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Looking for a fun way to celebrate Canada’s birthday? Pop by one of these east-to-west coast parties!

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Celebrate Canada Day on the west coast at Victoria’s Legislative Grounds and Inner Harbour by taking part in the city’s annual day-long event, including family-oriented activities, an evening concert and ‘Eh-Rated’ fireworks. For more information, visit: Victoria Canada Day

Granville IslandVancouver

Granville Island’s huge Canada Day celebration includes a parade, a pancake breakfast, an official Canada Day ceremony, live music, a South Asian cultural extravaganza of song and Bollywood fashions, food and more. For more information, visit: Grandville Island


The place to celebrate Canada Day in Calgary is Princes Island Park. Each year, the island comes alive with music, live entertainment, food and festivities to celebrate all that is great about Canada. Several stages will also host live musical acts. A display of fireworks at Olympic Plaza wraps up the day. For more information, visit: Canada Day in Calgary


Enjoy some small-town Canadian fun in a big city atmosphere at Edmonton’s annual Canada Day celebrations. The day includes barbecues and family events. Fireworks near the river valley wrap up the day. For more information, visit: Celebrating Canada Day in Edmonton

The ForksWinnipeg

A full day of Canadian-style celebrations kicks off at 10 a.m. in Winnipeg’s largest park, The Forks. Right on the waterfront, the day includes a lineup of musicians and other performance acts. The mayor will make a speech around 6 p.m. and the day wraps up with a massive fireworks display over the water. For more information, visit: Celebrating Canada Day in Winipeg


Ontario’s capital hosts a couple celebrations worthy of Canada’s birthday. The first happens at Ontario Place where you can catch live music as well as performances by Native Canadian dance troupes. Cap off your day with fireworks synched to music at the Festival of Fire.

If you’re a little further north of the city, pop by the celebration at Mel Lastman Square. This year’s festivities are being held in conjunction with KidSport as a way to promote healthy living for kids (guests will even have the chance to meet some Canadian Olympians). For more information, visit: Toronto’s 2010 Special Event


Every year, Ottawa turns into the place to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Thousands of people pack Parliament Hill to take part in outdoor concerts and picnics and to watch street performers in the nearby Byward Market. The day wraps up with a traditional fireworks display around 10 p.m. Other locations in Ottawa offering up Canada Day fun include Major’s Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park and Confederation Park. For more information, visit: Celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa


Get into the spirit of Canada Day, Québec styles, at Montreal’s annual Canada Day parade and fireworks display. The parade usually begins downtown around 11 a.m. and is followed by songs and performances by local artists. The day caps off with a fireworks display down by the Old Port. For more information, visit: Celebrating Canada Day in Montreal

Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island

This Canada Day, pop by the Island’s Free Concert Canada, proudly presented by WestJet. The celebration is a tribute to the finest East Coast musical talent and will see some of the Island’s hottest stars perform. The day ends with the second largest musical fireworks extravaganza in Canada. Choreographed to a high-energy soundtrack, the Canada Day fireworks will light up the Charlottetown sky from the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront. For more information, visit: Celebrating Canada Day in Prince Edward Island


Celebrate Canada’s birthday with Juno Award Winner Joel Plaskett at Halifax Harbour. You can also enjoy a pancake breakfast and attend a variety of other free concerts at venues across the city. The day wraps up at 10 p.m. with a fireworks extravaganza (though music will continue until midnight). For more information, visit: Celebrating Canada Day in Halifax


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