July 1, 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and communities across the country are pulling out all the stops to mark this major anniversary.
Experience the diversity of Canadian landscape and culture and join the Canada 150 celebrations at one of the country’s capital cities.
The iconic Parliament Hill is Ottawa’s Canada Day hot spot
As the capital of Canada, there’s no surprise that Canada Day in Ottawa is a big event. Exhibits, games, and performances will take place at the Canadian Museum of History and fireworks at the capital’s Parliament Hill.
If you plan on checking out the action at Parliament Hill, book a room at Four Points by Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa. Though actually located in Gatineau, Quebec, this hotel is just a 15 minute walk away.
The weekend’s events take place along the city’s waterfront at Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
The city of Vancouver is organizing a two-day programme to celebrate ‘Canada 150’. Visitors are invited to start the celebrations at a pancake breakfast and a citizenship ceremony where 150 new Canadians will be welcomed into the country. Over the two days there will also musical performances by beloved Canadian musicians such as Sam Roberts at five stages across the city.
Located along the city’s waterfront, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel is just steps away from Canada Place where the majority of Canada Day celebrations will be taking place.
The historic Alberta Legislature building is open to the public this weekend
The focus on Canada Day in Edmonton this year is to celebrate the richness of the Alberta region’s cultural landscape, especially that of the its indigenous peoples. As part of this Indigenous Showcase, attendees are invited to immerse themselves in the culture of Alberta’s first people through storytelling. The historic Alberta Legislature building will also be open to the public to explore.
Just a few blocks from the Alberta Legislature building, Matrix Hotel is the perfect home base for your Canada Day celebrations.
Regina’s celebrations come to a close at 11pm with a firework display
Celebrations in Regina will focus not only on Canada’s 150th anniversary, but on diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the environment, and youth. Music, food, art, and cultural performances will take place throughout the day and night, with fireworks closing the day at 11pm.
Located in the heart of downtown Regina, Hotel Saskatchewan has onsite parking and is close to public transit, making it easy to get to any of the day’s festivities.
Don’t miss Osborne Village’s Canada Day Classic Street Hockey Tournament
In addition to the live music, entertainment, and food available at Winnipeg’s celebrations, attendees are also invited to participate in the Canada Day Classic Street Hockey Tournament. Taking place in Osborne Village, teams of four will compete for the title of winner.
The Columns Bed & Breakfast is located in Armstrong Points, a neighbourhood neighbouring Osborne Village. Guests have access to a kitchenette and BBQ facilities so you can refuel after a day spent playing street hockey.
Toronto’s music-filled weekend ends with a spectacular fireworks display
Toronto’s Canada Day celebrations are all about music. Over the four days of events, over 130 performances ranging from music and dance to circus and street arts, will take place at locations across the city. Following tradition, celebrations will come to a close with a spectacular fireworks display.
Just steps away from Dundas Square, one of the performance locations for the weekend’s elebrations, Bond Place Hotel is your ideal Canada Day accommodation in Toronto.
People of any age and ability can participate in the day’s fitness activites
Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City is set to be a great place for families this Canada Day. The city has organized a variety of arts and fitness activities perfect for those of any age or ability, plus celebratory cake,musical performances, and fireworks in the evening.
If you’re going to be in Quebec City for Canada Day, there’s no better place to stay than the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. In addition to being right at Terrasse Dufferin, one of the venue’s for the day’s events, Le Chateau Frontenac is an iconic Quebec landmark.
Take a break from the celebrations and explore Fredericton’s downtown waterfront
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Fredericton is spreading their celebrations across two days, starting with a party Friday night. But don’t go too wild on the Friday, as there will be a parade and activities on Saturday before the evening’s firework show.
With Canada Day events taking place throughout downtown Fredericton, you’ll want a central accommodation, such as Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton.
Start the day off right with a delicious pancake breakfast
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Start your ‘Canada 150’ celebrations off on the right foot with a delicious pancake breakfast with your family and friends. Once you’ve had your fill of delicious maple syrup, explore the Halifax Common where free concerts and other family-focused events will be taking place. As the day comes to a close, head up to Citadel Hill or grab a spot at the commons to watch some fireworks.
With a full day’s worth of events taking place at Halifax Commons, you’ll want an accommodation that’s nearby. Luxury Apartment Downtown Halifax is a self-catered apartment just 4 blocks from the Commons, which means you won’t have far to go when you need to rest your feet.
Don’t miss the tall ships that will be docked in the Charlottetown Harbour this weekend
On Canada Day 2017, Charlottetown’s port will see the arrival of a fleet of enormous ships. Not a normal part of the Canada Day festivities, these ships are actually part of the Rendezvous 2017 Regatta, a trans-Atlantic race of 40 tall ships. Over the course of five months, they will have travelled 7,000 nautical miles, and visited six countries. While Charlottetown is not a stop in the race itself, as a guest port for nine of the ships, visitors will have the opportunity to explore these cathedrals of the sea during their stay.
If you plan on visting the tall ships docked in the Charlottetown Harbour, the Great George hotel is a great option located in downtown Charlottetown.
A bouncy castle is just one of the great activities available at Quidi Vidi Lake
St. John’s, Newfoundland
If you’re celebrating Canada’s Day in St. John’s don’t miss out on the ‘Wake Up the Nation Breakfast’. Located in the country’s earliest time zone, the city is kicking off the day’s events in proper east coast style, complete with live performances. After, head to Quidi Vidi Lake for a family fun day filled with concerts and fireworks.
Canada Day festivities start at 6am sharp at Signal Hill National Historic Site, so you’ll want an accommodation that is nearby. Premiere Suites – St. John’s Signal Hill Gate is walking distance from both Signal Hill National Historic Site and Quidi Vidi Lake, where other events are taking place.
Refuel at one of the food trucks that will be parked at Shipyards Park
The city of Whitehorse is going all-out to celebrate ‘Canada 150’ with an action-packed schedule. Even the youngest attendees will find no shortage of things to do in the Kids’ Zone, which features face-painting, crafts, and costume competitions. For the older visitors, there are cultural performances, food trucks, and a performance by the popular Canadian band July Talk.
Just down the road from Shipyards Park, the venue for Whitehorse’s Canada 150 celebrations, Days Inn Whitehorse is an ideal choice of accommodation.
Take home a photo booth photo as a memory of your Canada 150 celebrations
Yellowknife, Northwest Territory
Somba K’e Civic Plaza is the must-visit spot in Yellowknife this Canada Day. Explore the food and craft vendors that will line the plaza, browse the books available in the Northwest Territories Literacy Bookmobile, or spend some time in a bouncy castle. You can even take home a photo souvenir of your ‘Canada 150’ celebration from the photo booth.
Situated a short stroll from Somba K’e Civic Plaza, Capital Suites Yellowknife is a great place to call home this Canada Day weekend. If you need a break from the festivities, the beach is just an 8-minute walk away as well!
A Canada Day and civic ceremony are two of the day’s events
One of the newest capital cities in Canada, Iqaluit has held the title for just 18 years – a short time when compared to Canada’s 150-year history. To celebrate this year’s anniversary, the city has organized a pancake breakfast followed by a Canada Day parade and civic ceremony.
The centrally locaed Hotel Arctic is walking distance from all of the Canada 150 event locations, as well as other major city sights.