Just days ahead of American Independence day on July 4, Canadians will celebrate Canada Day on July 1. While this holiday is celebrated nationally every year, 2017 marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation, known to many as Canada 150. With so many different ways to celebrate this national milestone, Omni Hotels & Resorts has compiled ten ways to celebrate this momentous occasion.
For the spectator…
If watching fireworks or light displays sounds like your idea of fun, these next few ideas will be the perfect way to round out Canada Day.
This Toronto landmark celebrates Canada day with a spectacular fireworks display and lightshow. The display begins promptly at 10:30 p.m. on July 1.
Toronto’s annual Redpath Waterfront Festival is the quintessential Canadian celebration. While this festival is celebrated annually, 2017 will be especially huge. A giant rubber duck, weighing over 30,000 pounds and measuring over six stories tall, will makes its way into Toronto’s harbor on July 1 to commemorate Canada Day.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, the Jacques Cartier Bridge is illuminated nightly. The colors change in accordance with the seasons and energy of the city. This signature is a tribute to the iconic bridge, which shapes Montreal’s urban landscape. We’ve got you covered on how to celebrate Montreal’s 375th.
For the most patriotic display of all, head to Canada’s capital for a magnificent fireworks show. Beginning promptly at 11:00 p.m., the display will be the largest the Capital Region has ever seen. The fireworks will be launched from five different locations and the 20-minute 17-second show will ignite the sky.
For the foodie…
Take a bite out of Canada 150.
From July 7-22, take your celebration to new heights at Ottawa’s Sky Lounge, a dining experience that sits 150 feet in the air. Delight in amazing culinary creations and breathtaking views of Canada’s capital. Book your tickets ahead of time, as this once-in-a-lifetime experience is sure to sell out.
Residents of Ottawa will experience a first this year: an interprovincial picnic on the Alexandra Bridge. While this incredible event is already sold out, we would be remiss not to mention it. The Royal Alexandra Bridge will be transformed into a lush green oasis for residents of Ottawa to celebrate Canada 150. For one day only, July 2, Canadians can celebrate Canada 150 with the most spectacular views of the Ottawa River.
The natural Canadian beauty of the town of Banff comes together with Canada’s most famous export: maple syrup. Banff celebrates Canada Day each year by starting the day with a pancake breakfast. The event kicks off a day full of celebrations including a parade, performances from local musicians and ending with a celebratory fireworks show.
For the adventurer…
Travel outside your comfort zone to celebrate this Canadian milestone.
8. Gathering of Canoes
Witness a traditional landing of the “Pulling Together Canoe Journey” in Vancouver. Thirty canoes, with First Nations, public service agencies and even youth paddlers, will ask permission to come ashore on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Following the landing, enjoy an afternoon feast and celebration.
Get a running start on Canada Day by joining Canada’s Ultramarathon – a 150 mile journey from Winnipeg River at Great Falls to the southeast end of Falcon Lake. This epic marathon is a one time event in celebration of Canada 150. Not up to the 150-mile trek? Grab two friends and join the relay.
Celebrate Canada 150 at the stunning Niagara Falls Canada. Niagara Falls is having a three-day extravaganza (June 30 – July 2) to mark the holiday. From live performances, to birthday cake, to fireworks, Niagara Falls will have every quintessential delight for this special celebration. Wondering where to stay? The Omni King Edward Hotel is offering a special Niagara Falls Package. With transportation to and from the falls included, you can leave all the planning to us.
Where to Stay
The Omni King Edward Hotel is a gem in Toronto’s crown. Conveniently located, you’ll be just steps away from the financial, entertainment and shopping districts, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Sony Centre, The Distillery District, Eaton Centre and the St. Lawrence Farmers Market. You won’t want to miss the special Dominion afternoon tea to celebrate Canada 150!
Vancouver: Pan-Pacific Vancouver, a Global Hotel Alliance partner, is a downtown waterfront Vancouver hotel, offering panoramic vistas of the harbour, mountains, Stanley Park and the city skyline. This waterfront location is ideal for taking in the sights of the city and celebrating Canada 150.
Located downtown on the elegant Sherbrooke Street West near McGill University, the luxurious Hotel Omni Mont-Royal dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. 2017 is an important year for Montreal: the city turns 375! Discover all there is to do during Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebration. Book our special Montreal 375 package and receive valet parking, metro passes and more!