Canada Day on July 1st is an annual celebration of Canadian patriotism, history and diversity united by the joining of three colonies in 1867.
Marking 151 years of confederation between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and what was once the Province of Canada, Canada Day 2018 is set to be huge with events such as parades, concerts and firework displays planned up and down the country.
On July 1st ‘Canucks’ around the country will gather together to acknowledge how the nation was formed, proudly demonstrating everything that makes the country great. From festivals to fireworks, there will be plenty of celebrations to get stuck into.
If you’re joining in the fun and heading to Canada on holiday in time for the big day, discover the biggest events in the country’s top cities for Canada Day 2018.
La Fête du Canada Day in Ottawa, Ontario
Visiting Ottawa? There’s no better place to celebrate Canada Day than in the country’s capital. The city certainly has a full schedule of entertainment planned for the day which kicks off with a celebration of Canada’s diversity and tolerance. An Algonquin First Nations blessing of the grounds offers an insight into the sacred ceremonies of Ontario’s indigenous peoples, followed by the Peace Tower Carillion concert on Parliament Hill.
Ottawa’s La Fête du Canada Day 2018 festivities will also include an afternoon show at Major’s Hill Park with speeches given by dignitaries and performances by some of Canada’s best known artists, as well as a special flypast by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds to mark the anniversary.
The music will continue into the evening culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Parliament Hill.
Canada Day at Canada Place in Vancouver, British Columbia
To the west of the country, Vancouver’s Canada Day at Canada Place features a waterfront party to really get the celebrations started. This free event will entertain the crowds with live music on two stages from 10:00 a.m. There’s plenty to keep the little ones amused too with kids’ activities and a Picnic Plaza. The best of Canadian Film will be shown on a big screen with foodtrucks providing mouth-watering sustenance to keep you going.
Follow up this mini festival with an incredible display of fireworks lighting up the harbour at English Bay. Get the best view of the Canada Day fireworks show from Stanley Park, Coal Harbour or Canada Place itself.
Dartmouth Crossing presents Canada Day at Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia
On the east coast, Halifax’s Canada Day 2018 offers the country’s third largest event with plenty to see and do on July 1st.
Start your day with a free pancake breakfast while you watch the flag-raising at the Grand Parade Square. Once you’re fuelled up and raring to go, head over to the top of the historic Citadel Hill to join in singing the national anthem ‘O Canada’ – a must on Canada Day (especially when there’s free cake!)
Canada Day the Tattoo Way takes place throughout the day on the Halifax Common and will keep everyone entertained with performances, face painting and food, with The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo as the highlight. Later the crowds will gather to see some of Canada’s favourite musicians perform in an evening concert at Alderney Landing. End the day with a bang, watching a stunning fireworks show over the Halifax Harbour.
Image Credits: Destination Canada, Tourism Nova Scotia