There are still 153 days until Christmas, but those who can't wait that long can head over to Port Colborne, where a fun-filled festival of lights will get you into an early holiday spirit.
Every year, the town hosts Canal Days in honour of the historic Welland Canal, which runs through the town to connect Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. Residents of Port Colborne gather together to participate in the line-up of exciting events, which include a variety of concerts, live shows, fun challenges, lighthouse and museum tours, boardwalk activities, the 'Taste of Canal Days' and much more.
The main attraction of the festival is the Boat Parade of Lights, during which upwards of 20 boats will sail down the Welland Canal. Hosted by Sugarloaf Sailing Club and presented by Canada Steamship Lines, the boats are adorned with colourful lights and decorations, making it feel like Christmas in August.
The night ends with an epic fireworks display to light up the night sky, with specially designed fireworks to ensure a big and bright show that will be one to remember.
"Nothing can be more exciting than watching a storm of colours light up the skies during a fireworks show," reads the Canal Days event page. It’s a family tradition — a memory of when you were young. It’s also about bringing kids and parents together in that one magic moment when everyone leaves their cares behind."
Plan your visit to Canal Days, which starts this August 3! See the full schedule for Canal Days here.
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If you can't wait for a celebrity spotting while he's filming in Ontario this summer, there are a bunch of Zac Efron movies on Netflix Canada to hold you over and make sure you are super familiar with the actor before he arrives.
Efron is set to star in the upcoming film Firestarter, based on the Stephen King book, which is filming in Hamilton from May 25 to July 21 of this year, according to Ontario Creates.
Why You Need To Watch It: If you love true crime this one is for you. Zac Efron plays the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in this drama, which is based on a true story. The plot follow's Bundy's romance and relationship with a single mom named Liz.
Why You Need To Watch It: For this movie, the Franco brothers teamed up to tell the story of making the cult film The Room. The star-studded affair features Zac Efron as one of the actor characters and so many other big names like Seth Rogen and Alison Brie.
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Why You Need To Watch It: This is one of those films that features tons of celebrities and follows a bunch of intercepting storylines all taking place on, you guessed it, New Year's Eve. For Zac Efron's part, his character is on a mission to help Michelle Pfeiffer's character complete all her resolutions before the year is over.
Why You Need To Watch It: This flick from 2009 is the ultimate Zac Efron throwback to a time when he was still rocking that long-bangs look that was super popular back then. Plus, the plot involves a major time vortex, which is always fun!
Why You Need To Watch It: This movie remake of the iconic musical fell right in the middle of Zac Efron's High School Musical era and features him playing teen heartthrob Link Larkin with lots of singing and dancing to enjoy.
Why You Need To Watch It: While this one isn't a movie, this Netflix Original mini docu-series shows Zac Efron travelling the world, experiencing different cultures, and finding healthy and sustainable ways to live.