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Northern communities opt for drone shows on Canada Day

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Timmins and Greater Sudbury have switched their plans for Canada Day. Instead of fireworks, residents will get to see a drone show.

“It’s not to say that we didn't want to do fireworks, but we had talked last year about doing something a little bit different,” said Karen Bachmann, Timmins Museum curator.

“Last year we didn't have a fireworks show because there were fire restrictions at the time, and we thought, we really don't want to be involved in that kind of scenario again this year.”

The celebration in Timmins will take place from 7-10 p.m. at Gillies Lake. Residents are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the show, DJ and food vendors.

Bachmann said the cost of the show is the same as the fireworks display.

In Sudbury, Science North will host city’s first drone show, which is set to highlight the community and culture of Sudbury.

“Science North’s purpose is to inspire all people to interact with science in the world around them, and this cutting-edge technology does just that,” said spokesperson Julia Aelick.

Modern, eco-friendly

“Switching to a drone show is a more modern, eco-friendly alternative to traditional fireworks. It eliminates the air and noise pollution associated with pyrotechnics, significantly reducing our environmental impact. Plus, introducing drones in our celebration allows us to confidently continue our show with or without fire bans.”

North Star Drone shows will be putting on the displays in both communities.

“I just invite the people to come and see our show,” said North Star Drone president Patrice Guy.

“We've been putting a lot of work in the preparation of it, and if you like it, (let) the organizers (know). They're taking a risk in switching to drones. So let them know that you're there to support them.”

Guy said like fireworks would have to be cancelled if winds are too strong or rain is too heavy.

Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay will go ahead with traditional firework displays.

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