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Canada 150 & Goderich 190 Celebrations

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2017 is not only the 150th anniversary of Confederation, but also the 190th anniversary of the founding of Goderich. To celebrate both our county and our community, there are many events planned for the year.
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Public Art Project

As part of our celebration, the Goderich Youth Council has partnered with the Goderich Public Art Committee for an interactive public art installation. We're asking the community to answer one simple question, "What makes you proud of Goderich?" You answer may be about the past, present or future. You can provide your answer by visiting

We also encourage that you post any photos of what makes you proud of Goderich with the "#MyGoderich" in the caption on Instagram of Facebook.



There are a number of events planned during late June and early July for the Canada 150 and Goderich 190 celebrations. New information will be added as it becomes available. If you have an event you would like to see on this listing, please send details to


June 24 - Goderich Children's Festival

This year's theme is "Happy Birthday Canada!" On Saturday, June 24th, from 10 am to 3 pm the Goderich Children's Festival will be at Memorial Arena, rain or shine for our 16th annual event! We would love to have you join us!

June 25 - Huron Multicultural Festival

Join us on Courthouse Square in Goderich on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 12 noon to 8 pm for the Huron Multicultural Festival.  Our Sesquicentennial theme for this year is "Celebrating Canada's Colours." This FREE festival is a celebration of diversity in Canada through music, dance, arts, food and customs from around the world!

June 26 - July 1 - What Canada Means to Me Displays

The patrons of the MacKay Centre for Seniors have put together a fascinating multimedia display that addresses the question "What does Canada mean to you?" Come by the MacKay Centre from June 26 - July 1 for the eclectic collection of art, writings, and artifacts that reflect our country and our community.

June 26 - July 1 - What Makes You Proud of Goderich Video Art Project

Community spirit is what makes Goderich such a vibrant community and great place to live. Tourism Goderich wants to share some of that spirit with the world. From June 26-July 1, we'll be out on the streets of Goderich, interviewing residents about why their community is so great; the end result with an interactive video presentation that will be shared with the world.

June 29 - Founder's Day

Goderich was founded on June 29, 1827, by John Galt, Tiger Dunlop, and other representatives of the Canada Company. To celebrate this anniversary a historical geocaching tour throughout Town has been created, with prizes available for those who manage to complete its challenges.

June 30 - Fireworks

The Canada Day Fireworks Display at the Goderich Waterfront is always a crowd pleaser, and we have a suitably spectacular show planned to mark this most portentous year.

July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations and Parade

In honour of the notable anniversaries in 2017, the theme of this year's parade is "Celebrate Canada & Goderich Through the Decades".  Join us in Courthouse Park for a day of festivities!

July 1 - Boat Parade

The spirit of the Canada Day parade does not stop at the shoreline! Come down to the Goderich Waterfront at 4 pm for the annual boat parade, brought to you by the Goderich Yacht Club.

July 1 - Kinsmen Canada Day Dance

The Goderich Kinsmen are celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2017. Join them at Memorial Arena for the Kinsmen Canada Day Dance from 8 pm - 1 am, featuring live music. Tickets are $10.00.

July 2 - 45th Annual Lions Beef Barbeque

2017 is also the 100th anniversary of Lions International! Come to Lions Harbour Park for the traditional community meal celebrating Canada Day! Don't forget to get your BBQ tickets from your friendly neighbourhood Lions member! Advance - $12.50; $15 - at the park; Children Under 12 - $7.00.

July 8 - Temperance Picnic and Ice Cream Social

The Huron County Museum is hosting from 1 - 4 pm, an old-fashioned "box social" with a twist. Enjoy ice cream & fruits, refreshments, lawn games, take-home crafts and a treasure hunt with prizes! Admission: $10.00 (cash only) per Adult with Kids under 12 ~ FREE (accompanied by an adult).  Proceeds to the Huron Women's Shelter.