Head for the Hill
Canada Day in our nation’s capital: the party doesn’t get much bigger than that. But with small children in tow, bigger isn’t always better. Here’s how to circumvent the Canada Day zoo while still doin’ it up right.
The first thing you need to know about is Andrew Haydon Park. Canada Day in Ottawa is often a sunny scorcher, and the beauty of Andrew Haydon is that it’s also a water park—perfect for keeping the little ones cool while they play. There are barbeques and picnic tables, so bring a spread and settle in.
On July 1, the park will host the Canada Day Festival which claims to have “something for everyone”—midway rides and games, a mini-circus, a petting zoo, a car show, face painting, a live DJ, cultural events and, to top it all off, fireworks. Admission is free. If you live downtown and aren’t inclined to drive too far, the festival has a second location at Queen Juliana Park.
Most Ottawa museums will be open for Canada Day, many with special programming and free admission. East-enders can enjoy a picnic on the 25 hectares of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, which will be organizing outdoor games and live music from Canada’s past.