Hi there, I’ve prepared a list of all the activities in Ottawa for Canada Day! I’m going to include as many locations as possible, so if I miss something, please let me know! This information is not part of my weekly post as it would dominate the post. Details are subject to change so please take a look at the sponsor’s website for any changes. There are various activities at each of the events including mid-way rides, great concerts, fireworks and other family friendly events so please look at each when deciding what to do for the weekend! This year, I’ve included some other random events that you can find throughout the city with a Canada Day theme. Have a great Canada Day!!!
Location: Clark Field, Barrhaven
Time: June 28th: 12:00pm – 10:30pm
June 29th: 12:00pm – 10:30pm
June 30th: 12:00pm – 10:30pm
July 1st: 8:00am – 10:30pm
Details: Canada Day Barrhaven Inc. is very excited for this year’s edition of Mattamy Homes Canada Day in Barrhaven. We are a partnership of local Community Associations, Business members, City of Ottawa Councillors, Service Groups, Churches and Youth Groups that are dedicated and committed to bringing the best Canada Day in Barrhaven celebration to our community at Clark Fields. Our event could not take place without the support of our title sponsor Mattamy Homes, grants from Heritage Canada and the City of Ottawa, our Major sponsors Majic 100, Homeniuk Rides, Ottawa Special Events and the Barrhaven Business Improvement area, donations from various business and of course our 100+ volunteers that come out each and every year. Our Kidz Zone has a free Activity Area and a Gym area with interactive games for children of all ages and a Kidz Zone Stage with many young child friendly acts. Our four day midway held from June 28 to July 1 has lots of games, food and amusement. An essential portion of our activities incorporates multi-cultural expression in song and dance, language and dress, bringing together the various ethnic and religious persuasions represented in our diverse community on our Multi-Cultural Stage. As our community becomes so much more diverse culturally we want to bring in even more multi-cultural activities, to partner with this we will be offering cuisines from the many different cultures. On our Main Stage, before our main acts perform, we will have a parade of Territorial, Provincial and Canadian Flags carried by people from different cultures, the singing of our National Anthem, official remarks from Federal, Provincial and municipal elected officials. Our master of ceremony duties will be performed in both official languages and where feasible promotion and advertising will incorporate both official languages. The day ends with spectacular fireworks choreographed to music which always amazes people of all ages.
Location: Blackburn Hamlet Community Association, 190 Glen Park Drive
Time: July 1st 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/179446982718251/
Details: Join your neighbors for an evening of fun activities for all ages, food and fireworks!
Location: 2620 Market Street
Time: July 1st 2:00pm – 11:00pm
Details: Canada Day in Cumberland is one of the most family friendly fun event that offers free food and entertainment for all age groups.
Location: Pineview Community Association, 1485 Meadowbrook Road
Time: July 1st 10:00am – 3:00pm
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/892638517609702/
Details: All are welcome at Pineview’s family-friendly Canada Day Party on July 1st, a FREE, accessible and fun event for all ages! Our activity stations will showcase local Gloucester history and local community organizations. Planned free activities include crafts, face painting, sporting demonstrations, human board games, and a toddler play area. Special Guest: Princess and Superhero 🙂
Location: Greely Community Centre
Time: July 1st 2:00pm – 11:00pm
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/187075538665603/?active_tab=about
Details: Canada Day in Greely this year starts off at 2pm with a great line up of events.
- Beer Garden and Live Music 2:00pm – 9:00pm
- Trolley Rides – 6pm – 8pm
- Pony Rides for the Kids;
- BBQ – Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Drinks;
- Greely Idol Singers – 9:00pm
- Fireworks – 10:00pm
Location: Walter Baker Park, off Terry Fox Drive
Time: June 29th 4:00pm – 10:00pm
June 30th 10:00am – 10:00pm
July 1st 8:00am – 11:00pm
Details: Canada Day In Kanata is the second largest Canada Day festival in our Nations Capital – downtown being the largest. This is a Free event, with free parking, and lots of family fun! This event is hosted by the Canada Day in Kanata Association.
Location: Trend Arlington Community Association, 50 Bellman Drive
Time: July 1st 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787818167963170/
Details: After last year’s amazing Canada Day celebration here in our neighbourhood, we’re making this an annual event, hosted by the Trend Arlington Community Association, with support from Ward 9 City Councillor Keith Egli. We’ll have a hot dog BBQ, a campfire, an all-Canadian music playlist, some special guest visitors, and to end the evening….FIREWORKS! Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Bring a picnic. Bring a flag. Bring a friend. Admission is free. Concessions will be sold at very modest prices. The event will take place on Sunday July 1 from 6pm – 10pm at Trend Arlington Community Building, located at 50 Bellman Drive. Our goal is to launch the fireworks as close as possible to when it gets dark, but we’ll be sure to announce our launch time in the days leading up to the big night.
