Canada Day Celebrations


Canada Day is Sunday July 1, 2018. The whole weekend is filled with Canada Day celebrations! Fireworks, sparklers, parades and parties to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the start of summer!

Use the list and links below to help plan your perfect Canada day trip or getaway rich in history, nature or art. 

Happy Birthday Canada!


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Some of the most memorable Canada Day celebrations involve a trip to Ontario beaches where the cool fresh waters at will be waiting.  Canada Day traditions celebrate icons such as the canoebutter tarts (invented in Barrie Ontario), poutine and red and white flag face painting. Canada Day as we know it has only been celebrated since 1982, when it replaced Dominion Day, which was established by statute in 1879.  The first July 1 holiday to celebrate the “formation of the union of the British North America provinces” took place in 1868 one year after confederation. 


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Choose from our top destinations to celebrate Canada’s Birthday.

Algonquin Highlands

Canada Day celebrations and activities in the Algonquin Highlands. 

Blue Mountain Village

Canada Day Celebrations at Blue
Blue Mountain Village | June 30 – July 2, 2018
A Celebration of Canada with ceremonial flag cake, live music all weekend, headlining band The CARPET FROGS, guided hiking, family activities, SUBARU Movies Under The Stars and FIREWORKS!

Haliburton Highlands

Canada Day celebrations and activities in the Haliburton Highlands. 


Find more Canada Day activities and events in Midland

Canada Day Festival
July 1, 2018
Come celebrate in Little Lake Park with tons of attractions, music, and fun FREE activities for the whole family.  Please note fireworks for this year will be held in Rotary Park, Penetanguishene.

Canada Day Cruises
July 1, 2018
Canada Day – Fireworks Cruise with Live Music aboard Serendipity Princess (19+age requirement).  3 Hour Cruise departs at 7:30 p.m.  Reservations required. Dinner Cruise aboard Miss Midland.  Departs at 5:00 p.m.  Reservations required

An Evening with the Bee Gees
June 28, 2018, Midland Cultural Centre
NIGHT FEVER is the ultimate tribute to the Bee Gees. This show takes you back to the sound and the look of one of the greatest Pop Bands in history, The Bee Gees.

Summer Fun
Rounds Ranch, Elmvale | July 1, 2018


Canada Day Parades & Festivals in Muskoka
Celebrate Canada Day in Bracebridge, Honey Harbour, Gravenhurst, Port Sydney, Oxtongue Lake, Minett, Dorset, Walkser’s Point.

Canada Day 150 Celebrations
2018 TBA
Santa’s Village, Bracebridge
Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with parades, cake and all sorts of fun for the whole family!

Canada Day Dinner & Fireworks
Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa, Port Severn  | 2018 TBA
Dinner, fireworks, party with entertainment, late night bites and Canada Day favors.

Northern Ontario

Festival of the Sound Canada Day Cruise
July 1, 2018
Come celebrate Canada Day on the Island Queen. The cruise departs at 7:00 pm and returns by 10:00 pm in time for the fireworks. Tickets can be purchased online through our website, over the telephone or in-person at our office in Parry Sound.

Ontario’s Lake Country

Find more Canada Day activities and events in Ontario’s Lake Country

Orillia Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2018
The Orillia Canada Day Celebrations is a fun filled day!  Enjoy the parade, midway, children’s village, craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment and fireworks at dusk.

Burton Cummings & Band
Casino Rama | June 29 & 30, 2018
Celebrate Canada Day weekend with this legendary Canadian rocker best known for hits: “Break it to Them Gently”, “Fine State of Affairs” & “My Own Way to Rock”.

Ontario’s Highlands

Canada Day celebrations and activities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Ottawa Valley

Canada Day celebrations and activities in the Ottawa Valley


Looking for more?   Find more events and activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th.


