Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labour Day in Canada has now become a long weekend celebration for many Canadians.
Originally, Labour Day gave workers the opportunity to campaign for better working conditions and pay, but now locals and those on breaks and holidays to Canada can enjoy loads of events taking place across the country.
There are lots of fairs, festivals and other events planned and here we guide you through five of the best shows you can enjoy for Canada’s Labour Day.
Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters Sound & Light Show, Niagara Falls
Presented by Niagara Parks, the Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters Sound & Light Show at Niagara Falls will combine the power of water, sound and laser lights to highlight the beauty and magic of the falls.
The event, which is free to attend, runs until 5 September and will not just be a light and laser show, but will explain the fascinating story behind Niagara Falls.
New for this year, a large pond fountain display has been installed in Queen Victoria Park and event visitors can project lasers on to the water screen and can publicly profess their love, draw pictures or leave special messages to family, friends or loved ones.
The event will start at 8pm every night and visitors can also enjoy a variety of musical performances.
Blue Mountain Fireworks Show
Blue Mountain is located in the heart of one of Canada’s most stunning natural landscapes and visitors heading to the region over Labour Weekend can enjoy a huge fireworks display.
As part of the Summer Sundown and Fireworks event, which will be running from 3-5 September, the fireworks show will round off the first day of the event with a colourful display above the village.
Other than the renowned fireworks show there will be plenty of other events too, such as live music, face painting, magic shows and lots of arts and craft activities.
Concert under the stars in Whistler
Whistler is a popular Canadian ski holiday destination, but over the course of the Labour Day weekend there will be an outdoor concert series. The fantastic summer weather normally lasts into September so it’s a great way to enjoy the late summer sun in the heart of the village!
Concert goers will hear the wonderful acoustic sounds of Big Sugar and Mother Mother as they perform as part of Whistler’s free outdoor concert series at the Olympic Plaza.
There will be a number of other events taking place as part of the Labour Day weekend events such as the annual Salomon Valley to Peak Race where you can watch people make their way up Whistler Mountain as part of a gruelling race.
The Canadian International Air Show
On 3-5 September Toronto will welcome the Canadian International Air Show, which is the largest and longest-running aviation display in Canada.
Over its six-decade-plus history the show has welcomed the Concorde, F-22 Raptor, the V-22 Osprey and lots more.
This year Canada’s national pride in the sky, the Canadian forces Snowbirds will be in town. Visitors will also be able to see a CF-18 Hornet Demo, the Breitling jet team, the U.S. Navy F/A 18f Super Hornet and lots of other aerial displays.
158th Paris Annual Fall Fair
A jewel in the crown of Ontario Fairs is the Paris Annual Fall Fair. For over 150 years this annual event that is held each year over Labour Day Weekend brings neighbours near & far to celebrate rural life.
The fair will be welcoming the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride at its Grandstand Show and visitors can also listen to a range of music over the course of the five-day festival, which runs until 5 September.
There will be a range of exhibitors at the show so you can pick up a souvenir or try some local delicacies as well as visit Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo to see an amazing reptile show.