We awoke to a beautiful day in Huntsville, Canada Day 2012. The first thing on our agenda was to attend a Citizenship Ceremony to welcome in 20 new citizens. This was a relatively simple ceremony chaired by a Canadian Sikh Judge with a very dry sense of humour. It was performed without too much pomp but still retained the message about what it is to be Canadian and the honour afforded them. I felt a strong sense of pride and it made me reflect on what it is to be Australian, in fact I even felt a little homesick.
Like we celebrate Australia Day in our community, national colours were everywhere. Red and white adorned shirts, faces, ankles, arms on kids and parents alike. A Jazz band in the main street helped create a happy atmosphere.
Huntsville is a beautiful town which attracts many people from Toronto. It is interesting to note 62% of the houses are owned by non residents. From an Australian perspective it is a bit like what Daylesford is to Melbourne, except dare I say it the waterways going through the middle of the town add a wonderful element and atmosphere. This vibrant town has a really good sense of community about it.
We also attended an event put on by the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. They provided pipe band music and entertainment for the kids, bbq lunch and roast dinner.
The final event for us was a community sponsored event held at the Brunel Locks. The locks were completed in the late 1800’s and have been very well preserved.
I hope the photos convey to you what the day and experience was like.