It’s time to celebrate Canada Day, the biggest holiday in the country. There are so many holidays in Canada, but this is the only one common to all Canadians. Read on to find out about fun ways you can spend this upcoming long weekend. Let us know in the comments below which events you will be attending and which ones we missed!
Location: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive
It’s the classic way to Celebrate Canada Day, and the Vaughan attraction receives an inflow of people from far and wide. This year Canada’s Wonderland is celebrating Canada’s birthday from Saturday, June 9 to Monday, July 14. According to To Do Canada, you can expect to be a part of amazing performances like Tundra: A Cirque Experience, Flying Frontenacs, live music, authentic Canadian food, street performers, and a firework display starting at 10:00 p.m.
North Maple Regional Park
Location: 11103 Keele St, Maple
The city of Vaughan brings back the free award-winning family event, which takes place in the new North Maple Region Park. Celebrations take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Canada Day. To make it better, the city of Vaughan has organized a shuttle bus service in case you don’t have a ride. This event will have live performances, family activities, inflatables, arts and craft, Vaughan Soccer Club Friendly Tournament etc.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Location: 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinberg
McMichael Art Gallery celebrates Canada Day weekend with an art exhibition of Maud Lewis and Ken Whitely and Friends, Folk and Blues Performance on Sunday, June 30. They’ve also organized a Family Paint Challenge. This event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, over the weekend. There is an admission fee, but participating in the activities is free.
Baitul Islam Mosque
Location: 10610 Jane St, Maple
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community comes back with their annual Canada Day celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Not only is there no admission fee, but the food and children’s activities are completely free of charge. This family event sees a large multicultural population that’s perfect for getting to know new people and spending your day in a unique setting. I’ll be attending this event, so stay tuned to read about my experience!
Woodbridge Pool and Memorial Arena
Location: 5020 Hwy. 7, Woodbridge
This is another family event organized by Christ Church Anglican and Woodbridge Village Farmer’s Market where you can enjoy some breakfast with the community. Come celebrate this Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to enjoy some free freshly made pancakes, vegetables, fruits, baked goods and freshly picked strawberries.
Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park
Location: 1300 Elgin Mills Rd E, Richmond Hill
Filled with outdoor and indoor sporting activities, this park is the largest in Richmond Hill. You can be a part of an all-day event filled with activities for everyone on Canada Day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. People around the GTA come here for the fireworks display at 10:00 p.m. Admission is free, but some activities may require you to pay.
Location: Main St. S, Newmarket
Main Street Canada Day Festival is an outdoor event where you can experience vendors, food, live music and activities for children set up along the street. Shuttle service is available for those of us who can’t drive. The shuttles are available from 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and runs from Magna Centre and Ray Twinney Recreation Complex to Riverwalk Commons.
George Richardson Park
Picture this: it’s a perfect summer night, you’re outdoors with your friends and family, and there’s live music. Come to George Richardson Park to enjoy a concert by the Newmarket Citizen Band for this Canada Day. The park will have activities for children, ice cream, and of course, fireworks! The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Event organizers encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs and blanket.
Location: Pine Street, Newmarket ON
According to Mississauga.com, this Canada Day, Newmarket baseball is hosting its annual Kanata Day tournament for 7U players. Join them from 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. For more on this event click here.
Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum
Location: 18974 Leslie Street, Sharon
Head out to Sharon to relive a recreation of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion with free admission. This historical event is perfect for families and individuals alike where you can talk to historians and learn history in a practical way. The Sharon Temple Museum will be transformed to fit the 19th century all the while accommodating for fun games for children, bouncy castles and much more.
This article was co-written by Maryum Batool. She is an aspiring novelist studying Criminal Justice at Humber College. She enjoys writing about current events and giving her take on popular topics.