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(Top left) Best Overall: Alex & Audrey MacPhee; (Bottom left) Most Creative: Kathy Toole & Chester Remley; (Right) Darren & Kate Dawson

Thank you to all those who participated in our second annual Christmas Decorating Contest. It was an enjoyable evening for Council representatives to drive around our beautiful community of Clyde River and Dunedin to enjoy all the Christmas displays.

The following are our 2021 winners:

  • Best Overall: 672 Clyde River Road – Home of Alex and Audrey MacPhee
  • Children’s Favorite: 991 Linwood Road – Home of Darren and Kate Dawson
  • Most Creative: 8 Clyde River Road – Home of Kathy Toole and Chester Remley

Season’s Greeting and all the best for 2022 from the Council of the Rural Municipality of Clyde River.

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2020 contest winner

The second annual Christmas Decorating Contest for Clyde River and Dunedin will be held Wednesday, December 15th. No application necessary, just make sure you have your outdoor light display on between 6:00 pm and 8:00 for judging. Prizes will be for Best Overall, Most Creative and Children’s Favourite.

The winners will be posted on this website. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Wood at clydesheep95@gmail.com .


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Best Overall winner – 891 Bannockburn Road

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s “Let’s Light it Up” Christmas Decorating Contest. Clyde River and Dunedin residents outdid themselves with holiday cheer. There were many beautiful displays, so it was challenging to choose winners. We certainly recommend that you take time to drive around the community to take in the sights. The following are our 2020 winners:

  • Best Overall: 891 Bannockburn Road – home of Joel and Cathy Mills
  • Most Creative: 15 Gass Lane – home of Dane and Beth Woodford
  • Children’s Favourite: 6 Circle M – home of Duane Curtis

Season’s Greetings and all the best for 2021, from the Council of the Rural Municipality of Clyde River.

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Christmas Decorating Contest

2020 will be a year to remember. Let’s do our best to celebrate this holiday season and spread some cheer. We are inviting all residents of Clyde River and Dunedin to light up the community. The Christmas Decorating Contest will take place on Wednesday, December 16th. Just make sure to have your outdoor light display on between 6:30 and 9:00 pm to be judged for the competition. Prizes will be awarded for the “Best Overall”, “Most Creative” and “Most Outlandish”. No entry form is required.

The winners will be posted on this website. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Wood at clydesheep95@gmail.com

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The Clyde River Baptist Church is hosting a Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday evening, December 24th at 7:00 p.m.

All are warmly welcome.

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Clyde River Baptist Church

All are welcome to attend upcoming Christmas season events in Clyde River:

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.  – The Clyde River Baptist Church will host a Community Christmas Party at the Riverview Community Center. There will be carol singing, a few games, a light snack and a visit from Santa. Come visit with your friends and neighbours. There will be no gift exchange this year. Storm date is Friday, Dec. 7th.

Sunday, Dec. 16th, 7:00 p.m. – Special service at the Clyde River Baptist Church, “The Carols We Love,” a night of song and fellowship. Cookies and cider will be served afterwards.

Monday, Dec. 24th, 6:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve by Candlelight Service at the Clyde River Baptist Church.

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The Clyde River Baptist Church is hosting two special services this Christmas season:

Sunday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m. – An Evening in December – An inspirational evening of Christmas music and readings featuring Jason Cormier and Wilma Hanscome.

Sunday, December 24th, 6:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Family Gathering

All are warmly welcome.

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img_5223“We don’t really have much of a winter before January.” Newcomers from other provinces and countries say we told them this when they moved here. As they confront us this week, we look a little sheepish and our lips are pursed ever so slightly.

What they don’t know is we Islanders can be in some amount of denial about the weather ourselves, like it’s actually part of our identity. We brag about the sunny days and downplay the squalls. We even deflect the discussion to storms occurring in other places. “Yes, but did you see the weather they are having in Vancouver?”

We only really discuss it truthfully among ourselves. In fact, we don’t even have to discuss it. It’s communal knowledge that can be conveyed with a glance. It’s almost part of our DNA.

Those new to PEI can find our weather confusing and will not fully understand the ocean effect. Islanders have a more innate sense of predicting weather and will adjust our behaviour as easily as the local wildlife, squirreling away food and water and hunkering down, hoping the power doesn’t go out with yet another gust of wind. Rural folks with farms are operating in full gear protecting their herds and flocks. The survivalist instinct kicks in, no explanation necessary.

However, we will say to those from away, “Yes, it’s bad, but this is an unusual year, maybe the worst since the 1970s.” It’s our way of putting them off, knowing we don’t have to come up with another excuse until next winter. And with any luck, there will be a bad winter in Texas.

Heck, maybe we aren’t that different from other Canadians or even those from the New England States and northern Midwest. And who knows, it could still be raining on Christmas Day.

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Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 4.05.22 PMOver the next weeks, we will be checking closets, attics and under beds for boxes of Christmas ornaments to decorate our trees. My favourite Christmas trees are those decorated with decades of ornaments where each of them recalls a story or a milestone. Special ornaments are passed down through generations along with their stories. We have started our photo collection of Christmas ornaments, and we encourage you to let us know if you have any treasured ornaments that you would like us to add to our gallery. We would like to cover a century, if possible. We have already identified decorations from 80 years ago. Enjoy.

Click here to view our gallery and check back as we add more photos. This album is featured on our photo page along with our other albums.

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Clyde River has a line-up of events this Fall and that other season that we don’t mention until we have to. Mark your calendars.

Saturday, October 19th: Murchison Place Park Close Up – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Anyone who has participated in this event knows that working together in the park is great fun and good exercise. It is a wonderful chance to enjoy our beautiful park at the end of the season. Refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, November 17th: Pancake Breakfast – Riverview Community Centre. More details to follow. Partial proceeds will go to support Murchison Place Park.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30 p.m. – Adult Community Christmas Party – Don’t miss this popular and entertaining event of games, skits, a visit from Santa and lunch. Good laughs are guaranteed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:00 a.m. – JoyFit exercise classes  – Riverview Community Centre

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