Canada Day!
Jul 1 @ 10:00:00 AM – 11:45:00 PM
Canada Day!

Canada Day in the Capital brings lots of events! Check them out!

Parliament Hill

9:00 am
Changing of the Guard

Enjoy the pageantry of a marching band and military drills by the Governor General’s Foot Guards.


10:00 am
Carillon Concert
Take in a truly unique musical experience: the Peace Tower’s 53-bell carillon featuring Dominion Carillonneur Dr. Andrea McCrady


12 pm to 1:30pm


Featuring: Metric (ON) • Coeur de Pirate (QC) • Alex Cuba (BC) • Alex Nevsky (QC) • Indian City (MB) • Les Hay Babies (NB) • Coleman Hell (ON) • Hosts: Rebecca Makonnen and Kardinal Offi shall


7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

CANADA DAY Evening Show

Featuring: Metric (ON) • Coeur de Pirate (QC) • Alex Cuba (BC) • Alex Nevsky (QC) • Indian City (MB) • Les Hay Babies (NB) • Coleman Hell (ON)


10 pm
President’s Choice Canada Day Pyromusical Fireworks
Always beautiful but even more impressive with music. A first!
Launched from the Astrolabe at Nepean Point, the 2016 fireworks show includes:

  • More than 2,000 aerial shells
  • 110 of the largest shells allowed in Canada


Best views: Canadian Museum of History, Major’s Hill Park and along the Ottawa River.


Major’s Hill Park

Free shuttle bus connects Major’s Hill Park to the Canadian Museum of History.


Hudson’s Bay Stage


12 pm to 1:30 pm

Canada Day Singer Songwriter Showcase:

  • Shawn Hook (BC)
  • Andie Duquette (QC)
  • Reuben Bullock (AB)
  • Amanda Rhéaume (ON)
  • Chelsea Amber (NS)
  • Hosted by Alan Neal from CBC Ottawa’s ‘All in a Day’


7:00 pm to 10:45 pm

Evening Show featuring:

  • Shawn Hook (BC)
  • Andie Duquette (QC)
  • DJ Ilon (ON)


Main Bowl


9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Hudson’s Bay Tent

Play a round of mini-putt, take a souvenir snapshot, and more activities for families and friends. Looking to wear red and white? Our pop-up shop will be stocked with our exclusive Rio 2016 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team Collections.


Get in the Best Shape of Your Life!

Health and wellness tips, group exercise demos, family fun, free fitness gear and more —all under the GoodLife tent.


Don’t miss the McCafé and McSmoothie on-site teams giving out samples.


Trivia Challenge

Step right up and test your national knowledge! Spin the trivia wheel and show us how much you know about our country’s history, geography, politics and culture. Win great prizes and the respect and admiration of your friends and family.


Science Carnival

The Canada Science and Technology Museum invites you to participate in a range of exciting and interactive activities to celebrate Canada Day.


Canada Day Face Painting by Kromatik


Come and sample St-Albert cheese curds


VIA Rail Miniature Train

Kids can enjoy a ride around the park aboard the VIA Rail miniature train.


Chicken Corner

Hosted by Chicken Farmers of Canada


Starting at 10:00 am


24th Annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ

Try our newest Canadian chicken sandwich recipe or dig into our delicious chicken Caesar salad! Remember, proceeds from your chicken purchase support the Ottawa Food Bank!


11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm


Cooking Demonstrations

Pick up some cooking tips for delicious Canadian chicken.


New site this year: Canadian Museum of History
All activities are FREE (indoor and outdoor)


Free shuttle bus connects the Canadian Museum of History to Major’s Hill Park, in Ottawa.


In the Museum


9:00 am to 9:00 pm


Special Exhibitions:

  • Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia
  • Horse Power – The Paul Bienvenu Carriage Collection
  • Napoleon and Paris


Canadian Children’s Museum

Passports in hand, visitors discover one incredible destination after another. Explore a world where parents have as much fun as their kids!


10:30 am


Kick-off to the Canadian History Hall Countdown

Celebrate the official kick-off of the countdown to the opening of the Museum’s new Canadian History Hall opening on July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Join us in the Grand Hall to help launch the countdown and enjoy some cake (first-come, first-served), followed by activities and entertainment.


11:30 am to 1:30 pm


Sneak Peek of the Canadian History Hall

Be among the first to get a sneak peek of the new Canadian History Hall, set to open on July 1, 2017. We are opening the doors for a quick visit of the space, one year before the big day!


12:00 pm and 4:00 pm


Shows in the Theatre: Violon Dingue

Experience a hilarious journey with Monsieur Dingue, a multilingual globetrotter with an eccentric wardrobe and clown-like impersonations.


Outside the Museum


9:00 am to 5:00 pm


  • Inflatable Games
  • Canada Day Face Painting by Kromatik
  • Kite Craft


Our Wildlife with Hinterland Who’s Who

Get answers to your questions about Canadian wildlife and even meet a few wild critters in person! You’ll be able to watch several of the famous Hinterland Who’s Who videos with our hosts, while getting up-close and personal with some live wild animals.