Location: Petrie Island
Time: July 1st 11:00am – 11:00pm
Details: Canada Day on Petrie Island is one of the largest Canada Day events in the nation’s capital, and one of the largest volunteer-run celebration in the country. Attracting upwards of 20,000 local and regional residents, this free and safe alternative to the downtown crowds offers a family-friendly destination for east end and surrounding communities.
Location: The party takes place in three locations, Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, and the Canadian Museum of History.
Time: June 30th 11:00am – 11:00pm (see website for locations/schedule)
July 1st 8:00am – 11:00pm (see website for locations/schedule)
Details: Save the dates: PLURAL! We’ve got back to back super fun festivities planned for you this Canada Day! It’s the perfect opportunity for out-of-towners to plan a visit to Canada’s Capital Region this summer or for residents to discover it all over again. In any event, Ottawa–Gatineau is most definitely THE place to be during this year’s Canada Day party! Stellar events are in the cards for you and your family this year on our three official sites: Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History and Major’s Hill Park. Kick off the celebrations at Major’s Hill Park on June 30 with an array of colourful activities for the whole family, including unique circus performances, games and a community culinary experience. Get ready to groove on awesome beats from Ottawa’s own Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine; MEGAPHONO Showcase featuring LeFLOFRANCO, SeiiizMikk and Jah’kota, and in the evening, Andréanne A. Malette and River Town Saints.
On July 1, the same exciting experience awaits people of all ages at Major’s Hill Park with performances by Charlotte Cardin, the Noubi Trio, The Beaches, Logan Staats, Jacobus and La Bronze. The Tim Hortons stage will be rocking with Canadian talent, that’s for sure! On the other side of the river, there will be free participatory activities for the whole family at the Museum of Canadian History on July 1, rain or shine! Also, at the end of the day, the Museum is still THE best place to watch the President’s Choice pyro-musical show! Note to self: arrive early on Canada Day! Parliament Hill will be booming with a lineup of great activities as of 8 a.m. on the East Lawn that include an Algonquin blessing of the grounds and water, special artistic performances at the Centennial Flame, a participatory musical experience led by Samajam, a Carillon concert at the Peace Tower and a final performance by Samajam.
The Canada Day Noon Show will be hosted by Lisa Charleyboy and Marième. It will include remarks from dignitaries, a flypast by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and performances by Arkells, Lights, Brigitte Boisjoli, Iskwé, Jean-Marc Couture, Rose Cousins and Martina Ortiz Luis. As for the Canada Day Evening Show, it starts at 7 p.m. and will feature the same amazing talent as the Noon Show, so you’re in luck if you missed out. In addition to the noon lineup are: Ruth B, Klô Pelgag, The Dead South, Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine and DJ Shub. Also joining the celebrations are winter Olympic athletes Mikaël Kingsbury and Kim Boutin, and Paralympic athletes Brian McKeever and Mollie Jepsen. The weekend will end on a dazzling note thanks to the 15-minute President’s Choice Canada Day fireworks show at 10 p.m. on July 1, igniting the Ottawa–Gatineau sky in a spectacular way! Join us as we experience historic moments, embrace our Canadian pride and highlight great accomplishments during this year’s Canada Day celebration! Be there!
Riverside South/Findlay Creek
Location: Claudette Cain Park
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Website: https://riversidesouth.org/rsca-canada-day-celebration-2018-2/ or Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/211863079619976/
Details: Once again the RSCA will be hosting our annual Canada Day event, and we aim to make this our best year yet! We have a BBQ, live shows, inflatables, petting zoo and pony rides, laser tag, train rides, clowns, balloons, face painting, and so much more!!! It is an event to remember, and definitely not to be missed! The cost is only $15 per child (3+), which covers everything except food and pony rides (older children/adults not going on rides don’t need a fun pass). Stay tuned for discounted tickets available online before the event! This event would not be possible without our wonderful neighbours giving their time to make sure this is a fun and safe time for all! Please won’t you consider volunteering just 2 (or more hours) to help make this event possible? As a thank you, volunteers get free fun passes for their kids, and free food for themselves!
National Arts Centre
Time: July 1st 10:00am – 6:00pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/247635445988310/
Details: The National Arts Centre is the place to be on Canada Day, offering a full slate of free family-friendly performances and activities on Sunday, July 1. Canada Day at the NAC features an impressive host of artists and activities. As the Living Room of the City, July 1 at the National Arts Centre will be a wonderful and inviting opportunity to explore a number of events and performances in the NAC’s public spaces. (See link for complete schedule)
Canadian Golf and Country Club
Time: July 1st 11:00am – 12:00am (July 2nd)
Website: https://canadiangolfclub.com/collections/canada-day or Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/403942063404623/
Details: The Canadian Golf and Country Club would like to welcome you to join us for your Canada Day festivities. We will be holding our annual 18 Hole Shotgun Tournament followed by our Coast to Coast Dinner Stations! And of course, what would Canada Day be without fireworks? At 9:30 p.m. we would like to welcome everyone to join us outside for a spectacular firework display.
