30+ places to celebrate Canada Day

It’s a big Canada Day this year, folks, in case you haven’t heard! Here are more than 30 places to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday. All fireworks are scheduled for July 1 unless otherwise noted.

Canada Day on Parliament Hill. Photo courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission/Destination Canada.

Downtown Ottawa-Gatineau

As you probably know, the slice of downtown Ottawa-Gatineau from Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park to the Canadian Museum of History is one of the best places in Canada to mark the country’s birthday. In fact, this year, the fun is going on for three solid days, from June 30 through July 2.

Here’s the scoop on the weekend’s activities, which include puppet shows, a Cirque du Soleil appearance, Indigenous dance performances, a miniature train, a chicken BBQ, and concerts by Patrick Watson, Dean Brody, Serena Ryder, Gordon Lightfoot, Souljazz Orchestra, Mother Mother and many others.

As if all that weren’t enough, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be all over the city on Canada Day, and U2’s Bono and the Edge will be on Parliament Hill.

The City of Ottawa has useful tips on Canada Day beach openings, transit schedules and more.

Fireworks at 11pm.

Billings Estate

Looking for something more genteel than the crowded streets downtown? Head to this Alta Vista museum for a Canada Day tea, complete with a three-tier platter of goodies (10:30am to 4pm). Note: Please call in advance, as reservations are required.

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

At this historic site in Dunrobin, the 1867-style amusements include tug-of-war games (10am to 4pm). Admission is by donation.

Flickr/Creative Commons photo by marke1996.

Orleans

The Orleans Kiwanis bills its three-day (June 30 to July 2) Canada Day celebration as “the biggest party east of the Greenbelt.” On all three days, there will be concerts, a beer garden and food vendors on Petrie Island. On Canada Day itself, the fun expands to include a Kids’ Zone, a DJ party and more. Fireworks at 10pm on July 1.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

At the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, the Canada Day festivities (10am to 4pm) include face painting and carnival games.

Stittsville

The Canada Day party in Stittsville takes place at Sacred Heart High School, with face painting, a food court, live music, a photo booth, horse-drawn wagon rides and lots of other family-friendly fun. Fireworks at 9:45pm.

Mont Tremblant

It’s a weekend-long party at Tremblant, with a Gab Padilla concert on Friday, June 30; a flag raising, birthday cake, and concerts by Highs and Foreign Diplomats on Canada Day; and a Rob Lutes concert on Sunday, July 2. The Tremblant Beach and Tennis Club is also holding its opening beach party on July 1. Fireworks at 10:45pm.

Arnprior

In various locations across Arnprior, you’ll find a bike parade, a car show, a pancake breakfast, children’s games, a duck race and more on Canada Day. Fireworks at 9:45pm; rain date is Sunday, July 2.

Renfrew

Renfrew is throwing a Canada Day celebration that lasts all week! During the week, there’s everything from a spaghetti dinner and a sidewalk sale to a strawberry social and a street dance. On Canada Day itself, the focus of activity moves to Ma-Te-Way Park with a bouncy castle, a magic show and more (many activities will be moved indoors if the weather is bad). Fireworks start at dusk.

What could be more Canadian than this? Flickr/Creative Commons photo by Library and Archives Canada.

Foresters Falls

The Canada Day fun starts at 4pm with a treasure hunt, a parade, a kids’ cake decorating contest, live music, a bouncy castle and a barbecue. Fireworks start at dusk.

Cobden

The hub of activity is the Cobden Legion, which will be hosting a BBQ and live music by the Fran Band and Jerry Lee on Canada Day.

Eganville

There’s lots going on in Eganville on Canada Day, including an official cake cutting, pontoon boat rides, a family fun zone, early-morning yoga and a free kids’ fishing derby.

Bonnechere Provincial Park

To celebrate Canada Day, Bonnechere Provincial Park has lots of kids’ activities from 10am to noon, including colouring, face painting and a bean-bag toss, followed by Canada Bingo at 1pm.

Killaloe

The Canada Day fun in Killaloe starts on Friday, June 30, with music in Station Park. On Canada Day itself, there’s a fishing derby, a duck race and more live music. Fireworks at dusk on Canada Day; rain date is July 2.

