This website was created to promote the Ukranian Seniors' Center 23rd annual Canadian Garlic Festival.
The content below is from the site's 2014 archived pages.



How I Discovered the Garlic Festival

I was in Toronto attending a software development conference. One of the presenters was an activist from Regulate Google Now! who had a very compelling argument using real life examples of people and businesses that have been harmed by information revealed in Google's search results. I had no idea that this was such a huge issue for so many people. Imagine if your 15 year old DUI arrest were preventing you from getting a job interview today because it was visible when your name was searched. The fact the the EU requires Google to remove personal information upon request makes it even more imperative that the US move toward that solution.

Once the conference was over, my wife and I took off for a couple of weeks of hiking and fishing. We first drove north to Greater Sudbury, commonly referred to as Sudbury, which is known for its mining heritage. My wife is a geologist and was interested in seeing Science North, an interactive science museum and Dynamic Earth, another interactive science museum that focuses principally on geology and mining history exhibitions. We learned about the Garlic Festival from a local couple we met at the Science North Museum. We decided to stay an extra day in Sudbury just so we could attend. What a great festival. There were the more traditional garlic-based foods such as sausage with sauerkraut, pierogi, flatbread pizzas and garlic salads to be enjoyed. But there were also vendors offering a variety of rather unique garlic-infused choices from garlic cookies to garlic butter tarts, garlic fudge to garlic ice cream, as well as an array of specialty pastries. How fortunate we were able to experience this unique and fun local event. I certainly won't forget the garlic fudge!!

So, now, take a nostalgic trip back with me to the 23rd annual Canadian Garlic Festival.


Sunday, August 24th, 2014
4th Sunday in August

Garlic Nibblers - Day of Family Fun
Nibblers, nibblers, and more... Wet your appetite..
garlic salads and spreadsbalabushky
flatbread pizza
sausage with sauerkraut
garlic chicken roll-ups
uki patties
kobasa shish-kabobs
pyrohy, cabbage rolls
beans in garlic sauce
vegetarian garlic chili
garlic ice cream
garlic fudge, garlic tarts, garlic cookies.
Eat 'til your stomach's content!
Nibblers approximately $1.00 each



anything and everything garlic: garlic stock, arts and crafts, wreaths, braids, mints, and more...

For vendors packages, please E-mail: [email protected] or call the Ukrainian Seniors' Centre at 1 (705)673-7404 (705)673-7404.

Children's Events

bouncing inflatables, arts and crafts, races, games,  puppeteers, clowns


 Accommodation - Howard Johnson Plaza
Admission to the festival grounds, $2.00 per person.
To volunteer your time and/or talent, please contact us.

About Us



The Ukrainian Centre is in the heart of downtown Sudbury at the corner of Elm Street and Notre Dame Avenue. The Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre consists of a) The Ukrainian Senior Citizens’ Complex which maintains 35 affordable housing units b) the Ukrainian Seniors’ Club which  is the vehicle for maintaining the cultural, linguistic and fundraising efforts of the Centre and c) Barvinok, a 24 hour continuum of care residence for seven seniors. 

The Centre is bordered by the TransCanada Trail and includes Hnatyshyn Park, Altanka Gardens, and Barvinok walk.



Building on the strengths and accomplishments of Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre, we will pursue opportunities to improve the continuum of services while maintaining the spirit and character of community.


The mission of the Ukrainian Seniors' Centre of Sudbury is to promote healthy living and involvement in social, cultural, recreational and charitable activities for older adults in a Ukrainian ambiance.

Philosophy Statement

The Centre encourages the teamwork of employees and volunteers so that we can offer our residents and Club members the best services possible enabling them to live a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.  Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills, and knowledge to assist/partner, along with our staff, in the fulfillment of our vision and mission, and to educate the public about the Centre and its benefits.


The mission of the Ukrainian Senior’s Complex Board is to administer the operation of 35 affordable housing units supporting independent living.  The Board promotes social programming & support services in a Ukrainian ambiance.


Altanka Garden

The Trans Canada Trail traverses the City of Sudbury.  Almost at its mid-point is a unique feature at Hnatyshyn Park (1991) in the heart of Sudbury.  This is the Altanka Garden or resting place, a millennium (2000) project of the Ukrainian community for all Sudbury citizens developed adjacent to the Ukrainian Seniors' Centre.

Traditional gateways, hanging planters, the stained glass pysanka, the conversational swing, the 12 potagers, the fountain pool, the newly constructed out-door oven and the garden house are all focal elements of cultural heritage.


Gateways:  These gateways have a shingled roof over an intricate wrought iron gate design of which includes stalks of wheat, a periwindle flower, Ukrainian Seniors' logo and leaves as well as elements from other indigenous Ukrainian architectural motifs.  The gates were designed by John Stefura and crafted from 1/2" thick steel plate by Stainless Steel Technology.

