The Royal Swans return

2017Aug PHOTO SwansBy John Dance

The Royal Swans were released back to Brantwood Park on June 24. Brantwood Park is often the site of the swans’ release from their extended winter captivity because of the park’s quiet and gentle shoreline.

The return of the swans marked two milestones: Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the original Royal Swans that were gifted to the City by Queen Elizabeth II, in celebration of Canada’s Centennial year in 1967.

Mayor Jim Watson took the occasion to call for permanent funding of the swan program as he noted the importance of the birds and the futility of suggesting that the swans be axed in annual budget deliberations.

Photo by John Dance

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