Many cities across the nation are holding events for some free Canada Day fun
Friday July 1st is Canada Day. Canadians from coast to coast are eagerly anticipating the chance to celebrate Canada’s birthday by proudly displaying their Canadian pride with colourful red and white clothing choices – symbolizing the colours from the Canadian flag. This year, Canada will turn 149 years young and you better believe she will enjoy every moment of it.
Although many Canadians are excited to enjoy some Canada Day fun, some Canadians may feel less inclined to enjoy the festivities because their household finances are weighing them down.
“It could be a tough spot to be in if you didn’t account for how much you were going to spend this weekend,” says Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada. “For some Canadian households, turning to debt is how they are able to enjoy a variety of social events. If this is your reality – you are not alone, but it’s going to cost you. You may be paying for your festivities, long after the value is gone,” says Schwartz.
All is not lost, you can still enjoy the holiday without going deep into debt. As Canadians get ready to plan for Canada Day, Consolidated Credit has compiled a list of free activities to do across Canada for the following Canadian cities:
- You can have your cake and eat it too at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Join in a joyous chorus of the national anthem followed by some Canada Day birthday cake!
- Alderney Landing Events Plaza will be the place to be this Canada Day in Halifax! You can enjoy a live show and fireworks with family and friends.
- Celebrate a long-standing Canada Day tradition since 1977 at Montreal’s Canada Day Parade. Parade goers can enjoy the sights and sounds by heading to Ste. Catherine Street.
- If you want to attend the best Canada Day event in Montreal, make sure you head to the Quays of the Old Port. You can enjoy a variety of activities from fireworks to games for kids.
- Take in some cool jazz vibes at the Montreal Jazz Festival. There are various free outdoor concerts to listen to.
- Parliament Hill is the place to be on Canada Day! Take in a concert, enjoy the elaborate fireworks, or even feel the ground rumble beneath your feet as the Canadian Snowbirds fly overhead.
- If Parliament Hill is not your thing, the best places to see the fireworks show includes: Victoria Island, the shores of the Ottawa River, Jacques Cartier Park and Major’s Hill Park.
- No Toronto Canada Day tradition would be complete without some fireworks along the shores of Lake Ontario. Watch the night sky light up and enjoy some quality time with your family in the unique setting of Ashbridges Bay.
- If you can’t make it downtown and you want to watch more than fireworks, Mel Lastman’s Square is hosting a variety of fun events from face-painting to having a circus performance troupe put on a dramatic show.
- If food is your passion, go to the east side of Scarborough and enjoy sampling some historic foods from the past at the Scarborough Museum. Or get your fill at the Scarborough Museum’s Canada Day pie-eating contest.
- Come and enjoy Canada’s longest and largest street festival at the Osborne Village! This large street festival runs for 2 and a half days.
- Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Winnipeg Beach with a variety of free activities from face painting to horse drawn wagon rides. There will be something for everyone!
- You can watch a display of fireworks at Selkirk Park, Luxton Community Centre or Town Dock. If these locations are out of your way, you can find additional locations to view fireworks here.
- Enjoy a fun-filled Canada Day celebration at Wascana Park. You can start your day with a free pancake breakfast, or enjoy some other festivities including free music, fireworks, and various family-oriented activities.
- Celebrate Canada Day in style! Head over to Government House to enjoy the Lieutenant Govenor’s free garden party. Refreshments will be served while you enjoy numerous events and entertainment from an 11-piece band to entertainment for your kids.
- Live entertainment and music goes hand in hand. Canada’s heritage will be on display at the Aboriginal showcase and Powwow at the Prince’s Island Park.
- Yearning to go to a carnival however you are unable to afford paying for admission? Springs Calgary Church is holding a free outdoor carnival with various activities from face painting to a petting zoo.
- Looking for some fireworks? Head over to the Centre Street Bridge to view a spectacular display of fireworks. If you want to catch the best view, head along the Bow River corridor.
- Who doesn’t love a Canada Day parade? Head over to West Georgia and Broughton Streets for the 8th annual Canada Day parade. You can have some fun with a selfie booth, live music, fireworks and more!
- For something less central, head to the northwest side of downtown Vancouver / Coal Harbour to enjoy a fireworks show.
- For the west coast foodies, enjoy the Crab Park outdoor festival and listen to a variety of live bands on Canada Day.
Although you may be tight in your wallet, it is still possible to leave your home and enjoy some Canada Day celebrations for free. However if your finances are robbing you of your joy for Canada Day, it is time to seek credit counselling to help you get back on track. Give one of our trained credit counsellors a call at or go online for a free debt analysis.