Canada Day is going to be huge this year, with celebrations in cities from coast to coast to coast. While the holiday is always well-celebrated, the 150th birthday (branded as Canada 150) calls for a particularly exciting list of events here in Kanata and around the country. There will be family activities, concerts, parades, citizenship ceremonies and nods to Canadian culture. Our local economy is thriving as tourists flock to the capital, and it’s a great opportunity to recognize great moments in Canadian history. Or, simply embrace Canadian stereotypes and dig into a poutine or beaver tail (and a cold local beer, if you’re so inclined).
However and wherever you celebrate, we hope you have a fantastic long weekend! Here are some ideas for Canada Day activities in our region.
Canada Day in Kanata:
There are plenty of activities going on right here in town, from children’s programming with bouncy castles and face painting to an afternoon parade and an evening concert by Tomi Swick and Finger Eleven. The festivities will run in Walter Baker Park much of Friday and Saturday, and end with a spectacular firework show. A full list of programming is available here.
Canada Day in Ottawa:
As you can imagine, Canada Day in the heart of Ottawa is a big deal. Celebrations include ceremonial events on Parliament Hill, a show of local artistic talent at Major Hill Park, indoor and outdoor activities at the Canadian Museum of History, and free events at many of the city’s museums and public parks. An evening concert on the hill will include performances by Walk Off the Earth, Alessia Cara, Serena Ryder, Gordon Lightfoot and more. A separate concert at Major Hill park will feature Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, Mother Mother and Ruth B. Over at the Canadian Museum of History, the Souljazz Orchestra will perform. A spectacular 20 minute fireworks show will end the festivities – check it out anywhere along Confederation Boulevard, or from Gatineau. For more programming details and timelines, please visit the official website.
Canada Day in Montreal:
This Canada Day, Montreal is offering all of its classic temptations – jazz, art, music, theatre and great food. There will be a variety of celebrations at the Old Port, including family activities, music and dancing and evening events. The annual Canada Day parade will travel down Ste Catherine Street, ending with cake and live entertainment at Place du Canada. The Jazz Festival is on over the long weekend, so check out a free concert if you can. The evening will close at La Ronde with a fireworks show set to music that spans from reggae to cabaret and everything in between. You can find more information on Canada Day in Montreal here.