Kick off today's event this morning by heading over to Taste of Colombia at 67 Bronte Road for The Black History Bike Tour with Cycle Oakville. The group will meet promptly at 10:00am and will depart at 10:30am for a leisurely bicycle tour visiting sites in Bronte, Kerr Village and Downtown Oakville that have historic ties to the Underground Railroad. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate for the Emancipation Day Celebration. Download the tour map and have a great ride! Visit Cycle Oakville's event page for more information.
The Emancipation Day Celebration will take place after completion of The Black History Bike Tour on the Erchless Estate. If you are not enthusiastic about bike riding on a holiday weekend, no problem, you and your family can head over at 1:00pm to enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of music, dance, games, crafts and more celebrating Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad.
The event commemorates August 1, 1834; the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. Take your blanket and lawn chairs and a picnic lunch, or buy food from the Caribbean Food truck, and enjoy live musical performances by the lake. Some of the groups performing include; Tsingory Dance,The Hope Gospel Choir, Drums et al and Geraldine DeFoe.
For more information and directions to the Oakville Museum, visit: Oakville.ca