Annual Fresh Water Summit Festival returns to Coboconk on June 18

The annual Fresh Water Summit Festival returns to Coboconk on June 18, celebrating local history, recognizing the value and importance of fresh water and featuring plenty of fun activities for children, community displays, food and a free evening concert with The Darren Hancock Band.

After a two-year hiatus, the community is coming together once again in Coboconk for Canada’s Fresh Water Summit Festival.

Taking place June 18 on the northern point of Balsam Lake, the Summit Festival is more than just a fun gathering. It is a celebration of history and recognition of the value and importance of fresh water.

Most importantly it is also a celebration of community and the opportunity to come together again.

Designated by Parks Canada in 2009, the Coboconk wharf on Balsam Lake, in the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway, is officially recognized as Canada’s highest body of fresh water from which one can circumnavigate the world by boat. This means anyone can reach all four oceans, starting in Coboconk, without ever touching land.

While there are two higher global navigable rivers, Balsam Lake is the only spot that gives the skipper the choice to go east to the Atlantic Ocean, west to the Pacific Ocean, south to the Caribbean Sea, or north to the Arctic Ocean.

After the Coon Rapids Dam, Mississippi River in Upper Mississippi — which is considered the limit of commercial navigation — and the Danube River where it connects with the Rhine-Main Danube Canal in Kelheim Bavaria, Germany, the next highest point of fresh water in the world is Balsam Lake.

The festival begins with free family fun, featuring artisans and community displays, local author meet-and-greets, food trucks and Kidzone activities such as Zoo to You, games and face painting at the Lion’s Park from 11 am to 4 pm

Everyone is invited back that evening for a Party in the Park from 7 to 11 pm This is a licensed event with live music by The Darren Hancock Band. Admission is free this year.

The celebrations wrap up with an outdoor multi-faith service held in Lions Park on Sunday at 11 am

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