On July 1st, put on your red clothing, hang your Canada flag, and get ready to wish our country a Happy Birthday as a family! Canadians are gearing up for Canada Day festivities to celebrate poutine and maple syrup but we all know there’s more to celebrate than that. With our diversity, heritage, and gorgeous landscapes to visit, we have plenty to be proud of. There are many opportunities to get into the patriotic spirit across Ottawa all July 1st weekend long. We’ve rounded up some activities you and the kids will love.
This is perhaps the most iconic of all Canada Day events. The free events are taking place on June 30 and July 1 at three official locations; The Canadian Museum of History, Major’s Hill Park and Parliament Hill. The events will highlight Canadian heritage and culture. Live musical performances and family-friendly activities at the various locations will begin in the mornings all weekend. The kids will love the miniature Via Rail train to ride on and the Ottawa Senators interactive activities at Major’s Hill Park on June 30th. The entire family may want to try the Jumpai trampoline and trapeze attraction at the Canadian Museum of History on July 1 and sore 30 feet into the air! Of course, the evening concludes with a stunning fireworks show at 10 pm, which may be a bit late for the youngest of Canadian celebrators, but if your kids are able to stay up, it’s a unique opportunity for them!
Visit a Museum (for free!)
There are Museums offering free admission on Canada Day and special activities and crafts for kids of all ages will be planned. Visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to participate in their inflatable fun zone, and participate in an obstacle course. Or check out the newly renovated Canadian Science and Technology Museum to explore scientific exhibits that affect Canadian lives. And, of course, a favourite spot to go is the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. There are special demonstrations and interactive activities happening all day with the animals on the farm. We have no doubt everyone will love the ice cream making and tasting demonstration.
Spend Canada Day on the beach at the Orleans celebrations. At Petrie Island, beginning at 11 am and ending well into the evening for the 10 pm fireworks, your family can enjoy the live music, a magic show, and a kid zone where your kids can spend a lot of time. You’ll be able to spend the day on the beach by packing a picnic or eating at one of the food trucks or the beachside BBQ. You don’t have to worry about parking on the Island because there will be a free shuttle available at the top of the causeway (near North Service Road) to take you to the beach. Full details can be found on their website.
In the West end of Ottawa, Kanata has an entire area for families to explore at their Canada Day event that is happening all weekend long. From June 29th until July 1st, there is a full line up events taking place. There’s a midway (a bracelet is available to enjoy all rides) plus join in on July 1st for live music, bouncy castles, and salsa dancing. There is street parking available around the event, a bike rack for locking up your bike, and water refill stations for your water bottles to help you stay hydrated while having fun.