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Everything You Need To Know for Heading Downtown on Canada Day

Be sure to focus on the celebrations this Canada Day. Here’s what you need to know to have a fun, safe and easy July 1 in the Capital. Official sponsors of Canada Day activities include President’s Choice, Manulife and Tim Hortons, as well as over 500 volunteers.

Access to Parliament Hill

The new main and official entrance to Parliament Hill celebrations will be located on the corner of Kent and Wellington, near the Supreme Court of Canada. Wait times are expected to be significantly reduced this year however all visitors will still be expected to go through security screening and metal detectors. Only small backpacks are allowed, none over 12 x 14 x 7.5 inches will be let through.


Canada Day Weekend is expected to be extremely hot, with temperatures reaching 36 degrees and feeling like 40. Parliament Hill doesn’t have much shade, but Major Hill’s Park, another official site for Canada Day, has a bit more shade. Water stations will be on the Hill as well as at the Museum of History and Major Hill’s Park, so bring a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated.

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Food and Vendors will be downtown except for on the Hill itself, where only water stations will be available.


Programming begins at 8 am, with a lineup of activities all day long.

The Noon Show

Hosted by Lisa Charleyboy and Marième, the Canada Day Noon Show will include remarks from dignitaries, a flypast by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and unique performances by Canadian artists: Arkells, Lights, Brigitte Boisjoli, Iskwé, Jean-Marc Couture, Rose Cousins, Martina Ortiz Luis and Queen Ka.

The Arial show by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will begin at 5:30 pm.

Photo by Nicolas Place


The evening will end with a dazzling 15-minute President’s Choice pyro-musical show at 10 p.m. The museum of history is the best place to watch this show light up the sky.



More Activities at Major Hill’s Park

On June 30, visitors can enjoy activities for the whole family, including unique circus performances, games and a community culinary experience. Groove to the beats of musical talent from Ottawa: Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine; MEGAPHONO Showcase featuring LeFLOFRANCO, SeiiizMikk and Jah’kota; and in the evening, Andréanne A. Malette and River Town Saints.

On July 1, the same exciting experience awaits people of all ages, with performances by a diverse lineup of artists including Charlotte Cardin, the Noubi Trio, The Beaches, Logan Staats, Jacobus and La Bronze.



More Activities at the Museum of History

On July 1, people can head to the Canadian Museum of History and enjoy free family-friendly programming, including many participatory activities. 



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