Canada Day – Fireworks, Festivities and Fun

 

Canada Day is Sunday July 1, 2018 and we can tell you exactly where to catch the best things happening up north in beautiful Ontario. 

There will be no shortage of fireworks displays, sparklers, festivals, 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 road trip day trip or getaway rich in Canadian history, nature, music 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.

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. 

Lake Simcoe & Barrie

Canada Day Celebrations
Horseshoe Resort
Barrie
Join us on Canada Day for incredible family entertainment, fireworks and more!

Midland

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
Midland Tours July 1, 2018
Come celebrate Canada Day aboard the Miss Midland on July 1st.  Sightseeing cruises depart at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m..  Ribfest dinner cruise departs at 5:00 p.m. with live music & enjoy the fireworks display at sunset with a cruise at 8:30 p.m. with live music.  Reservations are recommended.

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

Muskoka

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

Fireworks Cruise
Sunset Cruises, Port Carling

Super Canada Day
July 1, 2018 | Santa’s Village, Bracebridge
This Sunday, July 1, come visit us for Superhero training – create your Superhero identity and take the Superhero Oath to become the hero you’ve always dreamed of being! And, after you’re a certified Superhero, get ready to meet and greet the legendary heroes Spiderman (from 11 am to 1 pm) and Iron Man (2 pm – 4 pm)!

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The Kee to Bala | June 29 & 30, 2018 | July 1& 2, 2018

FunkFest
Sawdust Brewery, Gravenhurst
Canada’s Funkiest 150th Birthday Celebration!  Muskoka’s Sour Beer & Funky Music Festival. Liven your tastebuds with barrel-aged Berliners, funky-fresh fruit brews and pucker power concoctions from Canadian craft breweries! Live music, fresh food, and festivities hosted in a blow-out parking lot party under the big Muskoka sky!

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 Day at Bayview Wildwood Resort
Severn Bridge | June 29 – July 2, 2018 |  Rates from $681/person
Our Canada Day weekend package includes a 3 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 29 – July 2, 2018
Where better to celebrate the nation’s birthday than the quintessentially Canadian setting of Deerhurst Resort, a lakeside landmark with a rich heritage dating back to 1896. We’re celebrating by honouring the past, celebrating the present, and ensuring future generations enjoy the great Canadian outdoor experience that gives our nation its character, and Muskoka its enduring appeal.

Hockley Canada Day Long Weekend
Hockely Resort, Mono
June 29 – July 2, 2018
This summer escape for a Canada Day long weekend. Unwind and escape the city!

Severn Lodge Canada Day Weekend
Port Severn | June 28 – July 1, 2018
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 
Mid-week Ontario summer getaway Special – Indulge in a mid-week two-night stay at The Briars at a discounted rate: For only $194.50 per person, per night, your two-night stay in our luxurious accommodations includes: dinner and breakfast, all activities and amenities plus one $25 gift voucher (per room), perfect to spend at our full-service spa or for a welcome drink in Drinkwaters Lounge.

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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
Southampton
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
Collingwood
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. 

Salerno Lake Annual Canada Day Fireworks
Our very own Maestros of the Pyrotechnics, The Bartley family will be presenting the Annual Canada Day Fireworks Celebration sponsored by the SDLCA, at dusk on Saturday June 30th, 2018 @ 10 pm. 

Canada Day Celebrations in Highlands East
Find Canada Day celebrations across Highlands East Cardiff, Highland Grove, Wilberforce, Tory Hill & Gooderham 

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
Attractions for everyone to enjoy like the classic car show, kids fishing derby, live music and performances, demonstrations. Don’t forget the fireworks at the Minden Fairgrounds. Entry is by donation.

Kawarthas

Peterborough Music Fest
Peterborough
The Jerry Cans (Inuit Folk)

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

OSM Township Canada Day Celebration
Every July 1, the Township hosts the Keene Canada Day parade and celebration.

Lake Simcoe & Barrie

Canada Day Celebration
Horseshoe Resort
Join us on Canada Day for incredible family entertainment, fireworks and more!

Promenade Days & Canada Day Festivities
Barrie
Celebrate Canada Day in downtown Barrie!  Every Canada Day, Barrie features live entertainment and family activities in partnership with Promenade Days, Downtown Barrie’s street festival!

Canada Day in Bradford
Bradford
In celebrating Canada’s 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!

Midland

Canada Day Festivities
June 22-23 2018 | 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
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.

Muskoka

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

Muskoka Lakes Museum Canada Day Celebration
This Canada Day — Sunday, July 1st  — come in to see our NEW ‘Winter in Muskoka’ interactive display and exhibit. We’ll also have refreshments available at the museum, and FREE birthday cake.

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
Huntsville’s Canada Day community celebration will take place in the pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place, 88 Brunel Road, on Sunday July 1, 2018. For this day only, the gates to Muskoka Heritage Place, Village and Museum entrance, will open at 9 am. Admission is free to the Canada Day celebrations, until 11 am. At 10 am on the Village Green at Muskoka Heritage Place, dignitaries, guests and residents will be welcomed by ‘Captain George Hunt’. Following a Land Acknowledgement statement, greetings will be shared from Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison, Parry-Sound Muskoka Member of Parliament, the honourable Tony Clement, and Parry-Sound Muskoka Member of Provincial Parliament, Norm Miller.

Canada’s Day Celebration
Minnett
Join us at the JW Marriott The Muskoka Resort & Spa, Minett for a full day of Canada Day celebrations and fireworks.

Walker’s Point Marina Canada Day Fireworks
June 30, 2018
FIREWORKS this year will be even bigger and better! Some say the BEST IN MUSKOKA! Come on down by land or by boat and watch them with us on

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 151th Birthday at Roberta Bondar Park and Pavilion.

Canada Day on the Waterfront
Thunder Bay
CELEBRATE CANADA DAY 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.

Ontario’s Lake Country

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

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 Day 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 

Canada’s Day Celebration
Renfrew
Join the Township of Admaston/Bromley for the 151st Canada Day celebrations! Come enjoy live musical entertainment as well as a variety of fun family events! 

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.