Oh, Canada.

You’re turning 146 in a matter of days but you don’t look a month over 145 and that means it’s time to celebrate with cake, parades and, yes, fireworks.

After all, it just wouldn't be Canada Day without explosions. On Monday, July 1, 2013, locals and visitors alike with be able to gather at parks, beaches and backyards to watch as the night erupts in a shower of light that’ll paint the sky with colours that would make the Group of Seven jealous.

For our neighbours south of the border, Canada Day is very much like your Independence Day, it's the anniversary of when Canada formed a federation. For everyone else, Canada Day serves as a national holiday, meaning schools, banks, government offices, as well as stores and businesses will be closed. Tourists visiting Canada during this time will still be in luck, as tourist attractions such as shopping malls will be open, though on adjusted hours.

But really, if you’re going to be in Canada on July 1, why would you want to spend it inside a mall when you could be outside looking at these firework displays?

Did we miss a spot on this year’s list? Let us know in the comment section below or on Twitter @HPCaTravel

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  • Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta

    If you find yourself in Edmonton on July the 1st, the Alberta Legislature offers both visitors and locals a great display of the <a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/festivals_events/celebrate-canada-day-in-edmonton.aspx" target="_blank">Canada Day Fireworks Finale</a>. The show starts at 11 p.m. and is only accessible by those on foot. Watch some of last year's festivities <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl3L2mmnRFg" target="_blank">here</a>

  • Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Those who find themselves on the West Coast will want to check out <a href="http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/06/canada-day-fireworks-vancouver-2013/" target="_blank">Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks show</a>. The 30-minute show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. and can be seen in one of six places on the Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/biga888/" target="_blank">BigA888</a>

  • Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    Named after Canada's 13th Prime Minister, this park is a popular site for fireworks gazing, thanks to it's flat, open fields. This year's show will<a href="http://www.c95.com/events" target="_blank"> kick off at 10:40 p.m</a>. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10154402@N03/" target="_blank">Bruce Guenter</a>

  • Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario

    With <a href="https://www.canadaswonderland.com/things-to-do/live-entertainment" target="_blank">4000 explosions and a custom fireworks exclusive to the theme park</a>, thrill-seekers and patriots alike will be sure to find something to enjoy this Canada Day. The show is slated for 10: 00 p.m., weather permitting. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ontdesign/" target="_blank">Oleg Tovologuine</a> LINK: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/things-to-do/live-entertainment

  • Saint John, New Brunswick

    Head down to the Boardwalk Stage if you're in Saint John for some funky fireworks. Seriously, there's <a href="http://www.sjcanadaday.ca/july-1st-events.html" target="_blank">a funk cover-band scheduled to perform before the 9:45 p.m. display</a>. Also, the fireworks will go rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/blapp/" target="_blank">bill lapp</a>

  • Westside Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Also part of the <a href="http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/06/canada-day-fireworks-vancouver-2013/" target="_blank">Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks show,</a> this location gives viewers in West Vancouver a prime spot to watch the fireworks go off. Can't make it to either locations? No worries as the show will also be broadcasted on television. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slaunay/" target="_blank">Sébastien Launay</a>

  • Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

    It just wouldn't be Canada Day without a trip to the nation's capital. This year's festivities on Parliament Hill feature a 10 p.m. show of <a href="http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/celebrate/canada-day/fireworks" target="_blank">fireworks, artillery shells and special effects</a>. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/xiaozhuli/" target="_blank">Zhu</a>

  • The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    While the fireworks can be seen all around Winnipeg's premier meeting space, there's also a special tour that lets those in the park to see the fireworks from the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Tours depart around 10:30 p.m. and<a href="http://www.theforks.com/events/calendar-of-events/date:2013-07#event_1681_20130701" target="_blank"> the fireworks kick off at 11 p.m.</a>, weather permitting. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajbatac/" target="_blank">AJ Batac </a> http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/07/01/mb-canada-day-winnipeg-photos.html

  • Victoria Park, Edmonton, Alberta

    Those nearby Victoria Park <a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/news/2013/celebrate-canada-day-2013-in-edmonton.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CityOfEdmontonNews+(City+of+Edmonton+%3A%3A+News)" target="_blank">can also get an excellent view of the river valley firework spectacle</a> if the Alberta Legislature isn't in the cards. Be sure to get their before the 11 p.m. start time to grab a good spot. To see a preview of last year's show, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D92TCvi5754" target="_blank">here</a>

  • Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Travellers and locals alike in Winnipeg will also want to check out the fireworks show in Assiniboine Park if the Forks isn't their thing. The show kicks off around 10:40 p.m. and if you've got a radio near by, you can tune into a location station for "<a href="http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/news-events/canad-day.php" target="_blank">an enhanced fireworks experiment</a>." To watch a sample of last year's show, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbATSsGKVQY" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario

    If you're looking for something unique this Canada Day, try Niagara Falls. The falls is pretty much the only location where fireworks are set <a href="http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/plan/fireworks/" target="_blank">against an illuminated curtain of water of regularly rotating colours</a>. The illumination starts at 9 p.m. and the fireworks an hour later. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51770069@N06/" target="_blank">Jeffrey Zhong</a>

  • Officer Square And Barracks Stage, Fredericton, New Brunswick

    At the Officer Square And Barracks Stage in Fredericton, you can have your cake and eat it too. The tradition of free cake continues this year as visitors can have some free cake while they watch the 20-minute fireworks display. Show <a href="http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/tourism/resources/2013CanadaDaySchedule.pdf" target="_blank">starts at 10:40 p.m.</a> and viewers are encouraged to come out early. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanninestamand/" target="_blank">Jeannine St. Amand</a> Fredericton (Officer Square/ Barracks Stage) -- http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/tourism/resources/2013CanadaDaySchedule.pdf

  • Selkirk Waterfront, Selkirk, Manitoba

    Travellers in Manitoba for Canada Day will want to head to Selkirk to take in one of the province's most anticipated fireworks displays. The free show is scheduled for 10:45 p.m. and last year, drew a crowd of 10,000 by the city's waterfront, located by the Red River.

  • Victoria Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    Canada's tiny island province is big on fireworks. This year's Summerfest, hosted in Charlottetown's Victoria Park <a href="http://www.discovercharlottetown.com/canadadaycelebrations/" target="_blank">kicks off at 10 p.m.</a> and caps off nearly 10 hours of Canada Day celebrations. To watch a snippet of last year's show, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyfcfiLi4WM" target="_blank">here</a>

  • Confederation Hill, Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

    Not sure where to go this year to watch fireworks in St. John's? Well, you've got three solid options: Confederation Hill, Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi Lake. This year's show is expected to start at <a href="http://www.stjohns.ca/sites/default/files/files/publication/Canada%20Day%20Brochure2013.pdf" target="_blank">10 p.m. </a> Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3wy/" target="_blank">John Whittle</a>

  • Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, Ontario

    It's one of Toronto's<a href="http://www.torontoharbour.com/canada-day-fireworks-ashbridges-bay.php" target="_blank"> most beloved spots to watch fireworks</a> and for good reason. Few places in he city combine sky, sand and water to make for such a picturesque spot for fireworks. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/" target="_blank">Sam Javanrouh</a>

  • Dartmouth Crossing, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    There's not just one, but two fireworks shows in the city of Halifax for Canada Day, though only one actually falls on July 1. If you missed the June 29 kick off show, <a href="http://hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php" target="_blank">then head to Dartmouth Crossing around 10 p.m.</a> for one last look. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolebratt/" target="_blank">Nicole Bratt </a> http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/112783-canada-day-celebrations-across-nova-scotia http://hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php

  • Old Port, Montreal, Quebec

    Watch as the sky and water of Montreal's Old Port light up in an intense 8-minute fireworks show. This year's show is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. and will go regardless of the weather. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatineaujoe/" target="_blank">Joe</a>

  • Riverfront Park, Moncton, New Brunswick

    Those in the city of Moncton can grab a prime spot for fireworks at the Riverfront Park for the city's Whoa Canada! Celebrations. Show starts at 10 p.m. and is free for all. Photo Credit:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robdurdle/" target="_blank"> Rob Durdle</a>

  • Victoria Inner Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia

    This year's fireworks display at Victoria's Inner Harbour will cap off a two-day festival. Viewers will want to<a href="http://victoriacanadaday.ca/event-schedule/" target="_blank"> head to the main stage by 10:20 p.m.</a>to catch a glimpse of the explosions. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sprackett/3681229641/" target="_blank">Tony Sprackett</a>

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