Highlight Centennial Celebrations

10,000 Welcome Voyageurs at Campbells Bay

by The Ottawa Journal Staff

CAMPBELLS BAY (Special) -- Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of about 10,000 spectators who lined the banks of the Ottawa River Sunday to welcome the Centennial Voyageurs as they arrived right on schedule at 4 p.m.

It was their first landing in Québec. The Voyageurs with 3,010 miles behind them now have only 190 miles to go.

The hardy paddlers left here at 9 a.m. today to continue the trip to Expo. Their water journey was interrupted by two portages, one at Bryson and one at Portage du Fort.

Photo credit: © "Expo 67 Official Guide"


Tonight they will arrive in Arnprior and late Tuesday afternoon they are due in Ottawa.

The Voyageurs were met here Sunday by boats, motor launches and a barge filled with local officials and dignitaries. The paddlers then pulled up to the river bank and went to their respective provincial flags.

After resting a few minutes they gave a display of paddling skills, followed by a sprint.

The Voyageurs were then presented with a $300 donation by the Campbell's Bay Centennial committee.

In the race across Canada standings to date are: Manitoba, in first place, followed by British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Québec, North West Territories, the Yukon and Nova Scotia.


Sunday also saw the windup to Old Home Week with three full days of centennial celebrations.

The affair had everything from a gigantic parade to a greasy pig contest, from a centennial ball to a crosscut sawing contest.

Friday was youth day.

Saturday was Old Tyme Day commencing with a pancake breakfast. Sunday saw people of five faiths join together for morning church service on the centennial grounds with music provided by the Shawville Brass Band.

Activities throughout the weekend were presided over by Campbell's Bay centennial Queen, 18-year-old princess Jo Anne Smith.

Activities ended Sunday with a huge fireworks display.

Winners of competitions were: Crosscut sawing -- Gerald Lamothe and L. Smith; railway tie spiking -- Bill Clark; barrel rolling -- John Lawn and Romeo Gravelle; wheelbarrel racing -- Dennis Lariviere, horse shoe pitching -- Bill Walsh: greasy pig contest -- Wally Crawford, Jimmy Ringrose and Wayne Cole.

Parade winners: Beachburg Fair Float won first prize. Campbell's Bay Homemakers. 2nd; Pontiac County Council 3rd.

Ladies costume judging: Mrs. Basil Baily of Quyon.

- End of article. Copyright by The Ottawa Journal, August 28, 1967. All rights reserved.