Canada 150: The Best Things To Do On Canada Day 2017
On July 1st, 2017, Canadians will come together to celebrate the birth of our country. Canada Day this year is particularly special, as it is the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. In 1867, the Dominion of Canada was formed by uniting the British Colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick to create a new sovereign country. Since its birth, Canada has grown into a diverse country with strong values. Although there are dark elements of Canadian history, our country's inclusivity, peace, and natural beauty deserve to be appreciated. Canada Day also causes a long weekend filled with festivities and fireworks, which is definitely a bonus.
No matter where you live in Canada, there are plenty of activities commemorating this occasion. If we tried to list everything happening across the country over the holiday weekend, this blog post would never end. For the purpose of simplicity we are going to focus on four of Canada's major cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.
Canada Days at Nathan Phillips Square
If you're looking for a weekend-long event, check out Canada Days at Nathan Phillips Square. It runs from June 30th to July 3rd and features street art, live music, dance and circus performances. This festival aims to represent Canada's cultural diversity by showcasing a variety of music genres by artists from around the world. Highlights include the Charlotte Day Wilson, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a live mural painting. Keeping in line with the holiday spirit, a fireworks show will end each evening at 10:55 pm.
CN Tower Fireworks
In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, fireworks will be lighting up the CN Tower for the first time since the Pan Am Games' opening ceremony in 2015. The spectacular show begins at 10:30 pm on July 1st, and features fireworks set to music from Boom 97.3 FM. It's going to be lit – literally.
On Canada Day, the Harbourfront Centre is hosting 'Our Home On Native Land', a festival acknowledging the creative contributions of Indigenous and newcomer Canadians to the artistic and cultural fabric of our country. This event aims to include diverse voices in conversations about what it means to be Canadian, and has live music and dance performances.
Parliament Hill Celebrations
Unsurprisingly, our capital city is going all out for Canada 150. Celebrations are taking over Parliament Hill for the weekend and the event is rumoured to be the biggest Canada Day party Ottawa has ever seen. There will be an Air Show, a Citizenship Ceremony, music by Canadian artists, and a special appearance by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Montreal Canada Day Parade
The Défilé de la Fête du Canada, or the Canada Day Parade, has been hosted by the city of Montreal every year since 1978. Montreal is celebrating its own 375th anniversary as well as Canada's 150th, so the parade will be particularly memorable this year. The parade begins at 11 am and finishes with live shows and a massive cake serving 2,500 people. Best of all, cake and activities are free until 4 pm.
Montreal Jazz Festival
The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is an annual jazz festival running from June 28 to July 8th 2017. It has 500 indoor and outdoor concerts, featuring artists such as Walk Off The Earth, Feist, and Bob Dylan. To celebrate Canada 150, there is a special Canadian dance music nightclub on July 1st with Carly Rae Jepson as a headliner.
Canada 150th Celebration at Grouse Mountain
If you're searching for a Canada Day filled with British Columbian flair, the Canada 150th Celebration at Grouse Mountain is for you. The day will be packed full of activities, with axe-throwing, a hockey shoot-out, and even a Guinness World Record attempt of the largest human maple leaf.
Canada Day at Canada Place
Presented by the Port of Vancouver, this two day festival declares itself the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa. Canada Day at Canada Place consists of a citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, five performance stages, fireworks, a parade, and a pancake breakfast.
Whatever you choose to do this July 1st, we hope that you have a holiday filled with friends, family, food, and fireworks. Make the most of your summer long weekend and tag #Room2046Can150 in your photos on Instagram to let us know what you're up to.