Best Places to Visit on Canada Day

Planning to Visit Canada this Season? Here is a Compilation of the Best Places to Visit on Canada Day

Best Places to Visit on Canada Day
Toronto skyline under a clear sky.

Every year on July 1st, Canadians beam with pride and patriotism as they celebrate the birth of their nation. Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day, is a time for fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, and good-old fashioned summer fun. Here are the best places to visit in Canada Day to belt out O Canada and wave maple leaf flags in honor of the Great White North.


Enjoy hours of cultural entertainment, food and fun

Best Places to Visit on Canada Day
Parliament Hill – Ottawa, Ontario.

While it’s true that many Canucks celebrate the birth of their nation at home and abroad in style, nowhere takes these patriotic festivities as seriously as Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. Mingle through a sea of people dressed in their very best red and white while enjoying hours of cultural entertainment, food, and fun. In the morning hours, gather at Parliament Hill to watch the customary flag raising and the Changing of the Guard ceremonies. In the afternoon, play games, bounce on inflatable slides, and listen to the sweet sounds of dozens of musical performances. Additionally, national museums and institutions offer free activities for merrymakers of all ages. In the evening, choose any vantage point in downtown Ottawa to experience a massive firework display.


30-minute firework display at La Ronde

Best Places to Visit on Canada Day
Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica

Celebrate Canada Day from the Old Port Promenade and Bonsecours Basin Park in Montreal: a historical district situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Besides being a scenic destination with views of the river and large green spaces, Canada Day brings the added bonus of dozens of entertainment options that are fun for the whole family. Festivities begin with the Canadian Armed Forces Military Band raising the flag during a rendition of O Canada, followed by a 21-cannon salute. With Canada Day cake in hand, take your pick of activities ranging from Cosom hockey, face painting, bracelet or badge making workshops, dancing, or listening to live musical performances. Cap off an action-packed day with a 30-minute firework display at La Ronde.


Vancouver is just a day drive from the Canadian Rockies

Best Places to Visit on Canada Day
Vancouver, Canada

Join in the festivities in one of Canada’s most exciting cities, where there will be multiple celebrations for you to choose from, beginning with a parade at 8am on Granville Island, which is said to be the best venue to go to if you have very young family members. In addition to the parade, experience a lobster cookout, live musical performances, and a South Asian cultural fair. Vancouver’s biggest Canada Day celebration is held on the waterfront at Canada Place, where there are three entertainment stages, a circus, a parade, and overall, a great party to be had. In the evening, don’t miss the beautiful fireworks display on the northwest side of downtown. In addition to these Canada Day celebrations, Vancouver is just a days drive from the Canadian Rockies, an area full of beautiful mountains and all kinds of outdoors activities. You could take a Rocky Mountains Tour from Vancouver for a very low price. What better way to celebrate Canada Day than appreciating the beauty of its nature?

St. John

Walk through the St. John City Market

Party like a king in uptown Saint John by starting Canada Day with the annual People Parade on King Street and King’s Square, followed by official opening ceremonies, remarks, national anthem singing, and a slice of Happy Birthday Canada cake! Children can enjoy a wide range of activities including face painting, cookie decorating, flag making, crafts, and more. The entire family will enjoy walking through the St. John City Market, which is home to over 50 vendors. Throughout the course of this festive day are countless opportunities to experience live entertainment like dancing, singing, magic shows, and customary firework display at dusk. Not ready to go home yet? No problem! The Party Boots Post-Fireworks Party offers late-night entertainment as well.


Day-long riverfront celebration

The largest Canada Day festivities in New Brunswick take place in downtown Moncton. Whoa, Canada! is a day-long riverfront celebration that kicks off with the annual O Can you Cycle Bike Ride where revelers show their patriotism with red and white decorated bicycles. The remainder of the day can be spent snacking on countless specialty foods sold by vendors listening to live musical performances across multiple stages. And, of course, what would Canada Day be without evening fireworks from Riverfront Park?

Canada Day Long Weekend Trips

Of course, those are just a few major destinations. There will be Canada Day celebrations wherever you go, so now is the perfect time to plan your great Canadian adventure!