Canada Day Activities in the Ottawa Area


Here is a list of great activities happening in and around Ottawa on Canada Day 2018!

Canada Day Activities in the Ottawa Area

There will be something for everyone to enjoy on Parliament Hill for Canada Day! The celebrations start at 8am with an Algonquin blessing of the grounds, then at 9:30 am a musical workshops inspired by Brazilian rhythms with Samajam followed by  a Carillons Concert featuring the 53 bells of the Peace Tower at 10am.  The afternoon is also filled with many activities and performances for the whole family. The evening show starts at 8:30 pm with an amazing lineup featuring Lights, Brigitte Boisjoli, Ruth B, Jean-Marc Couture, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and many others. Finally to end the evening, the musical fireworks launched behind Parliament Hill will start at 10 pm.

On Major’s Hill Park the festivities will feature a variety of up-and-coming musical and cultural talents, unique circus performances, innovative public engagements activities, a community culinary experience, and creative and playful games. There will also be the Tim Hortons family stage, buskers, Canada Day face painting and  a VIA Rail Miniature Train.

O Canada Orleans at Petrie Island in Orleans.

Canada Day in Kanata will be held at Walter Baker Park on July 1st starting at 8am. Activities will include midway rides, a family fun zone with crafts and face painting, Bouncy Castles, Salsa Tots Class and springfree trampoline test.  The festivities will end with fireworks at the end of the day.

Mattamy Homes Canada Day in Barrhaven at Clarke Fields from 8 am to 10:45 pm with a Kids Zone with activities & games, stage shows, midway rides, free birthday cake, a parade of flags, live music and fireworks at 10 pm.

Canada Day in Carleton Place at Riverside Park starting at noon with tons of activities and entertainment for children of all ages. The day will end with fireworks at 9:45 pm over the Mississippi River.

Canada Day in Rockland at Du Moulin Parc from 9 am to 10:30 pm with a pancake breakfast, live music, inflatable games, face painting, free swim at the Rockland YMCA & fireworks.

Canada Day in Vars at Alcide Trudeau Park from 10am to 4pm with play structures and inflatable games and from 7pm to 11pm at the corner of Frank Kenny and Russell Road for live entertainment and fireworks at 10pm.

Canada Day Celebrations in Russell from 8:30 am to dusk with Kids Games and Activities, Dr Kaboom Kids Show, Free Popcorn, Corn Box, Inflatable Bouncers, Face Painting, The Keepers Animal Show, Party Magic Puppets, Russell Fire Department Giant Water Sprinkler and fireworks in the evening.

Canada Day in Stittsville at Sacred Heart High School from 1 pm to 10:00 pm with live music, games and entertainment for children of all ages & fireworks at 9:45 pm. Also horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, strolling characters from Dream it Character Parties & Events, a petting zoo, free birthday cake and glow sticks.

Canada Day celebrations at the museum of space and aviation  from 9 am to 5 pm with tons of entertainment and activities for the whole family including a Rocket launch by the Ottawa Rocketry Group, Parachute demonstration by Parachute GO Skydive, an ejection seat demonstration and inflatable structures. The admission fee to the museum is FREE all day on July 1st (donations welcome), however, there will be still a fee for parking (5$ for the day).

Canada Day at the Agriculture and Food Museum from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with games, demonstrations and activities all day long for the whole family including Ice Cream Making, and free tasting of their Nanaimo bars. The admission fee to the museum is FREE all day on July 1st.

Canada Day at the NAC:  The National Arts Centre (NAC) opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering FREE** activities for this annual celebration. Events will include music and dance performances, as well as crafts for the kids! If you’re hungry, join us for burgers and hot dogs at our Canada Day BBQ from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada Day at the Diefenbunker Museum will have family-friendly activities from 10am to 2pm including a Canada themed scavenger hunt through the entire 4 storey underground Bunker, an obstacle course, giant Jenga, giant Checkers,  Little Ray’s Reptiles, reptile show from 11:00 to 12:00. There will also be a BBQ with hot dogs and veggie dogs. As well as frozen treats and drinks for an affordable price! Admission is free. Entry times must be booked ahead of time through Eventbrite. Entry cannot be guaranteed without a pre-booked ticket.

Canada Day at Pineview Park with activities including crafts, face painting, sporting demonstrations, human board games, a toddler play area and Special Guests: Princess and Superhero.

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