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Time: July 1st 10:00am – 2:00pm
Details: Join us at the Diefenbunker Museum on Canada’s 151st Birthday. We’ll have family-friendly activities, a Canada themed scavenger hunt through the entire 4 storey underground Bunker, an obstacle course, and more! This year we are excited to offer Little Ray’s Reptiles, reptile show from 11:00 to 12:00. There will be lizards, snakes, spiders and more! We’ll also have a BBQ with hot dogs and veggie dogs. As well as frozen treats and drinks for an affordable price! Please note our special hours: 10am – 2pm Cost: Free admission Entry times must be booked ahead of time through Eventbrite. Entry cannot be guaranteed without a pre-booked ticket.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Time: July 1st 9:00am – 5:00pm
Website: https://ingeniumcanada.org/events/canada-day-canada-aviation-and-space-museum or Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/176794833160751/
Details: The Canada Aviation and Space Museum and NAV Canada invite everyone to a great day of fun and entertainment! Celebrate Canada like never before at this country’s premier aerospace museum, with dynamic activities for the whole family. The Museum is the ideal venue in any weather: sun, rain or summer heat. Admission is free all day on July 1, but donations are welcome. (Full schedule on the website)
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Time: July 1st 9:30am – 4:30pm
Details: It’s time to celebrate! The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is highlighting Canada’s birthday with lots of exciting activities for the whole family. Our special demonstrations will offer visitors the chance to learn about Canadian agriculture and learn about different Canadian breeds of livestock. There will be games, a craft, ice cream making and tasting, as well a chance to sample a Canadian classic: Nanaimo bars.
Living Flag – Rideau Centre Rooftop
Time: July 1st 9:30am – 11:30am
Details: Dear Proud Canadian, We invite you and your family to be part of Ottawa’s only Living Flag this Canada Day! Come on up to the picturesque rooftop of CF Rideau Centre in Downtown Rideau on July 1 to celebrate Canada and be a body in our Living Flag! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, music, a chance to take part in a professional group photo, camaraderie. Pre-register online to GUARANTEE your spot, receive a commemorative Canada 151 t-shirt and be eligible for fabulous door prizes. Ensure you reserve a space (and t-shirt!) for ALL MEMBERS of your group by registering separately for each. A friendly reminder to please dress in red or white clothing, particularly white shorts or pants if you wish to be in the front row of the flag (for photo purposes).
ON-SITE REGISTRATION: 9:30am
FLAG FORMATION: 11:00am
EVENT ENDS: 11:30am
Pay tribute to this great country!
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Time: July 1st 9:00am – 5:00pm
Website: https://ingeniumcanada.org/events/canada-day-canada-science-and-technology-museum or Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/829552450572113/
Details: Celebrate Canada Day with a variety of fun activities for the whole family! Stroll through our new galleries, and discover how science and technology touches the lives of Canadians. Don’t miss the chance to take part in exciting, hands-on activities—and see the premiere of our new demonstration, Cryo-Genius. Free admission to visit the museum (parking fees and ticket fees to THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibition still apply).
Canada Day Fireworks Raft Trip
Time: July 1st 7:30pm – 11:00pm (estimated)
Details: Come down the river with us to get the best seat in house to view the fireworks! What better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday!
Night Life/After Parties:
Time: July 1st 10:00pm – 3:00am (July 2nd)
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/davidos-official-dj-ecool-live-in-ottawa-on-canada-day-afrobass-tickets-45452455518?aff=efbeventtix or Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/440267913062247/
Details: Afrobass.ca is proud to announce our 1st event inside the world famous venue, the Bourbon Roo. Our goal is to promote and push the afroeat culture forward. What better way to jump start our mission than by giving you Afrobeat #1 DJs.
Kinki Lounge Kitchen
Time: July 1st 2:00pm – 2:30am (July 2nd)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/385881275264648/
Details: NO COVER – All day all night! Join us on the newly renovated KINKI Patio for the best CANADA DAY celebration in the heart of the byward market! As always, we’re dressing up the patio with serious sound, lighting & decor for an intimate CELEBRATION!
Time: July 1st 10:30pm – 2:00am (July 2nd)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/186048868767180/
Details: OHH CANADA! To all our fellow Canadians we would like to invite you to our CANADA DAY LITUATION PARTY! Our request only night is back in full motion. This time around you can email or DM us ANY SONG YOU WANT US TO PLAY. We have Ian Lorts & Jay Mrqz coming down from Toronto, to shut down Ottawa for the night! Our brother Dj Fids will also be celebrating his Birthday in full effect as well. The man is born on Canada Day!