Sudbury kayakers take to floating seats to watch fireworks

One of the best seats to watch fireworks in Sudbury on Canada Day may not be on land.
A group of kayakers in Sudbury will take to Ramsey Lake to watch the fireworks on July 1. The paddlers will have glowsticks attached to their paddles, which will appear to look like fireflies on the water. (Sudbury Canoe Club)

Many people will be looking to the sky on Canada Day to catch the spectacle of fireworks.

In Sudbury, fireworks displays are held at by Ramsey Lake at Science North.

Sometimes, with all the activity, it can become pretty crowded and it can be hard to find a good spot to sit or stand to take in the show.

Norman Lafleur, who is with the sea kayak section of the Sudbury Canoe Club, says he and his group will be hitting the water July 1 at 8 p.m. to watch the fireworks that will be ignited over Ramsey Lake. (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

One of the best seats may not be on land, however.

Norman Lafleur, who is with the sea kayak section of the Sudbury Canoe Club, says he and his group will be hitting the water July 1 at 8 p.m. to watch the fireworks.

Lafleur and his group will don safety equipment and lights and then paddle to the island, then to Science North. They will put glow sticks on their paddles, so the group will look like fireflies on the water as they paddle around.

Once the fireworks are over, Lafleur said they will return using the shoreline as a guide, as it will be completely dark by then.

Lafleur said the group has been watching the fireworks from the lake for about five years — although they had to cancel last year because the weather wasn’t suitable for being out on the water.

When the paddlers go out, he said there is usually plenty of traffic on Ramsey Lake. So they park on shoreline, nestle in, and watch the fireworks from there.

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