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Canada Day Getaways in Muskoka
Make it a July long weekend to remember this year in Muskoka. Our resorts offer fun long weekend packages, and all of our local communities get into the patriotic spirit with fireworks, family programming, fun and festivities

Celebrate  Canada’s 150th at Bayview Wildwood Resort
Severn Bridge | June 30 – July 2, 2017 |  Rates from $448/person
Our Canada Day weekend package includes a 2 night stay with meals and all of our fun  family activities!  We will have lots of themed events  and will top the weekend off with an  outdoor dance party and fireworks on Saturday night! 2 Children (12&under) FREE  

Canada Celebrations at Deerhurst Resort
Huntsville | June 30 – July 1, 2017
Where better to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday than the quintessentially Canadian setting of Deerhurst Resort, a lakeside landmark with a rich heritage dating back to 1896. Book the Canada 150 Package and step into a fun-filled celebration jam-packed with complimentary activities including; live entertainment all weekend long, cake-in-the-lake, guided experiences like canoeing and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding), water ski show performed by members of the Canadian National Ski Show Team and Team SWS, and NEW this year our very own display of Canada 150 fireworks at our NEW Sunset Bay waterfront location! Plus families will love the Canada 150 Family Festival happening all day Saturday

Canada Day at Horseshoe Resort
Fireworks and celebrations TBA.

Hockley Canada Day Long Weekend
Hockely Resort, Mono
June 30 – July 2, 2017
Join us for this special celebratory weekend on Canada’s 150th birthday! Unwind and escape the city! Your stay includes: Accommodation, Full buffet breakfast for two & 3-course dinner in ‘cabin’ PLUS a guided hike Saturday, yoga class Sunday & live Music Friday & Saturday night .

Severn Lodge Canada Day Weekend
Port Severn | June 30 – July 3, 2017
Choose from 2-3 day packages that include accommodation in a lake view room or suite (some have fireplaces and/or Jacuzzi tubs), a fresh country breakfast on your day of departure, dinner on your day of arrival and 3 meals daily on all interim days.

Canada Day at The Briars
Jackson’s Point | June 30 – July 3, 2017
Mid-week Getaway Special – From July 3 to 21, 2017, indulge in a mid-week two-night stay at The Briars at a discounted rate.

Canada 150 Weekend Package
Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa | Port Severn | $605
2 night’s accommodation including breakfast and Canada Day dinner.  Front row seating to the fireworks, party with DJ

Celebrate Canada’s 150
June 30 & July 1 , 2017
Ste. Anne’s, Grafton
Save up to $90 per person, per night | From $324 per person, per night.
Why spend the long weekend at a cottage when you can escape to a beautiful spa cottage in the peacefulness of the country? Join us this long weekend and allow yourself to unwind.

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A list of communities, towns, villages and cities hosting special Canada Day Events.

Algonquin Highlands

Canada Day Celebrations
Algonquin East
On July 1 in Barry’s Bay. On July 1 in Killaloe & Eganville. Parades, Live Entertainment, Yard & Bake Sales, Soap Box Derby. Fishing Derby, Kids Games…and of course Fireworks!

Bruce County

Canada Day at Bluewater Park in Wiarton
pancake breakfast, all day bbq., usually a fish fry supper, vendors, kids game area , touch a truck, sometimes animals (weather pending), baseball tournament in the park, horseshoe tournament, and starting at noon it’s nonstop music in the tent till 1 am featuring many local talented bamds. And of course there’s the Canada Day celebrations and fireworks at dusk. family fun for everyone.

Canada Day at MacGregor Point
Canada Day at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Enjoy a collection of Canadian based interpretive programs that are fun for the whole family.

Canada Day Art Extravaganza
Sidewalk Art Extravaganza from 10am-2pm in front of the Old Town Hall building, with fun arts and crafts for kids of all ages. Show your artistic side and create some colourful fireworks on the sidewalk. Hosted by the Southampton Art School.

Grey County

Collingwood Festival for Canada & Collingwood Idol Competition
Celebrate our country and community at the Collingwood Festival for Canada, June 30th – July 2nd. This glowing family festival in the historic, harbourfront community of Collingwood is a traditional tribute to our glorious country. From June 30th to July 2nd, there are dozens of free family activities taking place throughout downtown Collingwood and the harbour area.

