Celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa

Get ready for Ottawa’s most spectacular Canada Day ever! There are plenty of things going on to celebrate our nation’s independence all throughout Canada’s capital. Show your Canadian pride by checking out these upcoming events.

The Week Before Canada Day

Starting June 22 through July 1, the Canada Day Festival will take place at Andrew Haydon Park, about ten minutes from the Nepean community. There will be food, games, a car show, pony rides, live entertainment, fireworks and even helicopter rides. Admission is free.

The Ottawa’s Canada Day Arts Festival begins June 30 too. Be sure to check out the Nepean Concert Band for their Canada Day performance.

Jacques-Cartier Park Events

Jacques-Cartier Park will be set up for the kids on Canada Day. Games and physical activities, live entertainment and inflatable slides will be just some of the things that are going on. There will be a shuttle to the park from other areas in Ottawa.

Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Happenings

The Parliament Hill festivities, moments from The Glebe neighbourhood, will start at 9 a.m. with a performance from Peace Tower’s bell carillon.

After a 21-gun salute at noon, the main stage will feature performances from cultural groups and Canada Day speeches.

There will be a concert too, including performers like The Barenaked Ladies, Johnny Reid, Isabelle Boulay, Done Taylor and more. Another concert will take place at 6:30, where various Canadian artists will take the main stage.

The Grand Finale

It wouldn’t be Canada Day without fireworks.  Starting at 10 p.m., fireworks will be set off over the Ottawa River at Parliament Hill. Make sure to save yourself a seat in advance. Some of the best places include Jacques-Cartier Park and Major’s Hill Park – just moments from Byward Market.

Have any special Canadian ways of celebrating our day? As always, feel free to leave us a comment.

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