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Where To Celebrate Canada Day For Free Across The Country

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What do ketchup chips, Michael Cera, free health care and inflated cell phone plans have in common? They're all hallmarks of Canada and any proud Canadian will know that July 1st is Canada Day.

With most kids out of school and the weather looking lovely, there's no better way to spend time with your family and celebrate the birth of our glorious nation than to attend one of thousands of free events taking place across Canada.

If you want to spend a day outside instead of staying in to watch mesmerizing movies, be sure to visit the Government of Canada website to view a list of over 1300 events taking place across the country. We've done the heavy-lifting and listed a few events taking place in each province below.

Alberta

Banff, Assorted venues -- parade, live entertainment, fireworks
Banff, Cave and Basin National Historic Site -- free admission
Calgary, Assorted venues -- Aboriginal powwow, interactive displays, live entertainment, fireworks
Calgary, Bar U Ranch National Historic Site -- free admission
Edmonton, Art Gallery of Alberta -- free admission and art activities
Edmonton, City Hall -- live entertainment, craft workshops, giveaways, tours, chess tournament
Edmonton, Elk Island National Park -- free admission, live entertainment, cake
Edmonton, Mill Woods Park -- hay rides, petting zoo, live entertainment, fireworks
Jasper, Centennial Park -- parade, live entertainment, fireworks
Lethbridge, Galt Gardens -- live entertainment, family activities
Lethbridge, Westside Community Church -- free pancake breakfast
Peace River, Riverfront Park -- flag raising, parade, live entertainment, bouncy castles
Rocky Mountain House, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site -- free admission, family activities, fireworks
Waterton Park, Waterton Lakes National Park -- free admission, live entertainment, bike parade, cake

British Columbia

Burnaby, Edmonds Plaza & Park -- live entertainment, family activities
Coquitlam, Town Centre Park -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Fort Langley, Fort Langley National Historic Site -- free admission, cake, scavenger hunt
Kelowna, Waterfront Park -- cake, live entertainment, kids' activities
Penticton, Gyro Park -- cake, live entertainment
Richmond, Steveston Salmon Festival -- live entertainment, parade, arts shows, salmon-related festivities
Surrey, Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre -- live entertainment, science demos, bouncy castles, fireworks
Trail, Kiwanis Beaver Creek Park -- live entertainment, kids' activities, cake
Vancouver, Canada Place -- live entertainment, parade, fireworks
Vancouver, Granville Island -- parade, family activities, live entertainment
Vancouver, North Vancouver -- live entertainment, games, family activities
Victoria, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites -- free admission and cake
Victoria, Legislature Building -- live entertainment, free t-shirts (1500 available), fireworks
White Rock, The Bay -- live entertainment, kids' activities

Manitoba

St. Andrews, Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site -- free admission
Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park -- free admission, live entertainment, cake, fireworks
Winnipeg, Assiniboine Park -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Winnipeg, Luxton Community Centre -- live entertainment, petting zoo, cake, fireworks
Winnipeg, Shaw Park -- free t-shirts (2500 available), live flag photo, kids' activities
Winnipeg, The Forks -- live entertainment, kids' activities, fireworks

New Brunswick

Aulac, Fort Beauséjour-Fort Cumberland National Historic Site -- free admission, cake
Bathurst, Youghall Beach Park -- free cupcakes, kids' activities, free boat rides, live entertainment
Fredericton, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame -- free admission
Fredericton, Officers' Square -- live entertainment, kids' activities, cake, fireworks
Kouchibouguac, Kouchibouguac National Park -- free admission, cake
Moncton, Riverfront Park -- live entertainment, bike parade, kids' activities, fireworks
Sackville, Bill Johnstone Memorial Park -- live entertainment, kids' activities
Saint John, Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site -- free admission, giveaways, cake
Saint John, Market Square -- parade, family activities, free admission to New Brunswick Museum, free trolley rides

Newfoundland and Labrador

Corner Brook, Margaret Bowater Park -- live entertainment, kids' activities, fireworks
Gander, Cobb's Pond Rotary Park -- live entertainment, games
Harbour Grace, Francis Field -- live entertainment, bouncy castles, reptile show, cake, fireworks
St. John's, Confederation Hill -- live entertainment, kids' carnival, cultural showcase, fireworks

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, City Hall -- live entertainment, kids' activities, food vendors

