1. Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Why not spend Canada’s birthday in the nation’s capital? While this year’s festivities are happening throughout Ottawa, the place to be remains Parliament Hill. The evening show line-up includes performances by Arkells, Lights and Brigitte Boisjoli. The giant Canada Day fireworks finale is best seen from three vantage points: the central loop of Confederation Boulevard, Major’s Hill Park and the lawn of the Canadian Museum of History.
2. Niagara Falls, Ontario
This one is another no-brainer. Niagara Falls is already one of Canada’s biggest attractions, but on the country’s birthday, expect a ridiculous amount of people to come and celebrate, so arrive as early as you can. The phenomenal sights and sounds make Niagara Falls one of the places to be on July 1.
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3. The Old Port, Montreal
Located in Old Montreal, the Old Port stretches over two kilometres along the St. Lawrence River. Every year on Canada Day, Montreal hosts its annual parade featuring street entertainment, food and fireworks. The parade and wealth of day-long activities makes the Old Port a family-friendly choice. Fireworks commence at 10:15 p.m.
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4. Canada Place, Vancouver
Vancouver boasts the second-largest Canada Day celebration in the country (second only to Ottawa). With the fun-filled daytime festival, the evening parade through downtown Vancouver and the fireworks show, going to Canada Place on July 1 is one of the best ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
5. Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario
If you’re going to Canada’s Wonderland this summer, chances are it’ll be for the rollercoasters and waterparks. But on Canada Day, it’s all about the fireworks display. More than 375 man hours will go into designing the Canada Day fireworks show this year, with 6,000 colourful explosions lighting the night sky atop Wonder Mountain for 15 minutes.
6. North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton
Celebrate Canada Day by watching a dynamic display of fireworks over Edmonton’s river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River. To get the best views of the fireworks, try watching the display from the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park and Government House Park.
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7. The Forks, Winnipeg
Known as Winnipeg’s “meeting place,” The Forks is located in the heart of downtown at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers and draws more than four million visitors annually. Early Aboriginal peoples and European fur traders and settlers traded there. Canada Day at The Forks is an awesome blend of music, history and fireworks.
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8. Inner Harbour, Victoria
The Canada Day celebration at Victoria’s Inner Harbour includes two performance stages, family-friendly events and an annual fireworks display. This year, live music entertainment includes performances by Olivier Couture, Band of Rascals and Paint the Town Red, a local Indigenous hip-hop group.
9. Dartmouth, Halifax
Atlantic Canada’s largest free-concert will be returning to Alderney Landing waterfront in Dartmouth for Canada Day. Performances include Juno-nominees Allan Rayman and Mo Kenney. To cap the night off, an incredible fireworks spectacle is lit from Halifax Harbour.
10. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Canada Day at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto is jam-packed with activities, from music to dance to street art.