The biggest Canada Day party takes place in Ottawa each year on July 1, with live entertainment, family activities and spectacular fireworks! This year, the fun is taking place at two new sites. Plan your celebration of the 155th anniversary of Confederation in Ottawa with these official programming highlights. And yes, it’s all FREE!
Two new official sites
Parliament Hill has been the official Canada Day site for over 50 years. This year, the Centre Block Rehabilitation project means the Canada Day main stage is moving to a new location just 1.5 kilometre (less than one mile) to the west. Iconic Parliament Hill is still a wonderful place to take photos on this special day, as it is on any day.
For the full schedule of activities taking place at both official sites, including full concert lineups and more, visit the official Canada Day Calendar of events.
LeBreton Flats Park
This large site near the Canadian War Museum and the Ottawa River is where the main stage will showcase Canadian diversity and excellence during the popular daytime ceremony and evening shows—both broadcasted live on national television.
11:30am-1:30pm: The daytime ceremony highlights athletes, artists and other inspiring Canadians. Watch performances by Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarahmée, DJ Shub, Kellie Loder, Riit, Lisa LeBlanc, Gurdeep Pandher, and more.
8:00pm-10:00pm: The evening show presents artists from across the country. The lineup includes a few acts from the daytime show, plus many others such as Charlotte Cardin, Ariane Moffatt, Johnny Reid, William Prince, Sébastian Gaskin and Walk Off The Earth, to name a few.
Place des festivals Zibi
Just a few steps from LeBreton Flats on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River, this site is where emerging artists and various activities will be held. Roam the site all day for family-friendly fun such as art activities, lacrosse, giant games, BMX demonstrations, multicultural performances and much more.
Canada Day fireworks
Along with the main programming, the spectacular Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks will be held near LeBreton Flats Park. They can be viewed from there or from Place des festivals Zibi, as well as surrounding streets, which will be closed to car traffic. (Keep in mind the fireworks show is weather dependent.)
On Canada Day, various roads are closed to traffic and parking is very limited as locals and visitors of all ages gather for the events. Canadian Heritage, who organizes the event, have suggestions on the best ways to get around, such as on foot, by bike, or by public transportation.
Make it a long weekend
Take advantage of the long weekend and stay in Ottawa after Canada Day! Some of the events, activities and festivals taking place include a heritage fair, performing arts for kids, pro sports, multicultural and music festivals, and much more!
Share the fun
Get out there, enjoy the action and share your experiences using the #MyOttawa and #CanadaDay hashtags!