Monthly Archives: June 2012

Celebrate Being Canadian in Waterloo Region! Your Guide to 2012 Fireworks & Festivities!


Happy Canada Day my friends! We are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful area with many fun and fabulous (and lots are FREE) events to enjoy Canada Day with our families. Whatever you do, take some time kick back this weekend & enjoy being Canadian. We are so blessed in this country so show your pride and scream it from the roof tops, wear red and white, wear silly hats, paint your face, wave your flags and show your pride. YOU ARE CANADIAN!!!!
In Honour of Canada Day I am reprinting The Rant which became famous circa 2000 in a Molson Canadian Commercial. This is a classic!
I AM CANADIAN!   (Click here to see the commerical on YouTube) 
I’m not a lumber jack
Or a fur trader
And I dont live in an igloo
Or eat blubber
Or own a dog sled
And I don’t know
Jimmy, Jally or Suzie from Canada
Although I’m sure they’re really really nice
I have a Prime Minister not a President
I speak English and French not American
And I pronounce it about not “a-boot”
I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack I believe in peackeeping not policing
Diversity not assimilation
And that the beaver is a truley proud and noble animal
A toque is a hat a chesterfield is a couch
And it is prnouced “zed” not “zee” “zed”!
Canada is the 2nd largest landmass!
The 1st nation in hockey!
And the best part of North America!
My name is Joe and I am Canadian!
Canada Day Festivities Around Waterloo Region
As Canaada celebrates its birthday on Sunday, we are lucky to have lots of amazing choices of how to celebrate the day with our families!
Civic Square Sunday July 1st
6:30 – 11 pm Beer Garden, live music featuring The Trews!
10:30 pm – Fireworks Display
Free outdoor all ages event!  The downtown Kitchener BIA has partnered with the City to host an “Urban Canada Day” in front of city hall starting at 6 p.m., with live music by The Trews and other local artists. Fireworks will be launched off city hall at 10:30 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION Canada Day at Waterloo Museum (Doon Heritage)  
Homer Watson Blvd Kitchener
July 1, 2012
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE Admission!
Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party to celebrate Canada Day and everyone is invited! Admission is FREE to the museum and Doon Heritage Village for this fun family event including musical entertainment, fun games like croquet and horseshoes
2pm – 10 pm Enjoy loads of fun with student-led festivities at the Columbia Lake fields off Columbia Street West in Waterloo beginning at 2 p.m. and running all day. Tons of live music, arts and crafts and children’s games & events. Admission is free, and parking is free in university lots.
10pm Fireworks Display (usually about 18 minutes long!)
8 am – The fun begins early with the annual fishing derby and goes all day  – music, a fishing derby, beer garden, petting zoo and a midway.
1pm – Canada Day Parade! One of the only ones in the area, begins at King and Bishop streets and runs along King Street to the park. *(The Cambridge parade will be aired by Rogers TV at 6 p.m. on Sunday and 3 p.m. on Monday.)
9:30 pm Fireworks Display – Brilliant flashes will light up Cambridge’s Riverside Park
Celebrate Canada Day at Riverside Park, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Guelph. The event runs from 11am-10pm, with fireworks starting at 9:50pm. Live bands all day – including the Royal City Big Band and the Overtones!
Canada Day activities include a petting zoo, duck races, children’s play zone, the Mid-way, pony rides, and inflatable bouncing games!  Suggested Donation: $2 per person or $5 per family
  Scott’s Park – New Hamburg (off Hunter Street)
10 am the fun starts – Celebrating 30 years of Canada Day festivities at Scott Park. Events include a car show, live entertainment, children’s games & activities, cake and a rubber duck race.
Dusk – Fireworks at dusk conclude a day filled with events.
Organizers advise visitors to park on nearby streets, as there’s no parking in Scott Park.
Gore Park in Elmira will have live music and activities starting at 4 p.m. with official Canada Day ceremonies and a cake-cutting taking place at 6 p.m.


Friday June 29 & Saturday June 30th – $10.53 Admission during the day

Saturday June 30th ONLY  Dive In Movie  in the Evening…

Click for $10.95 Admission Deal… (advance online tickets only!) 

Bingeman’s Dive In Movie Series

Tickets are $12 in advance $15 at the Door

Admission from 8:30 pm to midnight & includes use of all waterpark amusements.

Click for details… 

Saturday June 30th – The Adventures of Tin Tin


Buy One Get One FREE Burgers at Harveys When Wearing Red! 


