Petrolia celebrates 156 years of Canada


Heather Wright and Blake Ellis/Local Journalism Initiative photos

Kids were having a blast at the annual fishing derby in Bridgeview Park. Chloe Brooks shows off the fish her two-year-old son, Ryan caught and four-year-old Alistar Trembelas of Oil Springs and his Uncle Caleb Gillard of Tilbury were two of many set up along the banks of the water at Bridgeview Park.

Emily Laker of Petrolia’s Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Volunteer Dylan Klumpenhouwer were flipping pancakes over a hot griddle for the Royal Canadian Legion’s pancake breakfast.

The parade through the downtown was a hit. The Cookie Lady, Karen Wilson (bottom left) was dressed for the day as was Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu. The town’s summer staff we’re showing their Canadian pride on the town gator. The Scouts brought their giant Canadian flag to the parade.The Petrolia/North Enniskillen firefighters had a cute helper waving to the crowd at the parade. Petrolia Councillor Chad Hyatt was convinced to join the bed races at Greenwood Park. 

Rock Accordionly helped rock Greenwood Park Canada Day as Petrolia marked the country’s 156 birthday with something for everyone. Jan Matthews and Owen Hackett, 9, were tossing a water balloon as the band played.

And Greenwood Park was filled as dusk fell to watch the fireworks.