Central Elgin councillors approved several events and tourism-related matters at a late May meeting:
Port Stanley Harbour Tours received approval to expand its tourism operation this season. Tony Brooks’ popular pontoon boat rides in and around Port Stanley Harbour will be complemented through a partnership with Derek Niles’ Orange Force Marine, offering jet boat rides and fishing charters.
A special event permit for the 2022 Belmont Canada Day Celebration has been approved. Featuring lunch, face painting, games, a decorated bicycle parade and a fireworks display, the event will be held on Friday, July 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Belmont Community Centre.
“It’s been quite a while since we had Canada Day celebrations in Belmont,” said Mayor Sally Martyn. Added Ward 5 Councillor Fiona Wynn: “Life almost seems a little normal when we have things like this. It will be great to celebrate it.”
Councillors approved a special event permit for the Port Stanley Village Association’s Second Annual Harbour Hustle, a two-kilometre walk and five-kilometre run event to be held on Saturday, September 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Gujarati Culture Hindu Centre of Western Ontario’s request to hold a Festival of Colours on Port Stanley Main Beech has been approved by council. The festival will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Joe Konecny, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express