July 1st marks our proud country’s official 150th Anniversary. Celebrations have been held across Canada throughout the sesquicentennial year, but those scheduled for the nation’s Capital City are fittingly the country’s focus. Parliament Hill will be the setting for the country’s biggest birthday party since 1967, when over 2,000 infrastructure projects and events helped modernize Canada – and still have a lasting effect, according to a CBC retrospective.
Sesqui excitement is coming to Canada’s Capital Region with a full weekend of events planned. From June 30 to July 2, Canada 150 will celebrate this Canadian milestone with family-friendly activities and in music by well-known artists at all three official sites: Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History and Major’s Hill Park.
Major’s Hill Park will be the site of activities with swing dancing performers, wall climbing, trivia games, trendy airbrush tattoos, and a full slate of performances from morning to night. Visitors will also find fun activities and lively music at the Canadian Museum of History.
Parliament Hill will be the scene of the celebrations on July 1st. As crowds gather there will be entertainment from 9-11:30 am. This will be followed by the official opening, consisting of the Inspection of the Guard at the Peacekeeping Monument, a 21-gun salute and an air show with the Snowbirds, CF-18 and more. Attending will be the Prime Minister, Governor General and the Prince of Wales with his consort.
Music will fill the green hills and riverside parks as bands such as the Barenaked Ladies sing in admiration and love for Canada. National museums all across Ontario and the rest of Canada have all come together and opened their doors with free admission and special programming.
At the end of the night, a spectacular pyromusical fireworks display will be launched from five different locations, and light up the sky with patriotism. What better setting than on the scenic Parliament Hill, and what a wonderful way to celebrate our great country. See everyone there! On Canada Day we will have the kiosk on the site of re Residences, now under construction, and celebrate another milestone in early July when the lower crane arrives on location.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/canada-day/