A lively Canada Day in Hantsport

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 1, 2014

Nothing draws a crowd to Hantsport quite like Canada Day. And July 1, 2014 was no exception.

There was a full lineup of activities planned to keep visitors of the Haven of Hospitality entertained from the pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. through to the grand finale fireworks at 10 p.m.

Spectators lined the streets for both the children's and grand street parades, and the revitalized Arnold Robertson Two Mile Race and Dick Beazley Memorial Six Mile Race both attracted more than 40 runners.

View a slideshow of photos from the day here.

New this year, the Haven of Hospitality's downtown core became an epicentre of activity when the town played host to a strongman competion following the grand street parade. Spectators crowded in around Main Street as the competitors attempted such feats as pulling a 20,000-pound truck a distance of 75 feet in the least amount of time.

Mayor Robbie Zwicker says Hantsport is fortunate to have a reputation of being a community that goes all out for Canada Day year after year. It's a long-standing tradition that Zwicker, 41, remembers looking forward to as a kid growing up in Hantsport.

“Hantsport comes alive,” he says. “Every year I've been here it's been a big deal.” Zwicker sees the Canada Day celebration as a custom that will survive changes that may occur if the Hantsport's township is dissolved, and the community becomes a village or smaller part of a larger municipality.

“I see no reason for it not to. The community puts this on, the community does this.”