SATURDAY JULY 30th –  10:30 am –  8pm Activities & Fireworks & Outdoor Movie at dusk
JULY 1st Canada Day – Activities continue! 10:30 am – 5 pm
Over 100 Firefighters from across Canada will compete in the Scott FireFit Championships. Cheer on our local Firefigthers and join in all of the fun. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday at 10 am Lots of activities for the kids on Saturday from 10:30 am to 8 pm and Sunday 10:30 am to 5 pm. FREE Family Movie Night and Fireworks on Saturday June 30 at dusk – Featuring entertainment by Dave FM, along with midway rides and buskers. Bring your own lawn chairs!  (Sportsowrld Crossing Stores will be closed on Monday July 2 to celebrate Canada Day.)
Where are the Fireworks?
*  Saturday June 30th at Dusk – Sportsworld Crossing
* Sunday July 1st, Canada Day:
  Columbia Lake, Waterloo at 10 p.m.
  Kitchener City Hall at 10:30 p.m.
  Riverside Park, Cambridge at 9:45 p.m.
  Scott Park, New Hamburg at 9:45 p.m.
What You Need to Know About Setting Off Your Own Fireworks
If you choose to light fireworks at home, Waterloo Fire Rescue says that
– a responsible adult should be in charge
– children should be closely supervised if they’re handling sparklers.
– Always read and carefully follow the directions on fireworks packaging
– keep a water hose or pail of water nearby when discharging them.
What’s Open – What’s Closed on Canada Day
  Grand River Transit runs on a Sunday schedule (not all routes have Sunday service)
  Many attractions are open, including The Museum, Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, McDougall Cottage, Woodside National Historic Site, Waterloo Region Museum, Bingemans and the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
  LCBO and Beer stores are closed
  All library branches are closed
DayTripping on Canada Day?
Toronto — I counted 25 different happenings around the city.. click here for details…. CANADA DAY IN TORONTO 2012
Fireworks in Toronto (5 to choose from)
Canada Day! Buy Now!

A Powerful Princess & A Wee Bit of Scottish Magic with A Message – Disney Pixar’s Brave Touched my Heart



A Movie Review of Disney Pixar’s new movie ‘Brave” 

In theatres June 22nd!

I just came back from a special preview of Disney Pixar’s new movie Brave (thank you to Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures Canada for the chance to win) and have to say I loved everything about it. A feisty Scottish princess, a cast of crazy Scottish clansmen, slapstick comedy, castles, witches, bagpipes and even some haggis all rolled in to a fabulous fairytale. What’s not to like?

The story begins with the following question which drives the story… “If you had a chance to change your fate, would you? “ And so the story begins…

Brave is an original fairytale, packed with adventure, magic, comedy and it delivers a wonderful message. Merida is the rebellious Scottish teenage princess who resents her mother and decides to defy her (sound familiar?) by changing her destiny. History has proven that this is never a good idea, and what ensues is a heart warming and thrilling adventure for Merida to make things right before permanent damage is done.

There is something for all members of the family. There witches, spells and an amazing supporting cast of crazy Scottish characters who make you laugh out loud many times with their slapstick. Her larger than life father Fergus and naughty little brothers Hamish, Harris and Hubert are highlights.

Merida is my new favourite Disney princess – a fiery princess who shows bravery, independence and a real zest for life. She is the type of princess that modern mom’s will love – determined, athletic, beautiful, smart, feisty and with a mind of her own. I just loved her!  Disney had brought us a fabulous, strong and complex female character who overcomes her selfishness to learn a powerful lesson. The message resonated with me and quite honestly, brought a tear to my eye.

The spectacular animation brings the setting of the Scottish highlands come alive. Combined with a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic soundtrack which sets the magical mood, the scenes of the Scottish countryside scattered with lochs and castles is truly beautiful.

Parents of daughters, and mothers especially, will connect most powerfully to the movie’s message, but boys will like it too with its non-stop action, slapstick comedy, comedic clansman and battle scenes. I will admit that my Scottish heritage made me especially adore this film, but the movie is wonderfully done and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

I took my 5 ½  year old daughter and she was riveted. There are a few very short intense scenes with a scary bear but otherwise, very family friendly. I did see one parent take a very small child who cried out (2 or 3 yrs) but otherwise, it was fine. I have seen many other Disney films that had more frequent and more frightening scenes.

