Tay Canal 175 th Anniversary 2009


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Tay Canal 175th News

Note: Scheduled event news is included on the Events page.
    1. Hike the Tow Path and the Butterfy Garden
        On July 5th, there was a very successful hike down the historic Tay Canal Tow Path below Perth, which included crossing over the canal by Voyageur canoe and a tour of the Butterfly Garden in the Perth Wildlife Reserve.
        Click here for a slideshow.(click F11 key for full screen viewing).
        Pictures by Ernie Trischuk
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    2. Classic Boats
        The Trent-Severn and Manotick Classic Boats assembled at Beveridge Locks at 10:00am and arrived at Perth at about 11:00am. People were able to view these beautiful heritage boats at Beveridge Locks, the Perth Basin and Last Duel Park.
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        Pictures by David Parry and David Taylor
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    3. Rededication Service for Old Burying Grounds
        History was recreated on May 23 and 24 when the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry set up camp at Last Duel Park in Perth. In addition to their re-enactments, they participated in the Rededication Service for the Old Burying Grounds.
        Click here for slideshow of Rededication Service
        Pictures by Tay Canal 175 Steering Committee (click F11 key for full screen viewing).
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    4. Tay 175th Official Launch
        The Official Launch of the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary celebrations took place on May 16th. The launch, centered at the Crystal Palace on the Perth Basin, included the Farmer's Market, Parks Canada working exhibits, Kettle Boys, canoe/ kayak flotilla, Perth Pipe Band, Voyageur canoes, fiddle music, and much more. Participating in the opening ceremonies were Mayor John Fenik, MP Scott Reid, MPP Randy Hillier, Reeve Aubrey Churchill, Warden Paul Dulmage, and Rideau Canal Superintendent Gord Giffin.
        Click here for a slideshow of the event, with thanks to Ernie and Carol Trischuk (click F11 key for full screen viewing).
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    5. Tay Canal 175th Anniversary T-shirts
        People have been asking where they can acquire the trendy new Tay 175th T-shirts. They may be purchased at the Perth Museum (11 Gore St. East) and the Rideau Canal Museum in Smiths falls (34 Beckwith St. S.). They are available in turquoise, as shown, at a price of $15. Profits from the sale of these T-shirts will be used to help finance the Tay Canal 175th anniversary celebrations.
         
         
    6. Shoreline Naturalization Project
        On April 30th, the first phase of the Shoreline Naturalization Project was successfully carried out in Last Duel Park in Perth. The project is to be named the Wendy Laut Ribbon of Life to honour former Perth Deputy Mayor and environmentalist, Wendy Laut. It is to be a real-life demonstration of the value of shoreline naturalization and a lasting legacy of the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary celebration. Collaborators in this project include: Friends of the Tay Watershed, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Gill Hyland ~ HCG Common Ground, PDCI Environmental Program, Town of Perth and ecoPerth. A huge THANK YOU goes to all of the collaborators and particularly to the students in Greg Anderson's Enviro program who did so much of the work, with such great enthousiasm!!!
        Please click here for the slideshow.

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    7. Heritage Grant Received

        In January, organising the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary moved into high gear, with the news from the Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Hon. James Moore, that the Department had approved a contribution of $18,100 to the celebration. The funding, which is provided under the Program "Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage", assists communities in commemorating significant local historical events, through events promoting awareness of the anniversaries and supporting local artists and artisans. The Canadian Heritage contribution, joined with those received from the Town of Perth, Valley Heartland, Lanark County Tourism, Perth & District Chamber of Commerce, and the BIA, will enable the Steering Committee to support a range of celebration activities from April to September this year, marking the Tay Canal's beginning in 1834.
    8. Tay Canal Article
    9. Polar Plunge
        At the 2009 Polar Plunge in Perth on January 1, Barbara Halpin, of the Tay 175 Anniversary Steering Committee, presents awards to the 'first plunger', Jeanette Buker, on her 15th New Year's dip into the Tay, and to the plunger with the most pledges, Lianne King of Sacred heart School. The Polar Plunge 2009 was the first event of the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary celebrations this year. The awards were, appropriately, towels with a Tay Canal 175 monogram, donated by Ms. Halpin." The event raised $10,000 for the Friends of Murphy Point Park Archaeo Apprentice program.
        Click here for pictures.
    10. New Logo officially unveiled
    11. Logo Contest ~ click here for press release, registration form and Winning Entry
    12. Delegates from the World Canal Conference Visit Perth ~ click here


    13. The Mayor and Town Crier
      welcoming WCC delegates
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    14. Tay Canal Paddle & Shoreline Cleanup
        This event was one of several lead-in activities to the upcoming Tay Canal 175th Anniversary in 2009 and a recognition of the Canal's designation with the Rideau Canal system as a World Heritage Site, more information for which maybe found on the website: www.tayriver.org/tay175
        Click here for more information.
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Tay Canal 175 th Anniversary 2009