We know the stereotypes: we’re polite, we embrace the cold, we’re fueled by Tim Hortons, we treat hockey like a religion, and we’re fairly modest. Who are we? Canadians.
Every July, we have the opportunity to challenge some of these stereotypes; to bask in the warm glow of the sun, to throw modesty out the window, and to boast about our country (don’t worry, we’re still polite).
On July 1st, we come together to celebrate our birthday as a nation, and 2017 is no exception as we come together to celebrate our 150th year. As a country, we’ve deemed this anniversary such a special one that we’ve extended our celebrations from the usual long weekend in July, to instead host events throughout the entire year.
For the more traditional, we of course will still be doing it up right on the long weekend, with plenty of food, fun, friends, family, and fireworks. Check out some of these events across Ontario’s Highlands for ways to celebrate on the Canada Day long weekend.
Red & White Feast
June 29 (6 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
Watch sunlight sparkle off the Tay River as you indulge in a delectable three-course feast from The Stone Cellar. With a portion of the proceeds being donated to help our Canadian Veterans, this is a meal you can feel good about.
Carleton Place Canada Day
June 30 (8 p.m. – midnight)
Start the party early during the Canada Day Kick-off Party at the Carleton Place Arena on June 30th, featuring entertainment from DoubleBack. Then, spend Canada Day at Riverside Park starting at noon, where you can indulge in birthday cake, enjoy a bicycle parade, cool off in the splash pad, and meet friendly animals at the petting zoo.
Explore Our Backyard
June 30 – July 2
Go all-out to show your Canadian pride during a full weekend celebration, kicking off with a Party by the Basin dance at the Crystal Palace Basin from 7 p.m. until 11pm on June 30th, which includes access to special deals around Perth. Spend Canada Day laughing with family, indulging in treats, and being amazed by the fireworks above at Conlon Farm from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and end the weekend on Sunday with an Ecumenical Service in Stewart Park at 6 p.m. on July 2nd.
Pakenham Canada 150
June 30 – July 2
Spend the weekend celebrating Canada in Pakenham, with a parade kicking things off on June 30th at 6 p.m., a pancake breakfast on July 1st, and an Antique Car & Tractor Show, as well as Adult Tug-of-War and Canoe & Kayak races on July 2nd.
Minden Hills Canada Day
July 1 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Show your national pride by coming out to Minden Hills’ annual Canada Day Celebration. Be amazed by an interactive science show or by a disc-catching dog show, and feel your cares float away as you defy gravity during a spin in a human gyroscope.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
July 1 (6 p.m.)
Indulge in local food and sway along to musical performances by Cassidy Glecoff, the Fire Weavers, and Carl Dixon, singing the Guess Who, during this celebration at the Minden Fairgrounds. This music and food festival starts at 6 p.m., with entry by donation, and the chance to authentically ring in Canada Day with fireworks beginning at dusk.
Horton Canada Day Celebration
July 1 (8 a.m.)
Don your red and white and head out to celebrate with a full day of activities, starting with breakfast. Show your skills during a Washer Tournament; test your sleuthing knowledge during a Key Find; and embrace the beat during a Dance Workshop.
Canada Day Celebration at Centre Hastings Park
July 1 (2 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Celebrate with friends and family and watch your kids test their rock climbing skills, or go crazy in the bouncy castle, all while enjoying live entertainment by three amazing rock bands during a day at Centre Hastings Park, with fireworks at dusk.
For those looking to celebrate this monumental birthday all summer long, pack your smile and head to Ontario’s Highlands for any of the following experiences.
Farm to Table Community Dinner
July 22 (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the region during a farm-to-table feast along Metcalf Street in Tweed.
Deep River Summerfest 150
Dance along to great Valley musicians, travel back in time during the Car Show, laugh under the beer tent, and celebrate the community and Canadian spirit during this three day festival.
Celebrations! Canada 150
August 16 (8 pm.)
Sway along to songs and music by and about Canadians during Highlands Opera Studio performance of Celebrations! Canada 150 at St. George’s Anglican Church in Haliburton.
DACA Homecoming & Old Time Country Fair
August 19 – 20
Embrace a simpler way of life during the Homecoming & Old Time Country Fair in Dacre. Enjoy musical entertainment, test your throw at the dunk tank, put on your best face for the photo booth, and show off your skills during carnival games.
Rideau Trail Canada 150 Challenge
Get outside and explore the Rideau Trail any time this year and challenge yourself to earn a special limited edition badge for hiking 150km of the trail.
Individually, none of us can expect to live to 150, but together, we’ve stood strong and proud since 1867. For more events celebrating this monumental birthday across Canada, please please click here.
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