Do you want content like this delivered to your inbox?

Canada Day Activities 2017

Michael Christie

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Feb 22 4 minutes read


The build-up has been huge and now it’s almost here: Canada’s big birthday celebration. If you never seek out festivities on our national holiday, this is the year to do it and there are plenty of options available to suit all tastes and budgets. Here’s just a sampling:

Canada Day in the Park

There’s fun for the whole family at Riverside Park in Guelph from 11 a.m. until the fireworks at about 10 p.m. You’ll find all kinds of musical entertainment on the main stage throughout the day, a citizenship ceremony at 4:30, children’s entertainers and activities, Zumba and bingo just to start. Test your knowledge of Canadian trivia for prizes, try the rides and midway, head to the petting zoo and so much more. Dozens of food vendors will keep you fed, you can bring your own refillable water bottle, and you’re encouraged to make a small donation to help local charities and events.

At the Museum

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with military flair. At McCrae House you’ll find displays, demonstrations, handicrafts, refreshments, and music, plus poetry readings by Bill Bissett, Honey Novick and Toronto’s poet laureate George Elliott Clarke. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is by donation.

And if you’re looking for something to do on July 2, Guelph Museums’ Stepping into 150 event begins at 10 a.m. (it runs to Sept. 3). Tour the city following clues, solving puzzles, and discovering hidden gems as you explore 150 years of Canadian history in Guelph.

A Little Bit Country

If you’re a country music fan, head to downtown Kitchener for a free country music concert headlined by the James Barker Band. Find food vendors, a licensed area, and expanded fireworks show off the roof of City Hall to celebrate the 150th.


For something more low-key and geared to the family, check out Schneider Haus in Kitchener, where there will be activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including cake at 2 p.m. and fun making fabric greeting cards.

Back in Time

Looking to the past to celebrate the future, the Waterloo Region Museum will offer turn-of- the-century recipes, plus family entertainment, lawn games and a barbecue lunch (or you can bring your own picnic). It’s free and the party runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rock On!

Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane and Red Rider will rock the University of Waterloo, while Juno award-winning children’s performers Bobs & Lolo entertain the kids. There will also be fireworks, food, a beer garden and plenty of family activities.

Take a Tour

Want to get a bit of exercise on Canada Day? Enjoy a bike ride to Elora and return through the West Montrose covered bridge. Organized by Great Canadian Bicycle Tours, there’s both a long and short loop to take. It starts at 10 a.m. at Bechtel Park in Waterloo.

We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience and deliver our services. By continuing to visit this site, you agree to our use of cookies. More info

Terms of Use

This website is operated by Royal LePage Royal City Realty/Michael Christie, REALTOR®, a Salesperson who is a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The content on this website is owned or controlled by CREA. By accessing this website, the user agrees to be bound by these terms of use as amended from time to time, and agrees that these terms of use constitute a binding contract between the user, Royal LePage Royal City Realty/Michael Christie, REALTOR®, and CREA.


The content on this website is protected by copyright and other laws, and is intended solely for the private, non-commercial use by individuals. Any other reproduction, distribution or use of the content, in whole or in part, is specifically prohibited. Prohibited uses include commercial use, “screen scraping”, “database scraping”, and any other activity intended to collect, store, reorganize or manipulate the content of this website.


REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are certification marks that are owned by REALTOR® Canada Inc. and licensed exclusively to The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). These certification marks identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA and who must abide by CREA’s By-Laws, Rules, and the REALTOR® Code. The MLS® trademark and the MLS® logo are owned by CREA and identify the professional real estate services provided by members of CREA.

Liability and Warranty Disclaimer

The information contained on this website is based in whole or in part on information that is provided by members of CREA, who are responsible for its accuracy. CREA reproduces and distributes this information as a service for its members, and assumes no responsibility for its completeness or accuracy.


Royal LePage Royal City Realty/Michael Christie, REALTOR® may at any time amend these Terms of Use by updating this posting. All users of this site are bound by these amendments should they wish to continue accessing the website, and should therefore periodically visit this page to review any and all such amendments.