Canada Day 2015

Canada Day 2015: Fireworks, and everything else you need to know

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Where to join the fun on Canada Day 2015

It’s a celebration that’s almost 150 years in the making.

On July 1st each year, the nation unites for Canada Day to celebrate the country’s birthday. On this date in 1867, the British North America Act was passed by the Parliament in Westminster, establishing Canada as a self-governing federation.

Fireworks have lit up the skies since 1981, and they’ll be happening across the country again this year as Canada turns 148. Millions will be taking to the streets to get involved, and here’s where you can join them.

Toronto • VancouverOttawaCalgary

MontrealEdmontonFort McMurrayVictoria

Toronto

Toronto will be spoiled once again this year, with two nights of fireworks to mark the special day.

‘Canada Eve’ fireworks will spark on June 30 at the Harbourfront Centre, with an all-Canadian playlist to set the mood. They’ll last for about 20 minutes and begin at around 10:30pm.

The official celebrations on July 1 take place at Mel Lastman Square, and begin with live music and dance from 5pm. The fireworks begin at 10:15pm.

Events at Queen’s Park run from 10am to 5pm, and include a 21-gun salute at noon. And at the Rogers Centre, the Boston Red Sox are in town for their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1pm.

For a full list of events, click here.

Vancouver

The hour-long Canada Day 2015 Parade begins at 7pm. The route begins Downtown at the corner of Georgia and Broughton, turns left onto Burrard, and ends at West Pender St.

The fireworks begin at 10:30pm, and they’ll be launched from two barges in Coal Harbour, and Dundarave in West Vancouver.

Viewing locations include Harbour Green Park, Crab Park, Stanley Park (close to the nine o’clock gun) and along Coal Harbour itself. They can also be seen from John Lawson Park in West Vancouver, where you can join in their Red & White Picnic.

For $15, you can enter the Hudson’s Bay Fireworks Viewing Zone at Canada Place, where there will also be entertainment from 9pm to 10pm.

For more on the festivities, click here.

Ottawa

The fireworks in the capital begin at 10pm. They’ll be launched from the Astrolabe Theatre, and are set to illuminate the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill.

In Gatineau, you can see them from the Canadian Museum of History and Jacques-Cartier Park – though the Alexandra Bridge will be closed to traffic all day, so bear this in mind if you plan on crossing into Quebec to enjoy the show. In Ottawa, Major’s Hill Park, Parliament Hill, and Victoria Island are your best bets.

For more on the fireworks, click here.  The rest of the day’s events begin at 9am – and you can see a full itinerary here.

Calgary

“These songs are for your hearts, to help you heal your souls.” #yyc #cbc A video posted by Amanda Christie Connolly (@amandacconn) on

This video is from last year’s First Nations Powwow, and it takes place again in 2015 at Prince’s Island Park from 9:30am to 6pm.

You can begin your day with some free pancakes at Fort Calgary from 9am, where you’ll also be treated to live music and a petting zoo.

If you’re hungry later in the day, food trucks will be on-site between the YMCA and Eau Claire Market after 11am, and the Chinatown Fest will be back for its second year from 3pm.

From 10:45pm, grab a spot anywhere along the Bow River corridor to enjoy the fireworks, launched at the Centre Street Bridge from 10:45pm. A free shuttle bus can help get you where you need to go.

You’ll find more information here and here.

Montreal

The Canada Day Parade begins at 11am at Du Fort St, head east on Ste-Catherine St. W and finish at Phillips Square.

Over 100 groups and 7,000 people will participate this year – with a special treat from the upcoming Montreal Comic-Con, who are lending 200 of their superheroes for the occasion.

La Ronde will host this year’s fireworks, which the city promises will make “the Old Port shine bright”. They begin at 10pm and are expected to last 30 minutes.

Click here for more on the day’s activities.

Edmonton


Light art will illuminate the High Level Bridge from 11pm, accompanied by local music and a special performance of O Canada! It will be followed by the fireworks display over the River Valley.

Viewing locations include the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Ezio Faraone Park, Victoria Park, Dantzer’s Hill and Government House Park.

Anyone who wants to view the display from Telus Field can get a reduced admission fee of $4 after the eighth inning of the Edmonton Prospects vs the Weyburn Beavers game.

The city’s official website, and the Edmonton Journal have more information.

Fort McMurray

The fireworks event in Fort McMurray begins on the evening of June 30, with live music at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. At the stroke of midnight (slightly later than usual this year, on account of the Leap Second), the fireworks will ring in Canada Day 2015.

A few hours later, the Canada Day Pancake Breakfast from 8am to 10:30am ignites a new day of activities. For more on those, click here.

Victoria

World music group Delhi 2 Dublin are this year’s Canada Day headliners, bringing their blend of Bhangra and Celtic beats to the official Victoria Celebrates Canada Day event.

They’ll be playing at the main stage at Legislature Lawns on Belleville and Government Streets at 9:20pm, though other bands will be taking the stage from noon. Delhi 2 Dublin will be immediately followed by the fireworks display over the Inner Harbour at 10:20pm.

For more, click here, or view this PDF document for a full list of events and a map.

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