We celebrated Canada’s 151st birthday in Northwestern Ontario. I made arrangements to spend the day with old friends at Oscar’s Bay Beach. The beach is about 35 minutes away from my parents house in Rainy River, but it’s well worth the drive.
Back in the day, before this public beach was what it is today, it was where the graduating class typically went for Senior Skip Day. The beach itself was somewhat secluded and the area was overgrown which made for an ideal place to hide out for the day. Today the park is equipped with a nice playground, picnic tables, a shelter, and its very nicely kept. Everything you need for a day at the beach. The sandbar stretches out which makes things a tiny bit deceiving.
Despite the clouds in the sky, the water was warm and the kids had a blast. It was a great day!
Above – View of fireworks from Mom and Dad’s house
Below – Holy lightning that filled the sky!
Back in Rainy, the fireworks kicked off a little early as the local weather radar showed a storm was rolling in at 10pm. Around 9:30, lightning started to flash in the sky and a black sky rolled in. I have to admit it was kinda eerie. Just as we thought the fireworks would be cancelled, the show started. When the fireworks weren’t filling the sky, the lightning was. That was a definite first for us! When the firework finale approached, we ran for cover because the rain and wind came on hard. From indoors, the finale looked beautiful and once again, Rainy River has out some themselves.
Happy Birthday, Canada!