On Friday July 29th, the InfoSuperior Team trekked from Thunder Bay, ON to Nipigon, ON to attend the Celebrate Nipigon Festival. This year’s festival was an amalgamation of three different annual events – the Paddle to the Sea Jubilee, Blueberry Blast, and artESCAPE. We managed to make it for the Paddle to the Sea Jubilee.
This year’s Paddle to the Sea Jubilee marked 75 years of the beloved children’s book, now celebrated with an annual festival and an ever-expanding park of the same name. This year, Nipigon was proud to
present its latest installation for the Paddle to the Sea Park – a splash pad. The splash pad had been a part of the park plans since approximately 2011-2012, and received funding in early 2016.
At noon, local and provincial dignitaries from the Trillium Foundation, Canada 150, and city council gathered to unveil the splash pad. After a few short speeches and a ribbon-cutting, MP Michael Gravelle invited three-year-old AJ Nayanookeesic to the splash-pad. Nayanookeesic participated in a contest where children draw pictures of the splash pad, and his name was drawn to give the button its inaugural push to start the splash pad’s festivities. When Nayanookeesic hit the button, children flooded the splash pad to cool off in 30 degree heat.
Next to the town hall, all of Third Street was closed off for vendors, information, and activity booths to celebrate. The day featured artisan craft sellers, food vendors, origami, carnival games and children’s activities, a yoga demonstration by Dawn Conci, free cake, and summer tunes on the stereo system.
We were happy to set up shop and chat with locals about the North Shore Remedial Action Plan and their environmental concerns. Thanks to the township of Nipigon for the festivities, and thanks if you stopped by to say hello!
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