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Canada Day in the capital

By Hannah Manning on June 28, 2017




Alright Ottawa, time to get ready for Canada Day! This year is going to be bigger and better than ever before as we celebrate 150 years since confederation. With so much going on, we decided to share some of our picks for your best bets this long weekend! So don your red and white and go celebrate!

Parliament Hill

It wouldn’t be Canada Day in the capital if we didn’t mention the great events taking place on Parliament Hill, at Major’s Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History.

For concerts, check out the main stage at Parliament where U2, Gordon Lightfoot, Alessia Cara, Serena Ryder, Walk off the Earth and more will perform. Or head to the stage at Major’s Hill Park, featuring Ruth B and Mother Mother, to name a few. If you’re on the Gatineau side of the river, head to the Canadian Museum of History to enjoy The Lost Fingers, Souljazz Orchestra and more.

Fireworks will light the sky at 11pm for exactly 20 minutes and 17 seconds. They’ll be launching fireworks from 5 different locations so find a spot (try Major’s Hill Park or the Museum of History) and enjoy the view. Don’t forget that the Alexandra Bridge will be closed to cars as of 6pm and pedestrians as of 9pm.

But wait… the festivities don’t end on July 1. WE Day Canada takes the stage on July 2 to bring together all Canadians committed to making the next 150 years count.

Beer, Beats and BBQ

The Ottawa Jazz Festival continues throughout the weekend, with Feist performing July 2. Lots more great acts to see so don’t miss out.

DCJUc6EUwAAw_WB.jpg-largeThe folks at Dominion City Brewing Company are hosting their annual Dominion Day Party. This year, the celebration takes place at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on July 1. The event will feature local Dominion City favourites, plus special guest taps from breweries across Ontario. Kathleen Edwards and Amos the Transparent will be performing.

Heading to Lansdowne? CRAFT Beer Market is celebrating all weekend- the Canada Day After Brunch sounds delicious! Or stop by Local for their Canada Day Party Eh? from 12-4pm on July 1.

The Brewery Market returns to Hintonburg Park for a celebration of craft brewing in the capital! Entrance is free but space is limited so get there early!

Looking for something outside the downtown core? In honour of Canada 150, Petrie Island will once again host a Canada Day celebration, the Canada D’Eh Fest! Activities run June 30 to July 2.

The Museum of Nature is throwing a special Throwback 150 edition of their popular Nature Nocturne. Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the biggest, time-trippiest, throwback party in Ottawa!

The Kanata Festival of Beer 2017 is a free two day party in Kanata, with Finger Eleven performing Saturday night.

Did you manage to snag tickets to the Picnic on the Bridge? Watch as the Alexandra Bridge transforms into a huge picnic spot (complete with grass) on July 2.


18740149_10150898619929980_7487590475373963564_nOver 100 different Canadian makers will be at the Shaw Centre on July 2 for the Canada 150 Maker Market.

Head to Perth on July 1 and 2 to enjoy the Perth Antiques Show, featuring vendors from across Ontario and Quebec.

The Canada Day Etsy Market in Almonte will be Cheerfully Made’s first ever outdoor market, with over 60 vendors stationed along historic Mill Street in the heart of Almonte.


The #myCanada150 Project will feature photos and stories of people from around the world who have made Canada their home. Enjoy this photo exhibit as of June 27 along Sparks Street. For more details, check out this article.

The new Canadian History Hall, the Canadian Museum of History’s new signature gallery, will officially open on Canada Day. Covering 15,000 years of history and occupying more than 40,000 square feet, this new exhibition traces Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day.

Have you visited the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada? Why not take a break from the festivities and wander through – admission is free all day!

18835553_1313045828809138_2018213810413239041_nFor over 100 days, Jacques-Cartier Park will host the biggest horticulture event in Canada: MosaicCanada 150. Opening on June 30, this event features stunning horticulture arrangements and statues along the Ottawa river.

After extensive renovations, the Bank of Canada is opening their museum to the public on July 1.

The Ottawa Rowing Club is celebrating their 150th birthday this weekend too! To celebrate, they’re hosting an open house complete with your chance to try a new water sport (rowing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding) and birthday cake!

Library and Archives Canada will be open on Canada Day and invite you to visit their free exhibition: “Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?”.

With so much going on, it’s going to be a fun, exciting weekend! If you’re in need of a nap, why not try the Casper Napmobile ( Book your nap online ahead of time and enjoy a snooze!

For more of what’s happening this weekend (or any other day!), don’t forget to check our events calendar. Be sure to tag your photos with #apt613wknd so we can see what you get up to and share some gems on Instagram.