There’s no place in Canada more fun than Ottawa on Canada Day. Not to brag or anything, but … #totalbrag …. OTown owns the July 1 party. All sorts of amazing national events are on tap downtown, at Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History. What’s more, most of the national museums and national attractions are offering free admission along with special activities for all ages.
It’s a great chance to visit the National Gallery of Canada, Rideau Hall, Bytown Museum, the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint and other cool spots in the city.
In Stittsville, Kanata and Barrhaven, there are community celebrations too.
Stittsville’s free, family-friendly Canada Day celebration is happening on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School. Highlights include live music, inflatable rides/games, face painting, birthday cake, a magic show, a photo booth, mad science, a petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, a strolling magician and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
The Mattamy Homes Canada Day in Barrhaven starts at 11 a.m. at Clarke Fields behind the Royal Oak. Highlights include a midway, the Selina’s Studios Kids Zone, a multicultural stage, live music, food vendors and fireworks.
The Glenview Homes Canada Day celebration in Kanata is at Walter Baker Park off Terry Fox Drive. The schedule includes loads of live entertainment, activities for kids and families, demonstrations and fireworks at 10 p.m.
While there will be fireworks displays in lots of different places, the really big show in the sky happens downtown. Starting at 10 p.m. and launched from the Astrolabe at Nepean Point, the 2016 pyromusical fireworks show will include more than 2000 aerial shells. Expect lots of colour and oohing and aahing.
The best places to watch include from the Canadian Museum of History, Major’s Hill Park and along the Ottawa River.