a break from the firehose fun in Avonmore to pose for a Canada Day photo. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Cousins Grace, 8 (left) and Harlee, 7, got a hold of the colour run powder between soakings under the fire hose, on a sweltering Canada Day 2018 in Avonmore. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Madison, 8 (left) from Chesterville and Payton, 11, from Cornwall were a well-matched duo for Canada Day. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Friends Casidhe and Carys prepared to watch the Canada Day fireworks in South Mountain. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


It was a sizzling Canada Day 2018. Youngsters cooled down under firehoses sprayed by members of the Avonmore fire station. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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.


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