Pembroke

The July 1 festivities in Pembroke include the city’s Summer Medley Festival, face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, concerts, hand drumming, pony rides and more. Fireworks at 10pm, followed by an outdoor screening of Beauty and the Beast.

 

Flickr/Creative Commons photo by Pen Waggener.

Kemptville

Canada Day celebrations will centre on Riverside Park and include street curling, a petting zoo, inflatable play structures, an illusionist, live music, a family glow-in-the-dark dance and a parade. Fireworks at 10pm.

Oxford Mills

Festivities on July 1 in Maplewood Park (11:45am to 3:45pm) run from country and R&B concerts to a silent auction, a tug-of-war contest and a sword-fighting demonstration. (Scroll down on the linked page to see the Oxford Mills information.)

Carleton Place

Carleton Place is hosting two days of fun, starting with a Canada Day kickoff party at the Carleton Place Arena on Friday, June 30. On Canada Day, the action moves to Riverside Park, with a bicycle parade, a petting zoo, live music, crafts and other activities. Fireworks start at 9:45pm.

Almonte

In Almonte, enjoy a fundraising paddle for the Almonte General Hospital, a car show and shop, live music, a barbecue and more. A special addition this year is a one-day outdoor craft market (10am to 2pm), co-organized by Etsy and Cheerfully Made Goods + Markets, featuring some 60 artisans, a Caesar cocktail bar inside an Airstream trailer, live painting sessions, mini-photography sessions and all sorts of other amusements; the first 100 attendees will receive a limited edition Etsy tote bag filled with goodies. Fireworks at dusk at Gemmill Park.

Pakenham

Pakenham is getting a jump on the festivities, with Canada Day Eve celebrations—a parade, barbecue and kids’ activities—during the evening on Friday, June 30. On Canada Day itself, there’s a firefighters’ pancake breakfast (7am to 11am). And on Sunday, July 2, you can check out an antique car and tractor show, canoe races, kids games and a family dance with Mike Ryan. Fireworks start at dusk on Friday, June 30.

Perth

In Perth, the hub of activity is Conlon Farm Recreation Park. Activities start at 5pm and include a barbecue, concerts and free cake. Fireworks at 10pm.

Murphys Point

Want to celebrate the big day in a natural setting? Head to Murphys Point Provincial Park to do some fishing, enjoy a barbecue and cake, and hear a folk music concert by The History Buffs.

Smiths Falls

Canada Day fun includes a morning parade, followed by live music, kids’ activities, a market and exhibitors in Lower Reach Park. Fireworks in Lower Reach Park at 10:00pm.

Merrickville-Wolford

Highlights of Merrickville-Wolford’s Canada Day activities include a parade starting at 11:30am, followed by live music, cake and fun at Blockhouse Park. There will be a free chicken lunch at the Legion, while the Lions’ Club will be dishing up free hot dogs in the park. At 6pm, the Company of Fools will give an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by more live music. Fireworks start around 10pm.

Flickr/Creative Commons photo by Tom Childers.

Chaffey’s Lock

The fun at Chaffey’s Lock includes a barbecue and live music from 11am to 2pm.

Delta

In Delta, you can don vintage clothing and join a fashion parade, tour the Old Stone Mill, enjoy a Victorian tea and a potluck picnic lunch, and try your luck at some 19th-century games.

Newboro

The fun starts at 7pm with a parade, which will end in time for you to get to the fireworks in Westport (see below).

Westport

This year, Westport has moved its Canada Day celebrations to a bigger venue, Rideau Vista Public School. Highlights include children’s activities, bouncy castles, heritage displays, a pie contest, a quilt show, live music by Elvis tribute artist Dan Stoness and a show by Roadhouse, and more at Rideau Vista Public School, starting at 2pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

Portland

The Big Rideau Lake Association will be setting off fireworks on Cow Island starting at 10pm; rain date is July 2.

Kingston

There’s lots going on in Kingston on Canada Day weekend, including live music in front of City Hall for three nights straight (June 30 to July 2), as well as running races, a parade, a sail past, kids’ activities, a Ferris wheel and wagon rides on Canada Day itself. Fireworks at Confederation Park at 10pm on Canada Day.

Picton

A children’s carnival, live music and street performers are among the highlights of Picton’s Canada Day celebration. Fireworks at dusk.

