The City of Dryden is working to celebrate Canada Day a little differently this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social gathering restrictions.

Community Services Manager Steve Belanger’s report to councillors during a virtual Committee of the Whole meeting earlier this week confirmed that the Canada Day fireworks show will be delayed.

Alternative dates for the fireworks festival include Labour Day, January 1, and Family Day in conjunction with the city’s annual Winterfest, but a final date won’t be decided upon until social distancing measures are completely lifted.

In the mean time, the city is exploring virtual events for July 1, such as Canada Day virtual photo submission activities, Canadian trivia, colouring contests, and dressing up your boat, pets, windows and homes in Canadian fashion.

As well, the city is also exploring hosting a mobile music show and a community fishing challenge, that would eliminate in-person contact through the use of a fishing application to record fish weights. The city is working with the Northwestern Health Unit on safety measures for the possible events.

The city adds that additional community partners, event ideas and feedback are always welcome through tourism@dryden.ca, or by calling the Community Services office at 807-223-1425 x 5.

Belanger’s report notes that the City of Dryden received $8,204 from Celebrate Canada, which provides municipalities with funding for Canada Day fireworks celebrations. The city is retaining a percentage of the funds to use for the fireworks show at a later date.

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Happy Canada Day 2019!