After MONTHS of preparation, Canada Day is finally upon us!
But with 500,000 people expected to be heading towards Parliament Hill, you might be looking for some alternative (read: quieter) ways to spend your day.
Well, lucky for you, there are COUNTLESS activities that you can check out. Here are just some of the ideas!
Frances Brooke wrote Canada’s first novel, The History of Emily Montague. Brooke moved to Québec City in 1763 to join her husband, a military chaplain. They remained until 1768. A novel of manners, Emily Montague was more concerned with sense and sensibility than conquest and occupation. But it provided a vivid portrait of life in a small British society within Canada. The publication, on loan from Library and Archives Canada, will be featured in our new Canadian History Hall opening July 1! 📖🇨🇦 #MuseumWeek #booksMW #CanHistoryHall #canadianmuseumofhistory #canadianhistory
ALL the Ottawa museums will be open and FREE on Canada Day! Special note: You will absolutely want to check out the Museum of History. Not only is it free, like the other museums, but they are FINALLY reopening the Canadian History Hall after about a year of renovations. They have incredible artifacts there, including Maurice Richard’s jersey!
2. Head West(ish)
Barrhaven and Kanata will both be holding special Canada Day celebrations, giving a family friendly opportunity to those who can’t make it downtown for whatever reason! Both will have midways, musical performances, and even fireworks (both locations starting around 10pm, an hour earlier than the downtown ones). Find details HERE for Barrhaven, and HERE for Kanata.
3. Head East(ish)
Maybe Kanata and Barrhaven are a bit of a far drive for you – Orleans is also holding its “Canada D’eh! Fest” at Petrie Island, so not only do you get to check out a midway, entertainment, and fireworks (much like the others, they start at 10pm!), but water safety permitting, you can take a refreshing dip as well! Find all the details HERE.
4. Hit the road!
There is no sweeter escape than hitting up cottage country for a long weekend. Secluded, calm, and quiet, it’s the ultimate getaway for anyone who isn’t happy in crowds. Plus, you can legally set off fireworks without a permit – just make sure to follow instructions, keep an extinguisher nearby, and be aware of your conditions and surroundings.