Canada is celebrating its 142nd birthday this Wednesday. A joyous day full of parades, barbecues, and, of course, fireworks, most Canadians (and visitors to this great northern country) will get their fill of spectacular July 1st celebrations. Below, we’ve listed all of the details for major Canada Day fireworks across the country, as well as the best Canadian hotels to stay at if you happen to be visiting during the festivities.
Canada Day in Vancouver:
If you are going to be on Canada’s West Coast join in the Canada Day celebrations happening all around Vancouver.
Canada Place is celebrating Canada’s birthday with tunes from 54-40, Destino Tenors and Dal Richards, as well as an extreme air show put on by Canadian Forces. Enjoy all the action while snacking on free samples of traditional maple taffy, and letting the kids run wild at the interactive zone open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the fireworks.
More in to high fashion? Then, we suggest you partake in the celebrations on Robson Street. The main stage is going to feature performances by the funk band Soulstream and the Brazilian ensemble Ache Brasil; the whole day will be filled with entertainment and a chance to win prizes and free giveaways.
Alternatively, you can go to Granville Island where the festivities are going to commence with the Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast from 7 to11 a.m. which will be followed by the yearly Canada Day Carnival and a free Jazz concert.
At sundown, experience the fireworks close-up from Coal Harbour or Canada Place.
If you’re a visitor to Vancouver during Canada Day, we recommend that you stay at The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver— ‘the’ place to be for the full Canada Day experience. The Shangri-la Hotel is only a hop, skip and a jump to Canada Place, which makes it an ideal location out-of-towners who are keen to stay close to the festivities.
Other great Vancouver hotels include:
Canada Day in Victoria:
As the capital of BC, you bet that Victoria’s city center will be bouncing with fun and excitement to celebrate Canada and its diversity.
Music by the Japanese drumming ensemble, Uminari Taiko, Al Milner, Pacifika, and Elliot Brood will resonate from Victoria’s harbor throughout the day. Activities for adults and kids will provide ample opportunity for you to join in the celebrations.
The Canada Day Fireworks will end the night with a bang at 10.30 p.m. sharp.
Here are some of Victoria’s finest hotels, should you be visiting the area during the festivities:
Canada Day in Whistler:
Planning to head up the Sea-to-Sky Highway on or around July 1st this year? Why not stop of in Whistler to commemorate Canada’s Birthday and join the 2010 Olympic Mascots Miga, Sumi Quatchi for a day filled with fun for everyone.
Go to Whistler Village and join the “Whistler Spirit—Let’s Hear It!” parade where locals and foreigners will celebrate Whistler’s heritage and culture. Street performers will provide entertainment; a ceremony featuring athletes, guests and the Olympic torch, will mark the opening of the Olympic Store in the core of this unique resort town.
If you are going to stop in Whistler, here are some of the finest places to relax and enjoy the scenery from:
Canada Day in Edmonton:
There’s no shortage of Canada Day celebrations in Edmonton this year. From a free pool party and BBQ at Borden Park (1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 112 Avenue and 73 Street), to the Silly Summer Parade (starting at noon and running until 2 p.m. at 7730-106 Street), you can see two grand fireworks displays at night!
Fireworks start at both Mill Woods Park (66 Street and 23 Avenue) and Kinsmen Park at 11 p.m. The Kinsmen Park Fireworks (known as the Canada Day Fireworks Finale), take place over the River Valley, and spectators can’t view the fireworks from the park.
Good places to view the fireworks include: Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Ezio Farone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street North), Dantzer’s Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park), and Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road).
Canada Day in Banff:
Right in the middle of Canada’s gorgeous Rocky Mountains, you won’t want to miss the Canada Day festivities in Banff.
Festivities kick off at Canada Place with the annual Parks Canada Pancake Breakfast (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).
After breakfast, head to Banff’s Central Park where you can enjoy the majestic scenery and entertainment (on the Louis Trono Gazebo and Stampede stages). The 2009 Parade runs along Banff Avenue (starting at 5 p.m.) and afterwards, Canada Day enthusiasts can head back to Central Park to listen to some live music and view the spectacular fireworks show, starting at 11 p.m.
Canada Day in Toronto:
Toronto is Canada’s hub and one of the most interesting and exciting cities in the country to visit (both for work and for pleasure). If you’re in to big, outdoor festivals, this is the place to be on Canada Day!
This Canada Day, Toronto is celebrating at Mel Lastman Square (which is at North York Boulevard and Yonge Streets, right next to the North York Subway Station).
Come out to see great musicians strut their stuff at around 8 p.m. (The Abrams Brothers and Juno-nominated NQ Arbuckle), and see the fantastic fireworks display at 10:15 p.m.!
Canada Day in Quebec City:
Known as the jewel of French Canada, Quebec City is simply like no other place in North America!
This year, Canada Day is taking place during Quebec City’s tenth annual Festival Grand Rier de Quebec comedy festival. With almost 500,000 visitors coming out to the festival during its 26 day run, you will be guaranteed to be laughing till you cry.
If comedy doesn’t suite your fancy make sure to check out the free Canada Day show at Place Georges V starting at 7 p.m., featuring musical artists such as Long distances, Guns Roses, Jonathan Roy and Finger Eleven. This show will end with a bang displaying the traditional celebratory fireworks show.
If you are in the city for a visit make sure to book your stay at one of these amazing hotels in Quebec City, which will be the perfect end to the perfect day.
Canada Day in Montreal:
This Canada Day Montreal is celebrating Celafete 2009. With over 200 free activities for people of all ages and interests at the quays of the Old Port there’s no excuse not to get involved! If you are celebrating with kids they will be sure to enjoy multiple inflatable bounce rides and get inspired by circus performers from Circus Magic and the Floating Theater. Food lovers will be able to feast on a day long food fair featuring local culinary talents.
If you are a big kid at heart make sure to attend Dansons Sur les Quais an open air disco starting at 9 p.m. Just like any disco you won’t be short on laser beams, 3-D projections, low level fireworks and live performances on two stages. This is celebrating in true Montreal style. And after your dancing feet have had a good work out don’t forget to check out the final fireworks show down at le Viex Port at 11 p.m.!
For a great end to a great day, make sure to book your stay at one Montreal’s best hotels for a great night sleep: