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A Message from the Mayor

July 2017 - Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

This July, as we continue Celebrating2017, as the Great Canadian Flag flies high on our waterfront, and as we bask in the glow of a thrilling Memorial Cup victory for The Windsor Spitfires ... we look forward to celebrating Canada Day with our annual Citizenship Ceremony, beginning at 9am in the atrium at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre presented by WFCU Credit Union. I invite you to join in welcoming our newest Canadian citizens and their families, in what has become a proud tradition in Windsor. Joining the festivities, Adventure Bay Family Water Park offers special admission rates, while both the Chimczuk Museum and the Art Gallery of Windsor offer free admission. What a special year to experience this event ... as we also celebrate Canada 150.

Our year-long initiative to mark Windsor’s 125th Birthday and the 150th Anniversary of Ontario and Canada continues in July with another all-ages Signature Event – The SESQUI Exhibition. From July 7 to 11, SESQUI brings a travelling mobile dome to our City. In partnership with Ontario 150, the SESQUI dome tour offers a truly immersive 360˚ experience of the film HORIZON, a cinematic journey across Canada and a visual symphony that celebrates the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home to us all. Seating is free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis from Noon to 10pm each day. See Canada in ways you’ve never seen it before. Visit www.sesqui.ca and celebrating2017.ca for more information.

Explore heritage this month at the Chimczuk Museum with the opening of Windsor in 1867 and 1967 – a Sesquicentennial Exhibition. This temporary exhibit helps mark our 125th Birthday and will be on display from July 1 through to December 31, 2017. The museum also offers the second of three Sandwich Heritage Walking Tours in partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor and the City’s Planning Department. Meanwhile, Willistead Manor opens its doors for the annual Summer Tours. Visit willistead.ca for up-to-date info on tour dates and times.

In June, we welcomed a delegation from our Sister City of Fujisawa, Japan in honour of the 30th Anniversary of our Sister City bond. In July, as part of our Canada Day festivities, we welcome delegations from five of our eleven other Sister Cities, including: Gunsan, South Korea; Mannheim, Germany; Las Vueltas, El Salvador; Changchun, China; and Ohrid, Macedonia. In a year of celebrating our heritage and identity, it’s an honour to host guests from cities around the world who enjoy a meaningful connection to Windsor, contributing to our multicultural fabric.

The summer season is in full swing. To find out about the events, activities and celebrations, visit celebrating2017.ca, citywindsor.ca and snapdwindsor.com, and check out the Activity Guide. Be sure to also check in on our Facebook page – Windsor Celebrating 2017 – for new campaigns and initiatives and updates to special celebratory community events all year long.

Whether you are looking to get involved in our summer camps, cool off at an outdoor pool, explore our parks, be entertained at a community festival (like SummerFest), find local eats and treats at the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8am to 1pm at Pelissier and Maiden Lane, or learn about our waterfront sculptures with a free Art Cart Tour ... there really are countless reasons to love the summer in our city. Whatever you do, however you enjoy the month, I encourage you to join with your family, friends and neighbours to keep Celebrating2017.

Thanks, again, to all the sponsors (including the Government of Canada and the Ontario 150 Fund), our partners and friends who work with us all year long to bring exciting activities, programs, events and opportunities to this community.

Mayor Drew Dilkens,

City of Windsor

 

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