Lake Ontario Flooding forces 2017 Children’s Festival move

High water levels also impacting event permits for lakeside parks

Lake Ontario Flooding, Oakville, Ontario
Lake Ontario Flooding forces 2017 Children’s Festival move
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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As a result of Lake Ontario flooding at Coronation Park, the Town of Oakville is relocating the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival to the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We don’t expect lake levels to recede until mid-summer which means Coronation Park will likely experience more flooding in the coming weeks,” said Sarah Douglas-Murray, senior manager of Cultural Services. “Unfortunately there is not enough dry space in the park to accommodate all the festival activities and we’ve determined that QEPCCC offers the best alternative location.”

About Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

The move to QEPCCC, located at 2302 Bridge Road, will not impact the Children’s Festival line-up of free entertainment designed to encourage children and families to explore and discover arts and culture. All the event details including special guests, performances and activities will be announced early next week.

How Lake Ontario Flooding affects Oakville

Wet conditions in Coronation Park, Bronte Heritage Park, Lions Valley Park and Gairloch Gardens have also impacted permitted events booked over the next few weeks such as wedding photo shoots and picnics. Town staff are working with permit holders to reschedule or relocate their events. While lakefront parks remain open and accessible to the public, some areas are cordoned off with caution tape or fencing due to ponding water and saturated ground conditions.

Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to respect the yellow caution tape and temporary fencing. They are placed to protect the public from unstable grounds close to the Lake Ontario shoreline, as well as potential high waves.

Canada Day celebrations will remain in Bronte Heritage Park. The town is working with the Bronte Business Improvement Association to make any necessary adjustments to activities that may be impacted by further Lake Ontario flooding.

Residents are encouraged to visit for the latest updates on closures or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or


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