Thousands of people gathered on Parliament Hill to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary yesterday, but there was more than one hitch in the massive celebration.
Would-be revellers waited in lines — often for hours — as they funnelled through security checkpoints, with some people missing the show entirely.
Those who did make it to the Hill were soaked by an early morning downpour that turned into sticky afternoon heat.
And during a portion of his Canada Day speech where he rhymed off the provinces and territories, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conspicuously forgot one — Alberta.
And in Guelph, police say Riverside Park was packed with residents celebrating the occasion. They say the crowds were well behaved, for the most part, with no major incidents reported.
Meantime, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have capped off a whirlwind royal tour that took them from Iqaluit to Ottawa in just a few days.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were on Parliament Hill Saturday to join the festivities for Canada 150.
Earlier in the day, the Governor General invested Prince Charles as an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada.
The royal couple were on board a Canadian Forces Airbus as it took off from a soggy nation’s capital Saturday evening.
And, some 150 Ontarians are enjoying Canadian citizenship this weekend.
They took the oath at the legislature on Canada Day.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand to watch the ceremony.
She said the greatest strength of Ontario is the diversity of its people.