These are my daughter’s thoughts on the film that I’d thought I would share:

“My fav part was when she had her dress on and when she liked her mom. I liked it when she trying to help her Mom become Queen again. The funny parts was when the little brothers were trying to steal the food.  I liked Merida because she thinks the whisps were true and they were and the when the whisps were true, they were lead them to their destiny.”

Here is a link to the trailer… Enjoy!


All images used are from Disney Pixar.

Stay Cool – Pools & Splash Pad Listings! Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge


*Updated to include Tim Horton’s FREE Swims!* (at bottom)

Here is my guide to staying cool this summer in the Waterloo Region… So many fun ways to keep it cool and have some fun!  There are indoor pools, outdoor pools and tons of splash pads so have fun. 

 Indoor Pools – City of Kitchener 

Breithhaupt Pool 8am – 9:30pm350 Margaret Ave 519-741-2502Summer 2012 Swim ScheduleLearn to Swim Schedule 2012
Cameron Heights Pool301 Charles St. E. 519-741-2482

  • Located in Cameron Heights High School. Not wheelchair accessible. Cameron Heights Pool will be closed for annual maintenance fromTuesday June 12 to Saturday June 23, 2012.Download swim schedule for Spring 2012.

Download lesson schedule for Summer 2012.

Forest Heights Pool 7am – 10pm253 Fisher Hallman 519-741-2493
Lyle Hallman Pool 7:30am-10-:15pm600 Heritage Drive  519-741-2670Click for drop in schedule for May JuneLearn to Swim Summer 2012 Sched
Waterloo Recreational Simplex101 Father David Bauer Drive  519-886-3844Summer 2012 schedule

Outdoor Pools – City of Kitchener 
Open June to September
  • Harry Class Pool, 45 Woodside Ave., 519-741-2481.
    Located in Kitchener Centre off Queen St at Highland Rd near St Mary’s Hospital

Download swim schedule for June 2012.
Download lesson schedule for Summer 2012.

  • Idlewood Pool, 5 Thaler Ave., 519-741-2480.
    Located in East Kitchener – tucked in off River Rd at  Kinzie

Download swim schedule for May – June 2012.
Download drop-in lesson schedule for July – August 2012.

  • Wilson Pool, 78 Wilson Ave., 519-741-2479.
    Located in South Kitchener near Fairview Mall

Download swim schedule for June 23 – July 1, 2012.
Download swim schedule for July 2 – September 5, 2012.

  • Kiwanis Park, 1000 Kiwanis Park Dr., has a large, shallow concrete pool for swimming.

    Located in East Waterloo off Bridge Street between Bridgeport & University


Moses Springer Pool – 150 Lincoln Road, Waterloo 519-885-4530
Located in central Waterloo close to Bridgeport & Weber
City of Kitchener Splash Pads

Open 9am to 9pm – awesome, free fun!

  • Breithaupt Park Splash Pad/Wading Pool, Breithaupt Park, 806 Union St., 519-741-2502.

    Located in Centre Kitchener off Union Ave (tucked in a small driveway between Lancaster & Margaret) Lots of free parking,

    Small but really nice, this is an excellent splash pad for the 6 and under crowd for sure. Older kids are welcome but it’s geared to younger. Lots of shade & grassy areas surrounding the pad for picnics & a play ground within eyesight. I love this spot! Washrooms close by.

  • Centreville Chicopee Splash Pad, 141 Morgan Ave., 519-741-2490 Located in East Kitchener near Fairway & King St E
  • Chandler Mowat Splash Pad, 222 Chandler Dr., 519-741-2733 located in South Kitchener – Country Hills area
  • Doon Pioneer Park Splash Pad, 150 Pioneer Dr., 519-741-2641  Located in South Kitchener off Homer Watson Drive
  • Kingsdale Splash Pad, 78 Wilson Ave., 519-741-2540 Located in South Kitchener near Fairview Mall

  • McLennan Park Splash Pad, 901 Ottawa St. S., 519-741-2345  Located in South Kitchener (old Mt Trashmore) off Ottawa between Westmount & Homer Watson

    * Kitchener’s newest splash pad is truly awesome! Spacious and loaded with great interactive water stations. Benches for mom’s but not much shade. One of my new favourites! I compare it to Lion’s Lagoon but it’s FREE! Easy parking.

  • Vanier Park Splash Pad, 329 Vanier Dr. South Located in South Kitchener near Courtland & Fairway
  • Victoria Park Splash Pad, Courtland Ave. W., 519-741-2890 Located in Victoria Park   – between Park, Victoria and Queen Street Central Kitchener. Best accessed by parking in the main parking lot by the Pavillion off Schneider Street at Queen.

