Where to Celebrate Canada 150!
July 1, 2017, will be a huge day for Canadians all across the country. If you’re looking to go where the biggest and best Canada 150 celebrations are being held, we have done a little research for you to help you find the right destination!
This is a double whammy year for the city of Montreal! Not only are they celebrating Canada 150 along with the rest of the country, the historic city is also celebrating its 375th birthday! Go to Montreal’s Old Port on July 1st for fun and fireworks to celebrate Canadian Confederacy! This will be a family friendly event, with plenty to do for all ages.
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO
Niagara Falls is one of Ontario’s most popular tourist destinations! To mark the big 1-5-0, the city is hosting a weekend-long event from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2, 2017. There will be live entertainment, a parade, and tons of fun activities for visitors and residents alike. Go see the 3D Canada 150 sign installed at Table Rock near the famous falls!
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Port of Vancouver hosts the biggest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa, and this year they’re doing it for two days! Celebrate in Vancouver from July 1 to 2, 2017, with daytime festivities, a parade, and a huge fireworks display. All this is happening at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and nearby streets.
Experience a bigger and more spectacular Canada Day in Calgary with events for the whole family. They will have multi-cultural performances, Indigenous entertainment, Canadian musical performances, military displays, and of course some fireworks! Events are being held all over the city, but many will be at Prince’s Island Park.
ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND
Be among the first people in Canada to celebrate the Nation’s 150th Birthday in St. John’s , Newfoundland. Even though they were the last province to join confederation, they’re always the first to start the party on July 1!
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
This year’s Canada Day celebration in Halifax will be held on the Common, including a concert and fireworks on Citadel Hill. There will be smaller events happening in various other places in the city, including more free concerts and a pancake breakfast! Don’t miss the Tattoo Canada Day Parade on Brunswick Street.
See a “Living Flag” in the prairie city of Regina, Saskatchewan, for Canada’s 150th birthday! Organizers will be assembling 1,200 people into a living version of the Canada flag. See the flag on the west lawn of the Legislative Building. Wear your red and white to show your love for the country! There will also be several family-friendly activities going on throughout the city!
If you want to celebrate in one of the three territories, visit Iqaluit for some fun July 1 celebrations! Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, including a parade! There will be games, entertainment, food, and some other surprises!
Ever heard of the Charlottetown Conference? It was where Canada became its own country! Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is truly Canada’s birthplace, so why not visit for July 1! See the Tall Ships, learn about Anne of Green Gables, and enjoy all the Canada 150 events happening on this special island!
Our nation’s capital is where it’s at when it comes to celebrating Canada 150! Parliament Hill will be buzzing with activity on July 1, 2017, as this will be the biggest Canada Day party in the country. Be part of history and say you were there. There will be live entertainment, family events, and fireworks to close the celebrations out.
Travel abroad to the nation that helped create our country and let us stand on our own. London, England, is bringing back its Canada Day celebration in Trafalgar Square this year for Canada 150. It’s the perfect excuse for a trip to the UK, and a great way for Canadians living in Britain to celebrate while away from home.
By: Allison Webster