Tecumseh announces virtual Canada Day party

Tecumseh water tower. Aug 8, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Town of Tecumseh)

The Town of Tecumseh will join the virtual nationwide celebration of Canada’s 153rd birthday.

Having cancelled its annual Canada Day party at Lakewood Park South due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tecumseh is taking its celebration online, with a series of activities, challenges, and downloads provided by Heritage Canada, and the town’s parks and recreation department.

Mayor Gary McNamara wanted to immediately begin planning a virtual birthday party after the Lakewood Park event was scuttled.

“Our recreation department immediately began looking at ways to celebrate safely and within public health guidelines,” said McNamara. “We are excited to join Heritage Canada in their virtual celebrations and encourage everyone in town to join the party online, decorate their homes, submit photos and videos and sing ‘O Canada’ on their front porch with their neighbours at 7 p.m. prior to the 8 p.m. start of virtual events.”

A Canada Day drawing contest is already underway, and entrants have a chance at a $25 Tecumseh recreation gift certificate and all drawings submitted will be displayed along the walking path in Lakewood Park between June 30 and July 6. Entries can be dropped off at Tecumseh Town Hall, in the drop box located beside the door off McNorton Street by June 29. The winner will be announced at noon on Wednesday, July 1.

Starting Monday, a number of virtual activities like made-in-Canada recipes, activities, Canadian innovations, digital treasures, and virtual fireworks will be released on the Canada Day site as part of the “Let’s Get Together” theme.

A complete rundown of all Canada Day-related activities in Tecumseh can be found on the town’s official website.