Canada Day scores high in the hearts of Deux-Montagnes residents
Young members of the local branch of the Canada Naval League make their way along Deux-Montagnes’ Oka Rd. on their way to Central Park during the Canada Day celebration.
Martin C. Barry

A perfect ten. If the people of Deux-Montagnes were scoring the Canada Day they had this past July 1, that would almost certainly be the number.

For not only was the weather sunny, but there wasn’t even a hint of the mid-afternoon thunderstorm activity that has plagued many a Canada Day celebration in the North Shore region in the past.

Great day for Canada

“A super day,” Deux-Montagnes city councillor Michel Mendes said in an interview with the North Shore News. “Everybody’s in a pretty good mood. Nothing can go wrong today.”

This year the Canada Day festivities organizing committee decided to pay homage to the city’s directors of police (Patrick Denis), fire (Norbert Vendette) and public works (Jean Fayomi) for the key role they played this past spring in saving Deux-Montagnes from a recurrence of the flooding that swept through the area two years ago.

Canada Day scores high in the hearts of Deux-Montagnes residents
Deux-Montagnes’ director of public works (Jean Fayomi) and police (Patrick Denis) hand out flags to a well-wisher along the Canada Day parade route.

The weather cooperated

It was Deux-Montagnes 48th annual Canada Day celebration. (Just two years to go before a really big 50th anniversary bash for the country’s birthday on July 1 2021.) “The weather’s helped out and is looking really good,” said longtime event MC Tom Whitton.

Carly Leblanc, a lifelong Deux-Montagnes resident and recent Lake of Two Mountains High School graduate, performed the country’s national anthem on the steps of city hall, as well as later on stage in Central Park.

Canada Day scores high in the hearts of Deux-Montagnes residents
Mayor Denis Martin and five out of six city councillors make their west on Oka Rd. on Canada Day.

Thanks to Parade Marshalls

“Today we are very happy to be able to honour our parade marshals, people from Deux-Montagnes who worked so very hard this past spring,” said Mayor Denis Martin, addressing the crowd in Central Park from the stage at the beginning of the festivities.

“The whole team did a fantastic job on the floods. I think this year we were prepared. And we had a good team to get the job done during 30 days and nights. I can’t say just how grateful we all are.” The mayor noted that the city’s director-general, Benoit Ferland, also played a key role, although Ferland could not be present on Canada Day as he was travelling outside the country.