Saturday, July 2, 2011

Canada Day!

Hubby and I attended the first ever Bacon Festival for Canada Day at the Arva Flour Mill.
It was a perfect summer day enjoyed by many adults, children and dogs.

Arva Flour Mill

Arva Flour Mills, in Arva, Ontario, on the banks of the Medway Creek, is Canada's oldest continuously operating water powered flour mill and perhaps the oldest in North America.
A visit to the mill, first established in 1819, will reveal grinders, belt- driven from beneath the floor, with wooden shutes extending up between the rafters. Built with barter and a little cash on what was then Martins Creek, Canada did not exist and Arva, then called St John at the time, was just a small gathering of settlers in the British colony of Upper Canada.

The festival was held to help generate restoration money to make some very necessary repairs to the mill.

We enjoyed bacon on a bun, music and watching the children and dogs enjoy the sunshine and park like setting of the mill.  The public was allowed to go through the mill so I was able to take some pictures of the works inside.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate Canada Day!

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