    Lions Lagoon – Admission charge of $2.50 – Located inside Waterloo Park  519-725-0511. Shaded picnic area & change & good washroom facilities.

City of Cambridge

11 FREE splash pads! 
Open daily 10am to 9pm daily (approx) until September 1st (weather permitting) 
• Churchill Park – 200 Christopher Dr. Galt
• Lincoln Park – Vimy Street Galt
• Soper Park – Dundas St / Marion Way (East Galt)
• Riverside Park – 49 King St. W.
• Central Park – 615 King St. E.
• Forbes Park – 16 Kribs St.
• Victoria Park – Fisher Mills Rd.  west Galt
• Ferguson Homestead – Cowan Blvd.
• Hespeler Optimist – Ellis Rd.
• Northview Hts. – 120 Carter Cr.
• Weaver Park – Weaver St.
For questions about splash pads call (519) 740-4681 ext. 4214
Outdoor Pools – City of Cambridge
Edward Newland Pool 515 William Street
Cambridge, Ontario
N3H 3W6
George Hancock Pool 115 Glenmorris Street 519.740.7178
Kinsmen – Soper Pool 41 Marion Way 519.740.7173
Indoor Pools – City of Cambridge
John Dolson Centre 212 South Street
N1R 2P4
519.740.4681 x 4527
W.G. Johnson Centre 31 Kribs Street
Cambridge, Ontario
N3C 2L3
519-740-4681 x 4469
City of Guelph
Swimming Pools: Public Swims
Open from June 29-September 3 only.
299 York Road
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.
5-8 p.m.
21 Imperial Road South
Daily 2-4 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
151 Victoria Road North
Monday–Saturday 2–4  p.m.
Friday 7-8:30 p.m.
Saturday 6:30–8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wading Pools
Open from June 29-September 3 only.
45 Edinburgh Road North
12-6 p.m.
235 Elizabeth Street
12-6 p.m.
81 London Road West
12 -6 p.m.
Splash Pads
Open from June 29-September 3 only.
22 Shelldale Crescent
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Waverley Park
76 Balmoral Drive
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
505 Kortright Road West
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
21 Imperial Road South
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Here is another great link for more splash pad info

Other Places to Cool Down in the City of Kitchener

During extreme humidex advisories, several city facilities across Waterloo Region serve as cooling centres for people looking for relief from the heat.
Cooling centres now open for  Kitchener City Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..
The Kitchener Market is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The following community centres are open at minimum 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bridgeport Community Centre, 20 Tyson Dr.
Breithaupt Community Centre, 350 Margaret Ave.
Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Ave.
Chandler Mowat Community Centre, 222 Chandler Dr.
Country Hills Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Rd.
Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 150 Pioneer Dr.
Downtown Community Centre, 35 Weber St. W.
Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queen’s Blvd.
Kingsdale Community Centre, 80 Wilson Ave.
Mill Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill St.
Rockway Centre, 1405 King St. E.
Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N.
Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Dr.
Williamsburg Community Centre, 1187 Fischer-Hallman Rd.
For specific times, please contact each community centre directly.
The following arenas will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. normally.
Activa Sportsplex, 135 Lennox Lewis Way
The Aud, 400 East Ave.
Sportsworld, 35 Sportsworld Dr.
Air-conditioned shopping malls and local libraries are also great places to cool off.
All Kitchener public library locations will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Main Library, 85 Queen St. N.
Country Hills, 1500 Block Line Rd.
Forest Heights, 251 Fischer-Hallman Rd.
Grand River/Stanley Park, 175 Indian Rd.
Pioneer Park, 150 Pioneer Dr.
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tim Hortons is offering free swims on select days during the summer months. Here are the lists for Kitchener/Waterloo
Breithaupt Centre 
July 07 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
July 22 2:30 pm – 4:00 pmAugust 19 2:30 pm – 4:00 pmBreithaupt Centre  – Aquafit 
July 10 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
July 17 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
July 24 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
July 31 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm

August 07 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
August 14 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
August 21 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
August 28 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Cameron Heights Pool
July 16 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

August 12 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
August 24 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cameron Heights Pool – Aquafit
July 11 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
July 18 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
July 25 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

August 01 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
August 08 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
August 15 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
August 22 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
August 29 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Forest Heights Pool  Aquafit
July 11 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July 18 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July 25 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

August 02 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August 09 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August 16 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August 23 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August 30 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Harry Class Pool
July 01 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
July 19 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

