Antique and classic boats, along with disappearing propeller boats (dippys), made for a grand and nostalgic display on July 15th, as they made their way from Campbellford to Hastings, in celebration of Canada 150 and the connection of the Trent River to the community’s heritage. In all, 34 of these restored classic craft made the journey up the Trent, from Campbellford to Hastings.
The day began with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Campbellford Rotary Club, and displays and activities in Old Mill Park by partners, including the Campbellford and District Curling and Racquet Club, Lower Trent Conservation, Parks Canada and stand up paddle board displays.
Hundreds of people gathered in the park and along the route to view these beautifully restored boats as they made their way. The flotilla arrived in Hastings later in the day to events hosted by the Hastings Revitalization Association, including a barbecue and live entertainment.
The previous evening the boaters were welcomed to the community and treated to a reception and entertainment at the Campbellford Curling Club.