TORONTO - Conducting counter-terrorism and marine security operations on open waters thousands of kilometres from home won't stop those on board the HMCS Charlottetown from celebrating Canada Day.
From troops in the Middle East to musicians in England, Canadians abroad are going the extra mile to feel close to home on the nation's birthday.
Canadian Forces members overseas said the holiday makes them feel a bit more homesick than usual, but they take solace in the fact that they are in the company of other Canadians.
"It eases some of the homesickness...but there really is nothing like being home in Ottawa for Canada Day," Sub-Lt. Marsalie Mackenzie said from onboard the HMCS Charlottetown frigate in the Arabian Sea.
"There is some solidarity here with everybody being Canadian, and obviously with the job we do there is that sense of pride."
Mackenzie usually spends Canada Day watching her father play in the Air Force band on Parliament Hill. This year, she and 250 other sailors onboard the HMCS Charlottetown will cap off their patrols by marking July 1 at sea.
"To celebrate we're going to have a flight deck barbecue and the heads of our departments are going to be serving up some hamburgers, french fries and a flight deck movie," she said.
Meanwhile, the 150 Canadian Forces stationed at Camp Phoenix in Kabul have some interesting activities planned — including an armoured-SUV rope-pull.
"We're on a camp with another 3,000 troops from different countries, so we're showing our Canadian spirit to everybody here," master warrant officer Bruno Cyr said from Kabul, adding that troops will also be given a couple of cold beers.
"We haven't drank any beer for four months, so it will be nice to have two good Canadian beers."
Across the pond, a Canada Day celebration in London's Trafalgar Square is bringing together some top Canadian musicians and thousands of expatriates living in England.
Jeremy Taggart, drummer for Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace, says it's not the first time the group is on tour on Canada Day, but it doesn't stop them from celebrating.
"I think we'll just appreciate Canada Day in London with the thousands of others leading the charge," he said. "It makes you feel great because it's a little slice of how things are at home."
Jacob Hoggard, the front man for Canadian rockers Hedley, said it will be the band's first time performing in London and they will bring a lot of Canadian pride to the stage.
"We're looking forward to it a lot, it's going to be really fun to be playing for a lot of fellow Canadians," he said from Montreal.
Hoggard added that if he wasn't performing in London, he would be attending a friend's Canada Day house-demolishing party in Montreal.
"I would've been there with my chainsaw cutting down holes in his wall."
Halifax-based indie rocker Rich Aucoin said the London concert will be much more interesting than his usual Canada Day plans of barbecuing with friends.
"This is probably going to be the biggest Canada Day celebration of my life funnily enough, even though it's going to take place outside of Canada," he said.
"I feel like being surrounded by a few thousand other Canadians will make it ironically more Canadian than me being on somebody's back deck with a handful of people."
Canada Day Abroad
It's nice to be home on Canada's birthday. But being home isn't always possible. It doesn't matter where you happen to be this year, you can celebrate Canada Day anywhere. This is our list of 10 of the best places in the world to be on July 1st. <strong><a href="http://www.travelocity.ca/ca" target="_hplink">Travelocity Canada</a> provided the content for this gallery.</strong>
London, UK -- Trafalgar Square
Canada Day in Trafalgar Square - A 12-hour long festival that includes a street hockey tournament, a Canadian concert and cooking demonstrations - our friends across the pond may very well host the best Canada Day party outside Canada. Canadians looking for something more low key can wander over to the <a href="http://www.coventgardenlife.com/places.asp?PlaceID=72" target="_hplink">Maple Leaf Pub in Covent Garden</a> to enjoy a pint of Molson and some Canadian fare.
Re: Canada Day street hockey at Trafalgar Square in London wed pm on July 1
video uploaded from my mobile phone
Sydney, Australia -- Subway Stations
Travellers that find themselves in the land-down-under this Canada Day can pop by any city subway station and grab an old fashion Beaver Tail! Yes, that's right, Aussies set up Beaver Tail shacks to celebrate alongside their Canadian counterparts!
Houston, Texas -- Maple Leaf Pub
Texans sure know how to celebrate - Canadian style! Free BBQ and a ball hockey tournament all await visitors to this <a href="http://www.themapleleafpub.com/" target="_hplink">Houston pub</a>. All that's left to do is show up proudly sporting your Canadian colours.
Itaewon, South Korea - Rocky Mountain Tavern
<strong>Pictured: Emperor palace at Seoul, South Korea:</strong> Even 6,604 miles away, our Red and Whites are proudly waved! Check out the <a href="http://www.rockymountaintavern.com/About.html" target="_hplink">Rocky Mountain Tavern</a> for Canadian brews and watch our national game on the big screens - just like back home!
Paris, France - The Great Canadian Pub
In true Canadian fashion, <a href="http://www.tgcparis.com/" target="_hplink">this pub hosts a Monday night wings night</a>! Grab a Molson Canadian and even purchase some Canadian sports paraphernalia to show off your maple leaf pride.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - Ontario
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this <a href="http://nymag.com/listings/bar/ontario-bar/" target="_hplink">cabin-like pub</a> is complete with deer heads and a projector playingTrailer Park Boys episodes. If that's not enough to bring out your inner Canadian, this pub also has a jukebox dedicated to Canadian artists.
Redondo Beach, CA - Redondo Beach Café
These ex-pats are famous for their <a href="http://www.redondobeachcafe.com/" target="_hplink">Canadian infused café</a>. With hockey viewing parties, Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, poutine and Tim Horton's coffee, what could be better than celebrating Canada Day on the beach?
NHL.com's The Hockey Show - Featuring The Redondo Beach Cafe
This video is hosted by our LA King's Heidi Androl Check out the NHL.coms video segment on The Hockey Show featuring the Redondo Beach Café. The segment is hosted by our LA Kings Queen of Hockey, Heidi Androl. www.redondobeachcafe.com
Mazatlan, Mexico -- The Saloon
<a href="http://www.thesaloonmazatlan.com/" target="_hplink">Canadian owners bring the great white north to Mexico</a>, complete with big screen TVs broadcasting NHL games and serving a Canadian favorite - sweet potato fries.
La Adrada, Spain - Canada Bar
With Canadian paraphernalia on the walls and a wide selection of Canadian beer, this bar lets you celebrate Canada Day with Spanish flair!