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Canada Day in Westport

ID-10074641This year Canada Day falls on a Tuesday, so come to the village of Westport for a small town style celebration of our nation. The Canada Day celebrations in Westport this year are going to be amazing! Don’t miss out on any of the activities we’ve got planned for you!

The Bike Parade begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Rideau District Museum followed by a Canadian Celebration, music, children’s activities and the Grande Finale Fireworks at the Westport Lion’s Beach Club.


8th Annual Music Westport and Arts Market

Music Westport and Arts MarketThis year will be the 8th consecutive year of the Music Westport and Arts Market. There’s so much to see and do you need the weekend to take it all in. The weekend starts off at The Cove in Westport on Friday, August 15th, with the Music Westport Kick Off Party, featuring H’Sao from Montreal, an African Acapella/Dance Group.

On Saturday, August 16th, enjoy our local arts and music scene by taking in an outdoor concert or shopping in the arts market. In the morning watch our 3rd Annual Voice of The Rideau, The Cove’s local amateur vocal competition where you can cast your vote for this year’s winner.

This music festival features two outdoor stages: behind The Cove and beside Artemisia where you can listen to great Canadian bands play everything from rock’n roll to today’s contemporary country music. All the outdoor events are free, so tell your neighbours and bring your kids to spend the weekend with us in Westport.

To audition for the Voice of the Rideau download and complete the form, then come with your talent on July 19th to the North Crosby Hall from 10am-4pm and show the Westport Arts Council what you’re made of. This competition is open to all ages, no voice is too small to compete.

Events List
Voice of the Rideau Audition – Saturday, July 19, 10am-4pm
H’Sao Concert and Dance – Friday, August 15, 8-11pm, Tickets $10
Outdoor Concerts – Saturday, August 16, 12-6pm, FREE!

Westport Heritage Festival

HeritageFest LR 2014Saturday June 14, 2014 marks the 8th edition of the Westport Heritage Festival, a family-friendly festival where you can spend the day relaxing in the village. Our 700 residents love opening the town up to visitors and their families. Come out and enjoy the festival, kids can roam through the petting zoo and have their faces painted, you can take home a freshly made rhubarb strawberry pie.

Each June the picturesque village of Westport celebrates its small town charm and heritage with an all-day street festival where dozens of vendors sell art, crafts, unique one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious homemade food, it provides a chance to showcase the village charms to new people coming from Ottawa and Kingston.

Thacker recently said, “The event celebrates our success as a village and as a community. Westport is not immune to the ups and downs of the economy and what have you, but we persevere and are rewarded with a vibrant, vigorous village. Each year we marvel at the number of people that return. It’s been said before; nobody’s a stranger very long in Westport”.

Information Contact:
Nicki Thacker, Westport Heritage Festival – 613.273.4780; visit the Facebook page at

Seeley’s Bay Red Canoe Festival

Red Canoe FestivalThis coming May 17 come down to Seeley’s Bay for the Red Canoe Festival. There are a series of canoe and kayak events, fitness events, a fishing tournament, and tons of activities for the little ones.

Shop in the Red Canoe Open Marketplace, enjoy a pancake breakfast or meal at the Volunteer Firefighters BBQ.

So much to see and do, it’s going to be fun for the whole family! So don’t miss out, come to Seeley’s Bay and stay for the whole day.

Bowfin and Pike Tournament 6am-3pm
Kayak 101 Clinic 8-10:30am
Legion Pancake Breakfast 8:30-10:30am
Spring Back into Motion 9-10:30am
Fisheroo Silent Auction 9am-3:30pm
Kids and Cops Fishing 9am-noon
Red Canoe Fest Marketplace 9am-3:30pm
Antique Boat Display 9am-3:30pm
The Art of Paddle Making 9am-3:30pm
Adventure – Paddle Smart Interactive Demonstration 9:30am onwards
Paddling for Fitness 11am-12:30pm
Paddle Pursuit 11am-1pm
Silent Poker Run 1:30-3:30pm
Uncle Waldo’s Wacky Tacky Variety Puppet Show 11-11:40am & 2-2:40pm
Volunteer Firefighters Chicken BBQ 4:30pm
Harmoniacs Singalong Seely’s Bay Legion 7-9pm

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