Rounding-up of Canada Day events near you
‘Tis the season to pull out your favourite red bucket hat and put a Maple Leaf tattoo on your cheek because, why not? As Canadians, one of our proudest days is fast approaching – and there are so many ways to celebrate! No matter what city you’re in, there are tons of things happening. Read on for a round-up of family-friendly Canada Day 2019 events in your city.
What’s happening in the Capital?
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Looking for a list of fun, family-friendly activities for Canada Day in Ottawa? Here’s a summary of the events located in the Greater Ottawa Area:
• Parliament Hill: Dress up in red and white and join thousands on Parliament Hill for festivities starting at 8 am and ending with musical performances (at 6:45 pm) and fireworks at 10 pm.
• Major’s Hill Park: A few minutes’ walk from Parliament Hill, visit Major’s Hill Park on June 30th and July 1st for interactive arts and activities, live musical and cultural performances with featured artists, pop-up shops and more. This is also a great spot to watch the fireworks over the Ottawa River at the end of the day.
• Canadian Museum of History: Across the river, Canada’s most visited museum is hosting indoor and outdoor entertainment focusing on Canadian Indigenous cultures and live musical performances on July 1st.
• National Arts Centre: The NAC has Canada Day events from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm and is offering free activities like music and dance performances, outdoor yoga, dancing workshops, and storytelling and yoga for the kids!
• Confederation Park: Right across from City Hall, find Confederation Park with food trucks and weekend-long free activities, live music and events. Canada Day fireworks are at 10 pm on July 1st, don’t miss them!
Here’s what’s happening in other Ottawa areas:
• Barrhaven: Canada Day in Barrhaven has live bands, a Kidz Zone Activity Area, Stage and Gym, live shows, food and non-food vendors, speeches, music and fireworks at 10 pm.
• Orleans: Check out Canada Day on Petrie Island with live music, an all-day Kidzone, dunk tank, inflatable rides, food trucks, a beer tent and fireworks on the beach.
• Kanata: Canada Day at Walter Baker Park includes live entertainment, a large family fun zone, live bands, fireworks and more!
• Riverside South: Enjoy Canada Day in Riverside South on July 1st at Claudette Cain Park from 10 am to 2 pm, with inflatable rides, a petting zoo, laser tag, pony rides and tons more activities for $12 each! At 8 pm there’s live music and fireworks are at 10 pm.
• Stittsville: On the grounds of Stittsville’s Sacred Heart Highschool, Canada Day in Stittsville will have events from 1 pm to 10 pm, including live music, birthday cake for all, face painting, a petting zoo, a horse and wagon ride and more!
What’s up, Toronto?
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There’s always so much happening in The Six, it can be hard to choose what to do. For a list of fireworks happening in parks around the city, see Toronto.com.
Here’s a break-down of events (and where they are in the GTA), to help figure out your plans:
o Mel Lastman Square is hosting events from 6 pm to 10:30 pm, with music and art, family-friendly onsite activities, and fireworks at the end of the night – all free!
o Toronto Harbourfront Canada Day weekend will include a list of Canadian songwriter musicians performing live from June 28th to July 1st, and entry is free.
o Yonge-Dundas Square: Will be celebrating from 12 pm to 9 pm with an array of fun activities and events for all ages, including live performances and food, arts and crafts.
o Downtown Canada Day fireworks in Toronto: Check out a list of places here.
• East York:
o East York Toronto Canada Day Celebration has a parade at 10 am, live entertainment, a kid’s area, food, local artisans, a Local Craft Beer Garden, and fireworks at 10 pm.
o Annual Toronto Ribfest is happening at Rotary Etobicoke in Centennial Park with special performers, magic shows, and fireworks at 10 pm on July 1st. Plus, it’s free!
• Fort York:
o Canada Day at Fort York will celebrate Canada Day with free activities, demonstrations, tours and performances, including music and food, from 10 am to 5 pm.
o Celebration Square in the heart of Mississauga will have a ton of activities including live performances by award winning artists Marianas Trench and Leaving Thomas, face painting, food, and fireworks presented by Tim Hortons.
• North York:
o Downsview Park is hosting a Canada Day festival with free festivities like inflatables, games, vendors and live entertainment starting at 4 pm and ending with fireworks at the end of the evening.
• Queen’s Park:
o Queen’s Park Canada Day party will be from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, July 1st, and the theme this year is an old-fashioned picnic complete with free ice cream, a live DJ and children’s activities.
o Canada Day at Thomson Memorial Park starts with a pancake breakfast at 10 am and has live entertainment, a 75-foot zipline and lots of other events for the family. Don’t miss the parade from 4 pm to 6 pm!
o Albert Campbell Square is celebrating dance this Canada Day – show up with your dance gear for food vendors, lots of entertainment and dancing from 5 pm to 8 pm.
o Woodbine Racetrack is hosting The Queen’s Plate Festival June 28th and June 29th with horse racing, gourmet food, live entertainment and more.
• Fireworks: Check out this list of firework displays within the GTA.
And if you’re in London…
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If you’re in London, Ontario, here are a few Canada Day events to check out this weekend:
• Night Market London is from 12 pm to 11 pm where you’ll enjoy Canada Day events like live music, a beer garden, and food trucks and locals artisans. The night will end with fireworks, and it’s all free!
• South London Canada Day includes free inflatable rides and a kids’ zone, live music and a wide variety of multicultural food. Check it out in White Oaks Park starting at 2 pm, admission is free and fireworks are at 10 pm!
• Downtown Stratford’s Canada Day parade and fireworks start at 7 pm and end at 11 pm, with a big parade through the downtown area that will go along Huron Street.
Trying to figure out where the fireworks will be? Check out this website for all Canada Day fireworks happening in and around London. Enjoy – and don’t forget sunscreen, Canada Day tattoos, and your brightest red attire!
What about Calgary?
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We could list all the events happening in Calgary this weekend, but Calgary.ca does such a great job for us – check out this amazing (and long) list of Canada Day events in Calgary.
We also love this list by Global News – including a street fair, block party, markets, and more! How can you go wrong with that?
Happenings in Edmonton
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How should you celebrate Canada Day in the beautiful city of Edmonton? We can offer up a few ideas – see below!
• Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre is open to the public on Canada Day. With a schedule of events happening all day (in and outside), and a ton of food trucks to keep the hangry at bay while you celebrate, you can’t go wrong.
• Edmonton Valley Zoo is hosting a scavenger hunt, live music and will teach you about all the Canadian animal friends at the zoo from 11 am to 4 pm. Find more details here.
• Edmonton River Boat is hosting a riverboat cruise and fireworks to celebrate Canada’s birthday on the tranquil waters of the North Saskatchewan River for ages 18+ for a sunset cruise. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
La fête du Canada in Montréal
There’s lots going on in the beautiful city of Montréal this Canada Day long weekend. Here’s a few ideas, with tons more shown here.
• Old Port of Montreal – St. Pierre Square: On July 1st from 12 pm to 10 pm, enjoy Canada Day in Montréal with a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, a Canada Day cake and tent, activities and free kids’ events, live music and fireworks at 10 pm.
• Montréal Canada Day Parade along Rue Sainte-Catherine: Starting at 11 am, enjoy a multi-cultural parade with free activities and show for the whole family. Here’s the route.
• Town of Montréal West: Check out the Canada Day celebrations and parade in Montréal West from 3:30 pm, including music by The Fundamentals, dancing and fireworks to end the day.
Enjoy your weekend, and happy celebrating!