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!