Canada Day Celebrations in Owen Sound
Owen Sound
June 30 – July 2. Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Kelso Beach, on the west shore of Owen Sound Bay. Enjoy an action-packed day of family activities and entertainment. Featuring fireworks on Canada Day (July 1st). A special extended celebration is planned for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Saturday 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Sunday 12 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Donations encouraged. View the Festival Canadiana website for more details.

Haliburton Highlands

Canada Day celebrations and activities in the Haliburton Highlands. 

Dorset Fireworks & Heritage Day
A fun event for all ages to enjoy history hands on, demonstrations, music, and BBQ.  Take a stroll through our Unique Marketplace of local area artists for that special gift.  Enjoy a tour of the museum’s large photo collection, and the history of our stores, schools, logging and family life. Fireworks for the community. Please give generously to support the Dorset Community Projects Group and local businesses to help pay for next year’s event.

Oxtongue Lake Community Centre Canada Day Celebration
Games, birthday cake, displays, BBQ, face painting, music & more – fun for all!

Canada Day Celebrations
Minden Hills
This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, which makes it more of a reason to show your national pride by coming out to Minden Hills’ annual Canada Day Celebration held on July 1st.. There are attractions for everyone to enjoy, including a new 1.5km family run!
Don’t forget the fireworks! At dusk, the Minden Hills Fire Department put on a spectacular fireworks show at the Minden Fairgrounds. Entry is by donation. All events and attractions occur from Main Street up to the Cultural Centre and are FREE, unless otherwise specified.


Multicultural Canada Day Festival
Each year the New Canadians Centre brings together a fantastic group of international food and craft vendors and stage performers from around the world- all celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Peterborough and Canada.

Canada Day Parade
Live music, pancake breakfast, face painting, children’s activities and more.

Canada Day in Buckhorn
Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Buckhorn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. until fireworks (approximately 10 p.m.). There is no admission to the event, however some activities have a small fee.

Canada Day in Lakefield
Celebrate Canada Day 2017 in Lakefield as the Community of Lakefield presents Canada Day in Lakefield. A free family oriented event to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!

Celebrate at Home – Peterborough 150 Canada 150
June 29 – July 2, 2017
Canada 150 Celebrations, Canada Day Parade, Multicultural Day, Peterborough Musicfest & Heritage Day.

Lake Simcoe & Barrie

Promenade Days & Canada Day Festivities
Kick-off Canada150 with the Snowbirds. The City of Barrie is excited to welcome the Canadian Forces Snowbirds to kick-off Canada150 celebrations here in Barrie! On the evening of Wednesday, June 28th, they will perform their thrilling aerobatic show over Kempenfelt Bay – a rare and exciting spectacle.

Canada Day in Bradford
In celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Town of BWG will be hosting a special Canada Day Parade through Bradford. Float applications will be welcome from local Community Groups and Businesses to help celebrate the history and culture of Canada.The festivities will continue in the evening at the Bradford & District Community Centre with lots of family friendly entertainment and activities outside. Live music, strolling entertainment, inflatable games, obstacle course and much more!

Mattawa Voyageur Country

Canada Day celebrations and activities in the Mattawa Voyageur Country.


Canada Day Festivities
June 23-24, 2017 | Victoria Harbour
Come out and join various community organizations and countless volunteers for the Annual Canada Day Celebration. Proceeds to Radio for Cardiology and St Vincent de Paul Food bank. Bring your family and friends for a memorable fun-filled weekend.

Midland Canada Day Festival
It’s Canada’s 150th birthday!  Come celebrate in Little Lake Park with tons of attractions, music, and fun FREE activities for the whole family.  Please note fireworks for this year will be held in Rotary Park, Penetanguishene.

S.S. Keewatin
Port McNicoll | Open Daily
Take a step back in time by touring the S.S. Keewatin, a 110 year old Edwardian-era passenger steamship.


