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5 Ways Your Can Enjoy The 2019 Canada Day Weekend

Tracy Arnett

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Jun 27 4 minutes read

It’s Canada’s birthday, let’s celebrate!

Whether you love the crowds or prefer something more low-key, Ottawa is the place to be on Canada Day and there is no shortage of things to do. Here’s a sampling:

I) How about breakfast?

Several communities offer a Canada Day breakfast for seniors. Unfortunately, the mayor’s breakfast at the Aberdeen Pavilion is sold out, but check your local community association to see if there’s one near you.

II) Go for a picnic

The Billings Estate holds a special Canada Day picnic and lawn games event. Enjoy old-fashioned fun and games on the lawn and leave the prep work to the estate staff when you reserve a picnic lunch for your group (you can also pack your own). Admission is $6.75 each if you bring your own; $12.50 if you’re reserving lunch. More details here.

Of course, there are plenty of other spots around town to have a picnic. Canada Day (weather permitting) is a great time for one.

III) Museum fun

Take advantage of the fact that most of Ottawa’s museums have free admission on Canada Day. At the Agriculture and Food Museum, for instance, enjoy several activities from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., including games, a craft, ice cream making and tasting, as well as a chance to sample a Canadian classic: butter tarts.

IV) Paddle power

Cheer on competitors in the annual Rideau Canoe Club Canada Day International Regatta at Mooney’s Bay. There’s no charge and it makes for great entertainment while you relax in the sun. Note that this event happens on Saturday and Sunday, not on Monday, July 1.

V) Head to the NAC

Rain or shine, there will be lots of family fun at the NAC, including outdoor yoga, a Ukrainian dance workshop, a Powwow workout, citizenship ceremony and more. Much of it is free.

VI) Get jazzy

The popular Jazz Festival finishes up July 1 with several free Canada Day performances. Check out:

  • The Artichoke Hearts

  • The TD Jazz Youth Summit and Stingray Rising Stars

  • Helena Deland

  • Dirty Catfish Brass Band

You can get details here.

VII) Fireworks fun

Fireworks are a must-do on Canada Day. There are several spots for watching fireworks, from downtown out to the suburbs. Check this list to find a spot close to you.

VIII) Official spots

Finally, if you do have your heart set on Parliament Hill or one of the other two official Canada Day venues — Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History — get there early, pack light, and be patient when it comes to traffic, Ottawa police advise. Another piece of advice? Go ahead and plan your day, but be prepared to change plans at a moment’s notice if huge crowds prompt the closing of a venue. More info for Parliament Hill.

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