Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Marks Canada Day and Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with Official Visits to Five Municipalities

Toronto, July 6, 2022. Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell marked the Canada Day weekend celebrations with visits to Petawawa, Merrickville-Wolford, Prescott, Ottawa, and Carleton Place.

Petawawa 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Lieutenant Governor visited Garrison Petawawa, where she was able to meet with the veterans of Operation UNIFIER and thank them for their service in Ukraine. Her Honour then made an official visit to the Town of Petawawa, where she joined His Worship Mayor Bob Sweet and community leaders in celebrating the town’s 25th anniversary. Her Honour and Mayor Sweet broke ground on a new welcome station along the Algonquin Trail, which received the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Economic Development Excellence, and planted a tree to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Merrickville-Wolford Canada Day Celebration

The Lieutenant Governor marked Canada Day with an official visit to the historic village of Merrickville-Worlford, voted Canada’s most beautiful village. Her Honour met with His Worship Doug Struthers, Mayor of Merrickville-Wolford, and joined in the Canada Day parade and festivities, providing remarks during the celebration.

Prescott Platinum Jubilee Garden

The Lieutenant Governor continued the Canada Day celebration outside of the town of Prescott where she officially opened the Queen’s Garden at an event hosted by the Canada Truffle Association. Located in Puck’s Garden, the garden features a truffled Bur oak, known for its longevity planted in tribute to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and in honour of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s interest in black truffles.

Ottawa Aberdeen Heritage Festival

The Lieutenant Governor made a visit to Ottawa to attend the Aberdeen Heritage Festival. Her Honour was welcomed by His Worship Jim Watson, and a fanfare from the trumpeters of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. Her Honour later unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the 30th Anniversary of the saving of the Aberdeen Pavilion from demolition and enjoyed a performance from the Carleton University Choir. The visit concluded with a viewing of the historical displays inside the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Carleton Place Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting

The weekend visits ended with an official visit to Carleton Place where the Lieutenant Governor joined His Worship Mayor Doug Black, to plant a tree in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Her Honour also toured the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, visited St. James Anglican Church, and joined a community reception. The planting of trees is a part of Her Majesty’s Green Canopy initiative, which invites people across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to plant trees honouring the Queen’s seventy years of service.