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Weekly Planner: July 9 to 15

Bethune Memorial House

Honour a Canadian hero at the July 11 re-opening of the Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site. The birthplace of doctor Norman Bethune, known for his work as a field surgeon and educator in China and Spain, and for inventing the mobile blood transfusion unit, boasts a brand new 3,500-square-foot visitors’ centre complete with exhibits detailing Bethune’s life and contemporary relevance.

Sate your urge to live life as they did in the olden days by attending the Muskoka Pioneer Power Show. Running July 13 to 15 at Bracebridge’s J.D. Lang Activity Park, the event showcases all manner of antique tractors, automobiles, blacksmiths’ equipment and more. There’s also pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, a Saturday evening barn dance, and a town crier competition on Sunday.

Gravenhurst Triathlon weekend runs (and bikes, and swims) July 14 and 15. Cheer on all the competitors in six events, including the Olympic-distance race taking place on Saturday

Cultural variety is the name of the game on the night of July 14—that’s when the region’s second annual Nuit Blanche North event brings all manner of buskers, art installations, street theatre and more to downtown Huntsville. Part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, this is a night that’s not to be missed!

Take the young’uns to idyllic Wood’s End Studio on July 14 and 15 for its inaugural Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The event offers all sorts of fun and frolicking—face painting, a fish pond, teddy-making demonstrations, a costume parade and more. Families are also invited to bring a lunch to eat in the lovely gardens.

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