June 29, 2017
Celebrate Canada 150 on the Water!
Top Places to Go Boating for Canada Day
Canada Day is all about celebrating our nation and its heritage, and what better way to do that than to spend time on the water and watch fireworks? For Canada 150, the anniversary of the confederation, cities and towns across the country are planning festivals and events to educate the public on our vast history and celebrate our past. Check out these events in your province, and be sure to catch the light show from the water where you will get the best and clearest view.
Celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday with Nova Scotians in the birthplace of confederation. Start your day off right with a free pancake breakfast at Halifax’s Grand Parade or Alderney Landing and take part in any of their fun filled events. From 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM the main attraction is definitely the free concert being put on at the Halifax Commons, which ends with a performance from renowned electronic music artist Deadmau5. At 10:00 PM get ready for a spectacular show of pyrotechnics. The fireworks are set to be choreographed to music to create a pyro-musical. While the Halifax Commons will be the best place to catch the show on land, lucky boaters can enjoy the visuals from the waters of the Halifax Harbour. Make sure you carry your boat license on board with you!
The Muskoka Lakes are a boater’s paradise any day of the year, but no more so than on the Canada 150 long weekend. Pop into the Summer Water Sports Marina for a free pancake breakfast – topped with real Canadian maple syrup or course – and get ready for a day of fun on the water. Get your crew together for some friendly competition at the JW Marriott and enter your squad into their regatta games. The event starts at 10:00 AM and features a variety of activities such as water running and canoe noodle races; there’s something for everybody! Enjoy your day on the water after the races, and at 9:00 PM you can join the people of Victoria Banks in singing ‘O Canada’. To finish the night off, drop anchor in Lake Rousseau’s Wallace Bay for a stunning view of the light show.
If you’re looking for Canada Day celebrations in a small town, Tofino is the place to be on the long weekend. Enjoy the atmosphere in the centre of Tofino at the Tofino Public Market from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM where you can meet local artisans and indulge in some sweets from the Tofino Cake Studio. Kick back and relax in the Village Green while munching on delicious and local Canadian food and soak up the sun. Boaters can check out the Pacific Rim Summer Festival which will be concluding with a free Canada Day concert on July 1st. The concert goes from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and wraps up with fireworks. For an even more spectacular (and less crowded!) view of the fireworks, take your boat out onto Wickaninnish Bay.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Get up bright and early to celebrate in Newfoundland and Labrador, because festivities begin at 6:00 AM. Join the residents on Signal Hill for a sunrise festival and then head down for breakfast in the Visitor Interpretation Centre from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Once you’ve filled up on Canadian bacon and maple syrup drenched pancakes, get your crew ready for an afternoon of fun at King George V Park. The festivities in the park are great for crew members of all ages, with activities such as face painting, laser tag, and live performances. The evening events are located at the Dominion Memorial Market and includes a concert with The Sheepdogs and a beer garden for crew members who won’t be boating. Finish off the night watching the fireworks on Quidi Vidi Lake – only if you did not drink at the evening festivities – and enjoy the view.
Prince Edward Island
There are endless events going on for our nation’s 150th birthday in Charlottetown, you’ll need to plan accordingly if you want to fit it all in! You should definitely plan to check out the Tall Ships that will be docked in the city and take a deck tour so you can learn about their Canadian history. Continue learning about our nation’s heritage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts where the story of confederation will be told. During the day, make sure you check out all of the events planned in Charlottetown – your challenge is to try and experience all of them over the course of the long weekend. The city’s concert starts at 8:00 PM with performances from Natalie MacMaster and Lennie Gallant and concludes with a firework show at 10:15 PM. Drop anchor in the Northumberland Strait and get the best unobstructed view of the fireworks.
Along the banks of the Red River and Assiniboine River lies Manitoba’s Canada Day celebration at The Forks. Packed with fun and exciting activities, this day-long festival features indigenous storytelling, a pow wow and many musical performances spaced out on five stages. The stage at the Plaza Skatepark will feature numerous DJs and give guests the opportunity to learn how to skateboard with pros from SK8 Skates. Other stages include the Port Stage featuring the Aboriginal School of Dance and the Main Stage on Festival Field where you can catch headliner Whitehorse along with talented local Faouzia. The festivities end with fireworks at 11:00 PM that can best be viewed on the water on the Red River.
Grab your boating buddies and head down to Regina Beach for a killer Canada 150 celebration in Saskatchewan. Fuel up for your day of activities at the South Shore School where they are hosting a pancake breakfast and then make your way to Lions Park for more things to do. Take younger crew members to the park from 1 PM to 3 PM where they can meet some of their favourite superheroes and princesses such as Batman and Raupunzel, or go watch the parade going through town at 1:00 PM. The true celebration begins at 11:00 PM when the fireworks show begins. The show lasts for over 20 minutes and is set to diverse Canadian music that is sure to give you a strong sense of patriotism. The fireworks will be launched from Willow Island, so make sure to launch your boat onto Wascana Lake to get the best seat in the house!
Enjoy the city’s largest fireworks display in Fredrickton at the St. John River for Canada’s birthday! During the day, crews can enjoy an assortment of activities ranging from bouncy castles to a community wide Canada 150 canoe art project. The Canada Day parade is also making a return to Fredrickton, so make sure you arrive early to get a seat near the front – it starts at 4:00 PM sharp. Enjoy the concert at Officer’s Square that goes from noon to the end of the night, and prepare for the stunning fireworks display scheduled for 10:45 PM. They are set to be fired off of the Westmorland Street Bridge, which provides excellent viewing from either side of the St. John River.
Ring in Canada’s biggest birthday with Albertans this Canada Day. Head down to Alberta’s Legislature and take part in all the fun activities, ranging from magic shows for the kids – and kids at heart – to aboriginal storytelling. Throughout the grounds are multiple stages featuring musical performances from a wide variety of artists including Nuela Charles and Alyssa Ried. Satisfy your sweet tooth at 10:15 AM on the Legislature’s south grounds by grabbing a slice of Canada’s birthday cake. Spend your spare time at the Direct Energy Beach Party and cap off your day with a fireworks display at 11:00 PM which are best viewed along the North Saskatchewan River.
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