August 05 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
August 10 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Idlewood Pool 
July 01 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
July 10 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
July 26 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

August 16 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
August 30 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lyle Hallman Pool 
July 13 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
August 27 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmLyle Hallman Pool  Aquafit
July 07 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 14 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 21 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
July 28 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

August 04 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
August 11 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
August 18 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
August 25 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Wilson Pool – Kitchener
July 01 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 08 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
July 18 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

August 08 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
August 22 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Kiwanis Park 
August 03 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Moses Springer – Adult Waterfit Class
July 18 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
August 19 5:15 pm – 6:00 pmMoses Springer – Public Swim
July 07 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
July 12 6:35 pm – 8:00 pm
July 30 6:35 pm – 8:00 pm

August 14 6:35 pm – 8:00 pm
August 31 6:10 pm – 8:00 pm

Waterloo Swimplex Adult Lane & Waterfit Class
July 05 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

August 07 12:05 pm – 1:20 pm
August 25 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Waterloo Swimplex – – Public Swim
July 09 7:05 pm – 8:30 pm

August 03 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
August 22 7:05 pm – 8:30 p

CAMBRIDGE Ed Newland Pool
July 04 6:35 pm – 7:30 pm
July 06 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
July 13 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
July 18 6:35 pm – 7:30 pm
July 20 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
July 27 1:30 pm – 3:30 pmAugust 03 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 10 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 17 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 24 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

George Hancock Pool
July 06 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
July 13 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
July 20 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
July 27 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

August 03 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
August 10 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
August 17 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm
August 24 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

John Dolson Pool
July 06 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
July 11 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 13 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
July 20 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
July 27 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

August 03 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
August 10 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
August 15 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 17 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
August 24 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Kinsmen Soper Park Pool

July 06 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
July 13 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
July 20 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
July 27 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

August 03 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
August 10 1:45 pm – 4:00pm
August 17 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
August 24 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

W.G. Johnson Pool
July 06 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 13 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 20 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 27 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

August 03 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 10 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 17 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 24 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elmira & St. Jacobs

Woolwich Memorial Centre
July 13 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
July 27 1:15 pm – 3:15 pmAugust 10 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
August 24 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
New Hamburg
Wilmot Aquatic Centre
July 09 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
July 25 1:00 pm – 3:00 pmAugust 10 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
August 23 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
*Wilmot Aquatic Centre has child to guardian ratios and age restrictions for open swims. Contact Wilmot Aquatic Centre for more information: 519-634-9225.


Lyon Leisure Pool – Public Swim
July 04 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 08 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 11 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 15 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 18 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 22 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 25 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 29 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 01 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 05 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 08 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 12 5:00 pm – 8:00 pmVictor Davis Pool – Lane Swim
July 02 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
July 09 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
July 16 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
July 23 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
July 30 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

August 06 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

August 13 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
August 20 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Victor Davis Pool – Public Swim
July 05 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 12 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 19 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 26 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmAugust 02 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 09 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 16 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 23 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

West End Community Centre – Aquafit
July 06 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
July 13 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
July 20 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
July 27 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

August 03 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
August 10 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
August 17 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
August 24 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

West End Community Centre – Public Swim
July 03 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 10 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 17 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 24 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 31 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

August 07 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 14 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 21 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm



Earl Haig Family Fun Park
July 17 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

August 14 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 28 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre – Adult/Family Swim
July 08 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
July 22 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

August 12 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 20 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre – Aquafit
July 11 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

August 15 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre – Public Swim
July 02 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
July 16 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

August 13 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 20 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Woodman Park Pool
July 03 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
July 13 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
July 24 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

August 03 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
August 07 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
August 21 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Last chance to win your $4700 Prize Pack — A trip to Punta Cana for You & a Week of Summer Camp for your Child!