Hanging Planters:  The south end of Altanka is rimmed by a graceful semi-circle of hanging planters.  Ceramic pots crafted by Ernie Checkeris and Muriel MacLeod originally contained red verbena blossoms among a profusion of dainty white bacopa.

Pysanka:  A major focal element and popular Ukrainian visible symbol is the beautifully executed pysanka design.   Almost 2 metres by 3 metres in size, outlined by a border of scotch moss, the inlaid pysanka design is defined by an oval egg-shaped stainless steel frame.  The tranditional pattern - wheat for staff of life, grazing stags signifying health and prosperity and a tree of life for renewal, creation and organic unity is emcompassed by a meander signifying eternity.  The pysanka design was constructed of stained glass by Hayden Butler and Mary Lou Fabbro.

The Pich - Outdoor Bake Oven.  The pich, once the "heart" of a home was transported to the Canadian West with the Ukrainian immigrant.  When they had fallen out of functional everyday use by the 1960's they became objects of curiosity, creating oppotunities for reminiscences and nostalgia to be fired up for community celebrations and festivals.  The original Altanka pich was build by Roland Gervais of magnesite brick and embellished with colourful "rozpys" by Natalia Kolomyitchouk.

The Pool and Fountain:  This formal circular 6" diameter is rimmed by a 12" wide slab. This 4" thick dololmite "collar" was cut by Heracles Tsambis from one slab of stone.  Pink Geraniums curround the dolomite edge.  Within this planting border are four dwarf Korean lilac standards and ginko craig hostas.  The pool fountain is graced by two bronze cranes (harbingers of spring in Ukraine) amid growth of pickeral rush, dwarf umbrella palm, pale blue irises and white water lilies.

Conversational Swing:  The unique cedar swing built by Jim Tait affords a couple face-to-face stance as they swring to and fro.  It is topped by the characteristic shingled roof element - a unifying structure of the Altanka and graced by four hanging flower planters.

Teakwood Benches:  Weather resistant teakwood benches manufactured from teakwood grown on plantations in Indonesia are placed to encourage rest - to pause and reflect on the Altanka's dynamic harmony accented by a colourful bird feeder, a copper and brass weathervane and a musical wind chime.

The Ukrainian Altanka 2000 was designed by landscape architect mark Elliott and built by contractor Steve Elliott of Acer Construction.

Barvinok Garden

The linear garden designed by John Stefura and Mark Elliot consists of the three identifiable sections providing a safe walking space for elderly residents.  The garden is entered through a vine-covered arbour.  A variety of trees, shrubs and flowers are combined with hard landscaping, the pergola, pool, fountain, trellis and urn-garden elements that bring drama to the walk experience.

Bandurist:  Sculpture by the internationally celebrated Ukrainian sculptor Leo Mol of Winnipeg was unveiled in the Barvinok Garden in 2003 and funded by the Ukrainian Community.  The "Bandurist" is a sculpture evoking the ancient tradition of wandering minstrels whose epic songs known as Dumas spoke of the Ukrainian longing for freedom and independence.


Tryzub:  Erected November 23, 1983 and dedicated on June 16, 1984.  It is a formalized stainless steel sculpture, a symbol of nationhood, designed by John Stefura and crafted by Tony Yaroshak to celebrate Sudbury's Centennial in 1983 and to commemorate the contribution of Ukrainian settlers in the Sudbury area.

"The design of the sculpture is based on the symbol of the Ukrainian nation - the trident.  The stylized form signifies the three waves of immigrants who settled in Canada - the first prior to the First World War of 1914, the second in the inter-war period and the third, shortly after the Second World War.

"The triangular stainless steel components are also in a trilon form, one of the strongest geometric shapes, suggesting the strength that these immigrants demonstrated in tackling the unknown and winning a livelihood for their families, and a promising future for the generation that followed them.

"The sculpture is set on an equilateral triangle of limestone, signifying faith, culture and pride of heritage of the Ukrainians who settled here.

"The surrounding base, also in rugged limestone, suggests the three main industries --railroading, mining and lumbering, which made their existence possible in a harsh environment."  (this information was taken out of the booklet published for the dedication, Ontario 1984)

Hnatyshyn Memorial Sculputre:  Local black granite sculpture designed by Mark Elliott and situated in Hnatyshyn Park was crafted by Khoury and erected in 1991 to celebrate the centennial of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.  It was named for the 24th Governor General of Canada the Honourable Ray Hnatyshyn and officially unveiled by him in 1994.  Hnatyshyn was the grandson of Ukrainian pioneers who arrived in Canada in 1907.
Ukrainian Genealogy Group

The 20th anniversary celebration of the Hnatyshyn Park Ukrainian Senior Centre in Sudbury, Ontario afforded an opportunity to reproduce a work entitle "The Arms and The Man" in a commemorative booklet, which offered highlights of Hnatyshyn's remarkable achievements, and a valued record of the occasion. 

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