The rich, natural resources found in Port Hardy are the inspiration for the large celebration held in the third weekend in July. Taking place mainly in Carrot Park Filomi Days acknowledges the fishing, logging and mining industries which bring prosperity to the Port Hardy region.
This special event is perfect for families as well as the kid-at-heart, with many festivities taking place over the weekend. Start your day with the sounds and spectacle of the Filomi Days Parade. With marching bands, clowns, big rig trucks and a fire engine spraying the kids with water, the parade is a favourite of children young and old. Entertaining activities for children include fundraising concessions, a dunk tank, balloons and clowns, pony rides, petting zoos, and soap box races. There’s something for everyone, including dances for a variety of age groups throughout the weekend.
For the adult crowd there are craft sales and bake sales, beer gardens and watermelon eating contests. There’s also a fishing derby to test your angling skills and a Filomi Days boat building contest. This hilarious event is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Watch as locals build boats and put them to the test, and then frantically bail them out when they fail to float. This hilarious event is sure to be a hit with your family!
The perfect conclusion to the Filomi Days festivities is a spectacular fireworks display. Carrot Park is the favourite place to set up fort the evening’s show, and to relax after a fun-filled day in Port Hardy.
If you’re travelling in the summer, the residents of Port Hardy honour the local First Nations on Aboriginal Day, June 21st. In July, the Canada Day celebration at Storey’s Beach starts the summer off with a bang. Held on the beach and featuring a parade, outdoor activities and displays, it gives locals and guests the opportunity to celebrate Canada’s birthday in a unique way.
In the fall, with the beautiful deciduous leaves changing from green to auburn and ginger, take a walk along the seawall at Carrot Park. The famous “Pumpkin Walk”, held in November, lines the sidewalk with illuminated pumpkins carved by locals. The haunting orange glow makes for an enchanting and spooky venture, and after dark, the pumpkins are judged for the best carving. Port Hardy is a lively community; with special events and activities held seasonally and annually, it keeps visitors coming back year after year.