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I can’t believe it’s already June and if you haven’t already signed your child up for some fun summer camp experiences, don’ t delay! Many are almost at capacity so do it now before it’s too late. As a mom of three, I know from experience that summer camps offer amazing opportunities for children to try new and exciting things. I love the opportunities for personal growth, independence, confidence and the new friends and great memories they will keep forever. I am going to focus on the Inter Varsity Camp closest geographically to my home, the Circle Square Ranch in Brantford, Ontario. This camp is easy access to anyone living in southern Ontario and even from Toronto GTA is an easy hour long drive.
Circle Square Ranch & Pioneer Camps are proud members of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada which offers fabulous locations across Canada.  Circle Square Ranch provides an environment in which young people are able to grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically during their summer day camp experiences.
:ocated in Brantford, Ontario, just minutes from the city, the Brantford camp offers a surprising country oasis, located on a beautiful, rolling countryside. It offers great activities like horseback riding, wall climbing, zip line and archery.
Ranchers are encouraged to try new and exciting activities that are a great challenge and tons of extraordinary fun! New experiences are what camp is all about! Exploring the beautiful outdoors, lots of physical activity (sorry no video games or TV allowed), meeting new friends or connecting with old ones are a part of each fun-filled day at camp.
They offer a wide variety of camp sessions throughout the summer for children 6 – 16 years old. Their vast range of sessions makes Circle Square appealing to kids of all ages and interests. Ranchers participate in a variety of instructional and recreational activities based on their preferences. The overall Rancher to staff ratio for the camp is one staff member to four Ranchers.
  • Skate Park
  • Archery
  • Recreational Horseback Riding
  • Instructional Horseback Riding
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Climbing Tower
  • High Ropes Course
  • Low Ropes Course
  • 30 ft High Zipline
  • Mountain Boards
  • Swimming Pool
These are the various camp offerings based on age and interest so take a look and find the one that’s best for you!

Happy Diamond Jubilee to Queen Elizabeth II!

God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen
Send her victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.“

Like many Canadians, I am a Royal watcher and wish to acknowledge an amazing anniversary today. Queen  Elizabeth II is celebrating her 60th year on the throne. This is quite an achievement and shows tremendous dedication to service.

Her rise to Queen is actually quite amazing following a string of unexpected events. Most importantly was when her naughty playboy uncle David, known as King Edward the VIII, did the unthinkable by giving up his royal title for the love of his life, an American divorcee and commoner, Wallis Simpson. His decision was scandalous and caused a constitutional crisis in Great Britain. He was only King for 10 months (Jan 20 – Dec 11 1936) and since he was unmarried and had no children, his abdication left her father George VI, King and herself the Heir Apparent as she was the eldest and she had no brothers.

Queen Elizabeth’s  father Albert, known as George VI, reigned for from December 11 1936 until his untimely death on February 6, 1952 at the young age of 56. This thrust young Elizabeth into the spotlight at the tender age of 25.  Married to Prince Phillip at only 20, Princess Elizabeth was actually on a tour of Australia via Kenya with her husband when her father died and she rushed home to be declared Queen Elizabeth II upon touching British soil.


She ascended the throne on February 6, 1952 and was  crowned as Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories on June 2, 1953.

Today in Britain, four days of festivities are getting underway to honour the Queen’s ascension to the British throne 60 years ago. Various celebrations are taking place around the world to honour the occasion, including the recent visit by the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, who made high-profile appearances in three provinces late last month.

I can`t get enough of the Royals and was fortunate enough to be in Ottawa last July to see Prince William and his new bride Kate during the Canada Day celebrations. We waited patiently for 3 hours at the Canadian War Memorial to greet them at their first public appearance during their 10 day Canada tour and it was so worth it!  What a thrill it was seeing them smiling and waving at me a mere 2 feet away – it is a highlight and memory that my family will never forget. My son was even captured on the front page of the Globe & Mail in a photo showing their arrival. While he is just a tiny face in the crowd, but we can see him clearly in his red t-shirt and mop of blonde hair as he sat perched upon his father`s shoulders taking in the action.

This week, the Royals were all over the mainstream TV news with all kinds of interesting interviews and specials that I thoroughly enjoyed. Katie Couric hosted a wonderful 3-hour special that I hope they will rerun as it featured interviews with Prince William, Andrew, Philip and Harry and provided an indepth look in to their lives. I can`t get enough and enjoy this coverage which gives us a peek in to their lives.

If you are interested, expect to see highlight reels of 1000 boat floating procession down the Thames River led by a royal barge bearing the Queen, concerts featuring luminaries of the British music scene, fireworks and carriage rides await all those who care to join in what’s only the second diamond jubilee in British history. Monday there will be a ceremony at Buckingham Palace at which hundreds of beacons will be lit in honour of the occasion, as well as the concert featuring such stars as Paul McCartney, Elton John and Annie Lennox. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will also be in attendance.

Tuesday’s festivities include a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, followed by an official carriage procession through the city featuring the Queen and Prince Phillip. Celebrations will culminate with the entire royal family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for a 60-gun salute and a flyby by the Royal Air Force

So here`s to the Queen!

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