10 Best Places to Watch Canada Day Fireworks
What better way to cap off your July 1st celebrations than with a spectacular fireworks show? Here are 10 of the best places to watch Canada Day fireworks in 2019.
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 noon and evening shows include performances by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, K’Naan, T. Thomason, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. The giant Canada Day fireworks finale can also be seen from the central loop of Confederation Boulevard, Major’s Hill Park, and along the Ottawa River.
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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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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 festival featuring street entertainment, food and fireworks. The wealth of day-long activities makes the Old Port a family-friendly choice. Fireworks commence at 10:15 p.m.
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Canada Place, Vancouver
Vancouver boasts the second-largest Canada Day celebration in the country (second only to Ottawa). With a fun-filled festival featuring food trucks, interactive exhibits, concerts and the evening fireworks show, going to Canada Place on July 1 is one of the best ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
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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. Canada’s Wonderland is also home to the world’s longest, tallest and fastest roller-coaster.
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, Dantzer’s Hill and Government House Park.
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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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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 nêhiyawak, Caleb Hart and Diamond Cafe.
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Atlantic Canada’s largest free-concert will be returning to Alderney Landing waterfront in Dartmouth for Canada Day. Performances include A-Trak, The Sorority, Ellevator and Cape Breton’s own, Carmen Townsend. To cap the night off, an incredible fireworks spectacle is lit at the Dartmouth Waterfront.
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Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Canada Day at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto is jam-packed with activities, from music to dance to street art.
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