This year in deeper ways than ever before, July 1, also known as Canada Day, presents an opportunity to come together to learn about and reflect on our country’s history and culture. Canada Day has typically been one of the most visited days for our destination, and we look towards the ways in which reconciliation and more focus on Indigenous culture and lived experience can be recognized and celebrated, this year and into the future. the future.
For the second year in a row, Canada Day programming as organized by Canadian Heritage, is taking place virtually! One and all are invited to join together online to express their national pride and reflect on our country’s history and culture.
Enjoy online access to your favourite, free official Canada Day programming—including concerts, contests and even fireworks—through the Canadian Heritage website and their social channels.
Here’s how to get the most out of your Canada Day 2021, no matter where you are:
- Discover Indigenous culture in Ottawa as the country collectively seeks opportunities to honour and respect Indigenous Peoples and diverse perspectives about Canada Day;
- Meet some of the incredible creators behind local Indigenous businesses such as Ondarez Clothing and Goods, BirchBark Coffee Company, Indigenous Walks, Makatew Workshops and Indigenous Experiences.
- Celebrate within your social bubble at home and by downloading a free Celebration Kit;
- Tune in for the Lights on Canada Day evening show at 8:00 p.m. on Canadian Heritage's YouTube channel. Enjoy two hours of performances by special guests and artists from each province and territory, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage;
- View the Tim Hortons Canada Day Virtual Fireworks! Access the 3D augmented reality experience with image capture options via your mobile device at 10:00 p.m. local time, wherever you are. Or use your desktop/laptop device to view a video montage any day, any time;
- Enter the contest to win great prizes;
- Visit the Ottawa Tourism blog for the latest ideas on what to do in Canada’s capital.
Follow @CdnHeritage for lots more surprises on social media!