Bracebridge Fireworks Spectacular
Visit downtown Bracebridge for family activities followed by a spectacular Rotary Fireworks display over Bracebridge Bay.

Muskoka Lakes Canada 150 Celebration
Treatment” with regatta games, live animal shows, ice cream pontoon cruises, SUP yoga, water ski performances, aerial acrobatics, astronomy and an impressive fireworks display.  In addition to resort offerings, the Township of Muskoka Lakes will be organizing activities,  live music  and fireworks for Canada Day celebration for guests, cottagers and locals to enjoy at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka, Cleveland’s House and SWS Marina.

Canada Day Celebrations in Gravenhurst
Join us for a fun filled, family day. Hot Dogs, Cake, Games and More!!! Put on your Red and White and join in this free family celebration!

Canada Day in Huntsville
Celebration Itinerary – Mark Your Calendar. The Decades Parade is a Canada 150 addition to Huntsville’s traditional Canada Day celebration.

Northern Ontario

Voyageur RibFest
North Bay
This year, Ribfest will be on Canada’s 150 birthday weekend so we’re going ALL OUT Canadiana – everything we love about Canada will be celebrated!

Canada Day at the North Bay Waterfront
Visit our North Bay waterfront for fireworks, musical performances, kid zone and much more!

Canada Day Celebration
Sault Ste Marie
Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at Roberta Bondar Park and Pavilion. Enjoy family entertainment and children’s activities, from carnival games to balloon animals, face painting to clay crafts. Join us at the Tent Pavilion to enjoy a variety of free entertainment. Also available are a variety of food vendors in addition to the park concession and ice cream shop. Opening Ceremonies begin at 1 pm followed by an afternoon of various entertainment. Following the evenings band performance is the Fireworks Presentation at dusk!

Canada Day on the Waterfront
Thunder Bay
CELEBRATE CANADA 150 ON THE WATERFRONT ON SATURDAY, JULY 1! Canada Day on the Waterfront is Thunder Bay’s biggest annual one-day event. Programming runs from 5 – 11 pm, culminating in the area’s biggest fireworks display. Event details will be posted here in early June.

Science North’s Canada Day Celebration
The festivities include everything from face painting, cool science, live demonstrations, arts and crafts, live entertainment, inflatables, and of course, a stunning fireworks display! This celebratory event plays host to a variety of bilingual entertainers on the main stage for both children and adults alike throughout the day including the KiSS Canada Day Band Jam competition.

Ontario’s Lake Country

Canada Day celebrations and activities in Ontario’s Lake Country.

Ramara’s 150th Celebration
Various events throughout weekend. Fun for the whole family. Volleyball Tournament. Decorated Boat Parade. Vendors. Crafts and Games (Horseshoes, etc.). Dance & other Demonstrations. Beer & Food Tent. Taw Connors. Entertainment & Street Dance. Ramara Historical Society Displays. Kids Day, Fireworks.

Orillia Canada Day Celebrations
The Orillia Canada Day Celebrations is a fun filled day!  Enjoy the parade, midway, children’s village, craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment and fireworks at dusk.

Washago’s Canada 150 Celebration & Parade
A days full of events including pancake breakfast, model trains, face painting, parade and more.

Ontario’s Highlands

Canada Day in Bancroft
Fireworks to take place at Dusk. Located at the York River Millennium Park. Contact the Town of Bancroft for further information at 613-332-3331. 

Ottawa Valley 

Celebrate Our Rivers in Canada’s 150th!
The Bonnechere River Watershed Project is partnering the Ottawa River Institute (ORI) and with numerous other organizations and municipalities again this summer to bring group paddle opportunities to residents and tourists. Some of the events also featured local food and entertainment, and all feature lots of fun!

Canada Day in Pembroke
A wide variety of family activities are offered along with musical entertainment at the Waterfront before a spectacular fireworks display at Riverside Park, followed by an outdoor movie on a three-story screen.