Meet the Canadian Coast Guard
Come and see a Coast Guard Fast Rescue Craft used for Search and Rescue and explore how the Canadian Coast Guard contributes to the safety, accessibility and security of Canadian waters through various activities.


Get Moving with Motivate Canada

Test your agility, balance, coordination and speed. All ages can experience the joy and benefits of traditional and non-traditional sports and physical activity. Suitable for youth ages 5 and up.


9:30 am and 10:30 am

Ryu’s Grand Circus

You will be amazed by this artist’s incredible acrobatic stunts and juggling abilities.


10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm


Giant Puppet Show

This family-oriented French show presented by the “Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur” features four puppeteers and a dozen giant puppets.



*** Don’t forget to also mark your calendar for Canada Day 2017.


Canada’s Capital Region will be THE place to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary!

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour @ Across Canada
Oct 7 2017 – Apr 1 2018 all-day
Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour @ Across Canada

Hometowns. Big Stars. Another season of Canada’s ultimate touring hockey festival is back! Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge will hit the road again, visiting 24 communities from coast-to-coast to tell the unique stories that unite the country through the sport it loves most – hockey.

Free of charge and open to fans of all ages, the jam-packed two-day festival features live entertainment, local celebrities, NHL alumni and a multitude of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Each week concludes with an outdoor viewing party of an NHL® game broadcast nationally on Sportsnet™ and hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. The Tour makes its first stop of 2017-18 in Niagara Falls, ON on October 7 and 8, at Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park. As part of the opening weekend festivities, award-winning Canadian country star Tim Hicks will perform in his hometown on Sunday evening.

2017-18 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour Stops

October 2017

  • Niagara Falls, ON (Oct. 7-8)
  • Haliburton Highlands, ON (Oct.14-15)
  • Charlottetown (Oct. 21-22)
  • Truro, NS (Oct. 28-29)


November 2017

  • Orillia, ON (Nov. 4-5)
  • RMC – Kingston, ON (Nov. 11-12)
  • Thomas, ON (Nov. 18-19)
  • Oakville, ON (Nov. 25-26)


December 2017

  • Winnipeg, MB (Dec. 2-3)
  • Surrey, BC (Dec. 9-10)
  • Airdrie, AB (Dec. 16-17)
  • Spruce Grove, AB (Dec. 30-31)

January 2018

  • Williams Lake, BC (Jan. 6-7)
  • Kamloops, BC (Jan. 13-14)
  • Cowichan Valley, BC (Jan. 20-21)

February 2018

  • Lacombe, AB (Feb. 3-4)
  • Canmore, AB (Feb. 10-11)
  • Regina, SK (Feb. 17-18)
  • Belleville, ON (Feb. 24-25)

March 2018

  • Markham, ON (March 3-4)
  • Brampton, ON (March 10-11)
  • Cornwall, ON (March 17-18)
  • Bathurst, NB (March 24-25)
  • Montreal (March 31-April 1)


“From having the honour of being on RMC campus over Remembrance Day weekend to shining a light on the recovery efforts in Williams Lake come January, Rogers Hometown Hockey connects Canadians all across the country,” said MacLean. “Every Sunday, we pull out the hockey roadmap and discover a part of Canada and ourselves.”

“It’s amazing to me that we are on season four of Rogers Hometown Hockey and there are still so many wonderful places in this country that we have left to discover,” said Slone. “We have been welcomed so graciously by Canadians from coast-to-coast and I’m looking forward to feeling that warmth, hospitality and excitement from this year’s group of hometowns.”


Live on Sportsnet

Each community that is visited is featured on the weekly Sunday broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW™. Live on location from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, MacLean and Slone host a pre-game, intermission and post-game show that highlights the local culture, hockey history and unique stories of each hometown.

The NHL® match-ups and broadcast schedule for Rogers Hometown Hockey is as follows:

Relive the Glory

Leading into the start of the season, fans can get a taste of what to expect by tuning in to The Best of Rogers Hometown Hockey. With four 30-minute episodes, the show compiles some of the most captivating stories from the first three seasons of the Tour, with a sneak peek into how the show comes to life. The shows will air on Sportsnet on Thursdays, with multiple repeat broadcasts throughout the weekend. The first episode debuts Thursday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT.

Watch to Win!

All season long, fans can tune in to the Sunday night broadcast on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW for a chance to win weekly prizes through the Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest. Join the conversation by using each week’s unique hashtag to automatically be entered for a chance to win a number of prizes, including a trip to the 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The contest begins during the first week’s broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Niagara Falls and will run right through to the final Rogers Hometown Hockey of the season on Sunday, April 1 from Montreal.

Social Media Links

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Official website, Sportsnet

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Follow Ron MacLean @RonMacLeanHTH

Follow Tara Slone @TaraSlone

About the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour rolls into 24 communities across Canada this season with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages.  The weekend culminates in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. For more information on the tour, please follow Rogers Hometown Hockey on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.