Flickr/Creative Commons photo of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, by Dan Marsh.

Wellington

Wellington has two days of Canada Day celebrations lined up (June 30 and July 1), including a chicken dinner barbecue, a pancake breakfast, a ribfest, a parade, kids’ fun and a strawberry social. And here’s something you don’t see every year: the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be dropping by the Norman Hardie Winery and Wellington’s farmers’ market on Friday, June 30. Fireworks at dusk on June 30.

Gananoque

Canada Day celebrations in Gananoque Town Hall Park feature a duck race, a fishing derby, a ribfest, free hot dogs and cake, and live music. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Brockville

A teddy bear parade, a regatta, live music, and a craft and vendor market are among the highlights of Canada Day in Brockville. Fireworks at 10pm.

Russell

There’s lots going on in Russell on Canada Day, with a volleyball tournament, a tug-of-war competition, a magic show and a beer garden among the options. Fireworks at dusk.

Avonmore

Canada Day fun in Avonmore includes two MuchMusic video dance parties (one for adults and one for the whole family), t-shirt making, a bouncy castle, live music and more. Fireworks at 9pm.

Another iconic Canadian image—a Mountie! Flickr/Creative Commons photo by Ruth Hartnup.

Morrisburg

Morrisburg kicks off its celebrations with a Friday night trivia contest. On Canada Day, the family-friendly fun includes a bicycle-decorating contest, a pie contest, an all-ages summer games, a carnival, live music, and an exhibition of vintage cars and machinery. Fireworks start at 10pm.

Cornwall

The fun in Lamoureux Park starts at noon and includes everything from bouncy castles and food vendors to a concert by Paul Deslauriers. Fireworks at 10pm.

Vars

Vars is offering a beer garden, live music, kids’ activities, a vendors’ village and more on Canada Day. Fireworks at 10pm.

Alexandria

Bingo, a petting zoo, pony rides, a packed musical lineup and more are on the menu at these Canada Day celebrations. Fireworks at 10pm.

Montreal

The main celebrations are happening in the Old Port from 11am onward. Cover your ears during the 21-gun salute, let your kids loose in the inflatable village (featuring Thomas the Tank Engine), make a flag, take a dance lesson, enjoy a free concert…that’s just the start of the list. Fireworks at 10pm.

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16 Responses to 30+ places to celebrate Canada Day

  1. Jane Sica June 29, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    You forgot Cobourg, On
    4 days of vendors and events. Fireworks! You should check it out!

  2. Candice Vetter June 30, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    There’s also Russell, South Mountain, Vars, Avonmore and Morrisburg.

    • Laura Byrne Paquet July 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

      Thanks, Candice! I think I’m going to make this post even longer next year. So much to cover!

  3. Candice Vetter June 30, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    Sorry! I see you mentioned S. Mountain.

  4. Glenn July 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    Great list Laura. Thanks and happy Canada Day!

    • Laura Byrne Paquet July 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      Thanks, Glenn! Happy Canada Day to you and Judy!

  5. Louise June 27, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Unfortunately you seem to have every place around the Ottawa are up to Pembroke and Cobden, but nothing on Eganville, why?

    • Laura Byrne Paquet June 27, 2017 at 9:18 am #

      Good point, Louise–it was an oversight on my part. Thanks for flagging it! I’ve just added the Eganville information.

  6. Sherry Crummy June 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    Thanks for the great list, Laura. What an amazing week of celebration #Canada150

  7. Sharon Hewitt June 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    I get a lot of emails, but none I look forward to as much as yours! Thanks for always adding value with your suggestions, recommendations and links! Happy Canada Day to you and yours Laura.🇨🇦

  8. Phil June 28, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Thank you!

  9. Catherine June 28, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    Orleans is having a 3 day Canada Day celebration at Petrie Island!

    Thank you for putting this list together!

    • Laura Byrne Paquet June 29, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      You’re welcome! I will add Orleans to the list!

  10. Karhy June 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    KANATA always has a great celebration with fireworks second only to Parliament. Includes bandstand, rides, Waterpark, huge gazebo by a cattail pond, and sunsets all at Walter Baker Park beside the Kanata Recreational Centre, Terry Fox Drive near Hazeldean.

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