Canada Day Activities 2017
IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE!!
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.
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.