There are a lot of communities in the Greater Sudbury Area, each with their own unique traditions and celebrations. Capreol, home of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre (NORMHC), is one of the most vibrant Greater Sudbury towns I have ever visited! You will be blown away by the hospitality and stories of the locals – not the mention the amazing food at M&R Grill.

Perhaps this biggest event of the year in this beautiful community is Capreol Days, a family friendly event that runs from July 29-31. The festival takes over the town, with most of the activities focused on Main Street. There will be food, drinks, music, vendors, local entertainment and of course, some train themed fun!

One of the highlights of this festival is the Little Obie Train (pictured left). It’s all aboard on Saturday as you tour the town in the little train, a truly unique experience for kids and adults alike. If you enjoy Little Obie, take a tour of the full sized engines and train cars at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum. You will feel like you have travelled back in time with the artifacts and exhibits, all carefully restored with award winning attention to detail.

The festivities start on Friday with the Mad Hatter’s Garden Tour of more than seven new gardens in the area. The Downtown Festival on Saturday starts at 9:30 a.m., and activities will take place until 8:00pm when the evening entertainment begins (River Valley will be performing at the Legion). You can spend the day enjoying face-painting, pony rides, crafts, a dunk tank, bouncy house, scavenger hunt, blueberry pie eating contest, and so much more!

There will be a number of local vendors at the festival including local authors – such as Matthew DelPapa (pictured below) author of The Legend of Capreol Red, Green Eyes Through Capreol, and Creepy Capreol - who will be signing books on Saturday.

On Sunday, you can kick it old school with three-legged races, egg races, and other themed activities at Centennial Field. Barbeques will be available for anyone to cook their own food, and you can also head to Our Lady of Peace Church for a pasta dinner! Tickets for both the Garden Tour and pasta dinner are available at Lynn's Place.

The focus of this festival is on celebrating community through family-friendly activities. Everyone is involved in making it fun and entertaining, and you are sure to feel at home in Capreol this weekend! For a full schedule of events, check out the Capreol Days Facebook Page.

- Maggie Sheehan, Sudbury Tourism summer student


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