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Organizers for Thunder Bay Canada Day festivities include, from left, Gordie Garriock of the Fort William Rotary Club, Ash Young and Carlee Hankenson from the City of Thunder Bay, Emily Carr from Fort William Historical Park and Karen Marconi from Gateway Casino. They were on hand Tuesday at Mariners Hall to launch the list of festivities planned for Canada Day.

A Canada-versus-U.S.A. strongman competition is new this year for Thunder Bay’s Canada Day celebrations. The world-class lifting event for men and women from both sides of the border is among the many entertaining features that will draw crowds to Marina Park on Canada Day.

Ash Young, the cultural, development and events supervisor with the City of Thunder Bay, says there will be something for everyone at the free waterfront celebrations, which begin at 5 p.m. on July 1 and peak with a spectacular fireworks show at 11 p.m.

“We have a fantastic line up of performances and activities planned for all ages,” he said.

Headlining on the main stage is The Honest Heart Collective, a local band who has just released their new album, Grief Rights.

The waterfront will be the evening hot spot on Canada Day, but Fort William Historical Park will have plenty of fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are (beginning) earlier in the day, so it’s a great opportunity to spend a whole day with Canada Day celebrations starting out at the Fort,” said Emily Carr, the communications officer with Fort William Historical Park.

The Fort will host entertainment, canoe rides on the Kaministiquia River, axe throwing and historic-type activities.

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