This past weekend, the Rideau Canal Festival celebrated the 180th anniversary of the famed waterway. The festival held a number of events to commemorate the designated UNESCO World Heritage site, including a Parade of Lights at Dow's Lake on Saturday. Boats large and small decorated with lights circled the lake on a beautiful summer's night. Centretown News caught a ride on the Carpe Diem and spoke with its owner and festival board member, Laszlo Szabo, about the parade.
Sparks Street was alight with smiles and flames as street performers dazzled the public with their tricks. People gathered in crowds up and down the pedestrian street as performers ate fire while others played music on unconventional instruments. Small children and parents alike were dazzled and amazed as entertainers from all over the world made Sparks Street their stage.
The Rideau Canal Festival’s fireworks display, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, has been cancelled due to dry, drought conditions in the city.
The Somerset Community Police Centre at 393 Somerset St. will move to City Hall in early September.