Canada Day in the Capital: Everything You Need to Know
Images courtesy of Ottawa Tourism.
OLM has got you covered for all the events and happenings of Canada Day in our Capital. Is there any better place to be?
We know Parliament Hill turns into a sea of red and white—so let’s find out what all the fuss is about! Join the thousands of Canadians ready to celebrate our nation's birthday! Don’t miss a moment this Canada Day.
Let the activities commence with a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by the Changing of the Guard ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The music will get started 10 a.m. with a concert by the 53-bell carillon of the Peace Tower.
The Canada Day noon show will have you dancing all day, with performers including Brett Kissel, Marianas Trench, Nadja and Serena Ryder! Don’t forget to look up as Canada’s Snowbirds and CF-18s put on a show of their own.
Really get into the swing of things from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with swing dancing workshops (available in French and English) from Ottawa’s Swing Dynamite Dance School.
Also during the afternoon, the Canadian Armed Forces will be presenting a selection of photos from the last 100 days of the mission in Afghanistan. Join them in remembering milestones.
Grab a bite to eat in Ottawa’s ByWard Market before coming back for the Canada Day evening show at 7:30 p.m. The concert series will go right into the grand finale fireworks display at 10 a.m. Our advice? Head over to Major’s Hill Park for the best view!
Major’s Hill Park
Not into the big crowds on the Hill? Stop by Major’s Hill Park for all-day activities. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can discover the true Capital with busker performances, photo-ops with guards, interactive guards, photo exhibits, cooking demos and even learn how to milk a cow!
Hop on a free shuttle to roam between Major’s Hill and Jacques-Cartier Park for a day of non-stop fun. Build your own sand sculpture, play cooperative games, get your face painted and listen to some live music with the whole family.
If downtown isn’t your scene, don’t worry! Most of the national museums and institutions are offering free activities and events. Check out the Royal Canadian Mint, National Gallery of Canada, Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canadian Aviation and Space Museum and much more. Don’t forget the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival will also be running—catch a show if you can!
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