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Long Weekend Roundup: Canada Day 2018

By Hannah Manning on June 28, 2018


It’s going to be a scorcher and there’s plenty going on to celebrate Canada Day all weekend long. No matter where you end up or what you do, have a great long weekend and drink lots of water!

All Weekend

Cirque du Soleil presents CORTEO, a show that brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. The show is only on until Canada Day, so act fast if you’re planning a trip to the circus!

The RCMP Canadian Sunset Ceremonies are happening nightly from Wednesday through Saturday. The free event raises thousands of dollars through public donations for the RCMP Foundation in support of youth initiatives in communities across Canada. Each evening, audiences are entertained with performances by the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride, RCMP/Ottawa Police Service Pipes, Drums and Dancers, and the Governor General’s Foot Guard Band.

Jazzfest ends on Sunday so if you haven’t been yet, now’s your chance! Check out our top picks here.

Mosaïcultures has returned to Jacques Cartier park. After an enchanting summer in the park during Canada 150, these giant floral sculptures are back again. The site is open every day from 10am til dusk and you can buy your tickets online.


One of the ByWard Market’s new spots is hosting their grand opening party Thursday. The Clarendon Tavern has opened where the Black Tomato used to be at the corner of George and Sussex and they’re celebrating with snacks and drinks from 5-9pm.

Regional finals for Art Battle go down Thursday night at Arts Court. Watch as winners of the past season compete for their spot at nationals.


Nature Nocture takes over the Museum of Nature with #Canada151. Celebrate with the moose, the beaver and all things Canuck. Indulge in some iconic Canadian food and drink (like Beau’s Lugtread!). Doors open at 8pm, and tickets are $25.


This Saturday, hear five women talk about what’s it’s like to be women of intersectional identities at our particular moment of history. Dis(s)ent, a panel discussion with women writers, takes place at Vimy Brewing Company from 7-9pm.

anyWare is an Internet of Things distributed sculpture comprised of three identical objects that are individually connected to the Internet and physically mirror each other. Check it out at the vernissage hosted by Artengine at the Ottawa Art Gallery / Arts Court 1st Level Hallway (10 Daly Avenue).

Heart and Crown is hosting a parking lot party in the ByWard Market to get you ready for Canada Day.


There are plenty of ways to celebrate Canada Day in the capital. Activities start on the Hill at 8am with the Algonquin Blessing of the Grounds and continue all day, culminating with fireworks at 10pm. Featuring performances from Ottawa’s won Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine, as well as Arkells, Ruth B, Lights, and many more, arrive early to secure your spot. The impending heat wave may change plans, so keep an eye on Twitter for updates.

If you’re going to check out Parliament, be ready to go through security. Changes have been made to help the process go more smoothly and quickly this year and the Parliamentary Protection Service will be live tweeting wait times.

Major’s Hill Park will also have events and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Looking to avoid the heat? Lots of activities happening at museums around town (and under it, as is the case of the Diefenbunker), and most have free admission. The National Arts Centre will be hosting free family friendly events all day, and will be a great spot to grab an iced coffee.

Want to get out of town but can’t make it to a cottage? Head to the Experimental Farm for Dominion City Brewing Co’s annual Dominion Day Party.

Want to get up away from the crowds? Andaz’s Copper Spirits and Sights is hosting an all day and night party. Cover is $20, but I bet you’ll get a pretty great view of the fireworks from their rooftop patio!

No matter what you do or where you go, travel safely. Both OC Transpo and STO are offering free bus service so plan ahead and give yourself time to deal with road closures and crowds.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!