Ottawa Canada Day Events & Fireworks

By Sara-Lynne Levine June 18, 2019

So many amazing Canada Day events are planned to celebrate Canada's Birthday. Here's a round up of where, when and what you need to know! Wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat, take lots of water and be prepared to wait in line. Don't forget to wear your red and white and have fun!

Events in Downtown Ottawa
Parliament Hill
With its Peace Tower, the huge crowd, the sea of Canadian flags and, of course, its incomparable atmosphere... the Hill, is THE emblematic site of this exceptional day! The celebrations will begin with a Peace and Friendship Circle, an Algonquin ceremony hosted by Mr. Albert Dumont, and the Peace Tower carillon concert. An official ceremony, with artillery fire and traditional flight over of the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds and CF-18, will be followed by the noon show starring the National Arts Centre Orchestra, K’Naan, T. Thomason, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Karim Ouellet, Shawnee and many more.
A second Snowbirds air show will kick off the evening show which promises to be most electrifying! KAYTRANADA, Marie Mai, Cœur de Pirate, Brett Kissel the Strumbellas, William Prince, Karim Ouellet, K’Naan, Crystal Shawanda and other guests will warm up the stage. 
The Manulife Canada Day fireworks show will round off this grandiose gathering with a bang. The evening will end in style with DJ music and a wave of collective pride!

Major's Hill Park
Canadian diversity at Major’s Hill Park, a most charming site, and let your curiosity be your guide!
A multitude of activities with the richness of our communities as a common theme await visitors: interactive works of art, creative and playful games, entertainment and even acrobatics!
The Tim Hortons stage will feature many artists including CHANCES, Iskwé, Salebarbes, Said The Whale as well as Tyler Shaw, Corneille, Tokyo Police Club, Élage Diouf and Domeno.
Enjoy the magnificent view of the Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa River and admire the Manulife Canada Day Fireworks that will illuminate the Ottawa-Gatineau night sky!

Confederation Park
Check out a variety of family friendly activities running throughout the day including 
FREE Jazz Festival performances.

National Arts Centre
Enjoy a variety of free activities for the entire family, rain or shine from 8:30 a.m. - 4 pm. Includes a variety of free*family-friendly performances and activities in the NAC public spaces. Canada Day at the NAC will feature fun, participatory activities and local artists.
Events at National and Local Museums

Agriculture and Food Museum
Learn about Canadian agriculture different Canadian breeds of livestock. There will be games, a craft, ice cream making and tasting, as well a chance to sample classic butter tarts

Aviation and Space Museum
Fun demonstrations and performances

Public Stargazing at 9pm

Bank of Canada Museum
Enjoy crafts, photobooth, trivia and giveaways

Billings Estate Picnic at Park Hill
Celebrate Canada Day with a picnic and lawn games at Park Hill, the former name for Billings Estate
Cost: $12.50 + tax per person

Canadian Museum of History
Enjoy visiting the History Museum and Children's Museum

Canadian Museum of Nature
Admission to the museum is free on July 1.

Family-friendly activities, a Canada themed scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, and more!

History Museum and Canadian Children's Museum
Enjoy activities and entertainment for the entire family

Nepean Museum - Looking Local
Celebrate Canada Day at Nepean Museum by exploring our new permanent exhibition.
Admission by donation

Pinhey's Point Historic Site
Spend a relaxing Canada Day near the water and enjoy a sampling of leisure time pursuits that will transport you back in time.
Admission by donation

Science and Technology Museum
Activities, experiments, and demonstrations for the family

Events Around Ottawa

Canada Day in Barrhaven

Canada Day in Kanata

Canada Day in Carleton Place

Canada Day in Orleans

Canada Day in Stittville

Fireworks from Parliament Hill - 10:00 pm, Wellington Street
Canada Day in Barrhaven - Clarke Fields Park, 93 Houlahan Rd, intersection of Houlahan Rd & Tartan Drive.
Canada Day in Kanata - Walter Baker Park, Kanata. 100 Charlie Rogers Way.
Canada Day in Orleans - 10:00 pm, 795 Trim Rd
Canada Day in Stittsville - 9:45 pm,  5870 Abbott St E,  

Getting Around Ottawa
Ride for Free all day on Canada Day
On July 1, ride at no charge on all OC Transpo routes and Para Transpo. Fare gates at O-Train stations will be open. Presto readers on buses will be covered.

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