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Canada Day is fast approaching! If you still don’t know what to do during your long weekend, we’ve got some great ideas for you. Here are the top five places you need to be, and what you can expect from each one of them.
If you’re looking for a party atmosphere for Canada Day celebrations, you’ll find it in Ottawa. Every year, Ottawa locals welcome tourists with open arms and plenty of entertainment. While you can view the official program here, we’ve included here a few highlights.
The Canadian Museum of History offers free entrance to visitors throughout Canada Day from 9 am to 9 pm. At Major’s Hill Park, audiences will be treated to Canadian musicians such as Noubi Trio and Miss Shelton. The programming at Parliament Hill begins at 8 am on with an Algonquin blessing and performing artists such as Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Rose Cousins, and The Dead South. The main entrance to this venue is at the intersection of Wellington and Kent streets in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.
At these locations, you can also enjoy family activities, fireworks, and cultural performances. Ottawa is the best place to experience an authentic Canada Day party, so get packing and enjoy the long weekend there.
No matter where you go in Toronto over this Canada Day, you’re sure to find there something to see, do, and experience. Toronto puts on a show for this national event, so you are certainly going to have a long weekend to remember.
There are going to be official fireworks displays held throughout most of Toronto, including Mel Lastman Square, Stan Wadlow Park and Amesbury Park at 10 pm. For those looking for family events, Canada Day celebrations at Queen’s Park start at 10 am until 5 pm from College Street through to Bloor Street West. You can also take part in the annual Toronto RibFest at Etobicoke Centennial Park with lots of entertainers, magic shows and fireworks at 10 pm.
In rain or shine, you can find Canada Day celebrations in Montreal on the Jacques-Carter Pier, at the Old-Port, that will appeal to the entire family.
Celebrations kick off at 11.30am on July 1, running all the way through to 10:15 pm. From 12 pm to 8 pm, visitors can enjoy a 21-gun salute, inflatable games, thematic tents, and sports. In the afternoon, you will be treated to the Canada Day anniversary cake service, with 2,000 pieces available for attendees. At 8.30pm, performers will take to the main stage, completing the final closing acts for the night before fireworks light up the sky at 10 pm in the Old Port.
No matter your age, or if you’re a tourist or local, spending Canada Day in Montreal is an unforgettable experience.
If you’re looking to make the most of both the sunshine and the long weekend, then taking a trip to Vancouver is a must. Not only you benefit from a break away from the daily grind, but you get to take part in a range of activities and events held through the day and night.
Canada Day at Granville Island is a must-attend event, kicking off with entertainment, cake, performers and a multicultural fair at 8 am. Celebrations will run all day on July 1, until midnight. Or, why not check out the Waterfront Party? It runs from 10 am until 6 pm, with a parade at 7 pm. Held in downtown Vancouver, there will be live music, street hockey, a circus, and other activities.
Alternatively, you can wait until it’s dark to head to the annual fireworks show in Dundarave and Coal Harbor. You will be able to view the extravaganza from northwest-side downtown, all the way through to North Vancouver.
Celebrating the Canada Day long weekend in Calgary might be a good option too. Pack a bag, grab your friends and family, and enjoy everything this picturesque destination has to offer.
National Music Centre offers free entry on Canada Day. You can also enjoy bands on the Riverfront Stage all day and a street fair in the East Village. A military showcase will take place at Riverfront Avenue from 11 am until 5 pm. Finish your day at the Centre Street Bridge enjoying the ENMAX Fireworks Display at 11 pm.
No matter where you go in Calgary, you are sure to find an event to appeal to your tastes.
If you haven’t planned your trip yet, Corporate Stays has fully furnished apartments in each one of these locations to make your Canada Day long weekend memorable. Get in touch with one of our Corporate Housing Specialists today!