Nova Scotia

Annapolis Royal, Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada -- free admission, family activities, cake
Baddeck, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site -- free admission
Bedford, DeWolf Park -- pancake breakfast, live entertainment, teddy bear party, fireworks
Cape Breton Island, Cape Breton Highlands National Park -- free admission, family activities, cake
Halifax, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site -- free admission, live entertainment, cake
Halifax, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site -- free admission, cupcakes
Halifax-Dartmouth, Citadel Hill -- pancake breakfast, live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Louisbourg, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site -- free admission
Port Royal, Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada -- free admission, live entertainment, cake

Nunavut

Iqaluit, AWG Arena and Nakasuk School -- pancake breakfast, parade, kids' activities

Ontario

Ajax, Ajax Downs -- live entertainment, kids' activities, fireworks
Barrie, Heritage Park -- live entertainment, face painting, wildlife displays
Brampton, Chinguacousy Park -- live entertainment, family activities, free transit shuttle, fireworks
Burlington, Spencer Smith Park -- live entertainment, kids' activities, dog show
Cambridge, Riverside Park -- parade, carnival, live wrestling, fireworks
Hamilton, Bayfront Park -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Hamilton, HMCS Haida National Historic Site -- free admission, family activities, cupcakes
Kanata, Walter Baker Park -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Kingston, Assorted venues -- parade, live entertainment, kids' activities
Kingston, Bellevue House National Historic Site -- free admission, historical demonstrations, cake
Leamington, Point Pelee National Park -- free admission, family activities
London, Harris Park -- live entertainment, cake, fireworks
London, South London Community Centre -- live entertainment, cake, inflatable rides, fireworks
Markham, Milne Dam Conservation Park -- parade, live entertainment, citizenship ceremony
Mississauga, Celebration Square -- live entertainment, fireworks
Newmarket, Newmarket Riverwalk Commons -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Niagara Falls, City Hall -- parade, live entertainment, free cake
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Fort George National Historic Site -- free admission, cannon firing, fireworks
North Bay, Waterfront Park -- cake, live entertainment, museum exhibit, sailboat regatta, fireworks
Oshawa, Lakeview Park -- live entertainment, midway, family activities
Ottawa, Canadian Museum of Natural History -- free admission, family activities
Ottawa, Laurier House National Historic Site -- free admission, family activities
Ottawa, Major's Hill Park -- live entertainment, family activities, food sampling
Ottawa, Ottawa Rowing Club -- family activities, free cake and lemonade
Ottawa, Parliament Hill -- live entertainment, fireworks
Prescott, Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada -- free admission, cannon firing, family activities
Sault Ste. Marie, Roberta Bondar Park Tent Pavilion -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Scarborough, Scarborough Museum -- live entertainment, pie eating contest, food sampling
St. Catharines, Rennie Park -- live entertainment, free cake pops, family activities, puppet kissing booth
Thousand Islands, Thousand Islands National Park -- free admission, kids' activities, cake
Toronto, Fort York -- live entertainment, kids' activities, mirror maze
Toronto, Harbourfront Centre -- live entertainment, history exhibit, fireworks
Toronto, Mel Lastman Square -- live entertainment, circus act, fireworks
Toronto, Queen's Park -- live entertainment, midway, craft workshops
Toronto, Woodbine Park -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Vaughan, Mackenzie Glen District Park -- live entertainment, kids' activities, free shuttle bus
Waterloo, University of Waterloo -- live entertainment, family activities
Whitby, Victoria Fields -- live entertainment, kids' activities, petting zoo, fireworks

Prince Edward Island

Cavendish, Green Gables Heritage Place -- free admission, cake
Charlottetown, Victoria Park -- live entertainment, cake, petting zoo, fireworks
Summerside, Green's Shore -- live entertainment, family activities, freebies, fireworks

Québec

Coteau-du-Lac, Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site -- free admission, kids' activities, cake
Gatineau, Parc Jacques-Cartier -- live entertainment, kids' activities, fireworks
Howick, Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site -- free admission, family activities, cake
Lévis, Lévis Forts National Historic Site -- free admission, fun fair, cake
Montréal, Old Port of Montréal -- live entertainment, cake, family activities, fireworks
Montréal, Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site -- free admission
Québec City, Dufferin Terrace and The Plains of Abraham -- live entertainment, family activities, fireworks
Saint-Ours, Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site -- free admission, family activities, cake
Sherbrooke, Parc Jacques-Cartier -- live entertainment, kids' activities, circus, fireworks
Trois-Rivières, Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site -- free admission, cake, unmentioned surprises
Ville-Marie, Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site -- free admission, historical demonstrations, cake and tea

Saskatchewan

Fort Saskatchewan, Legacy Park -- pancake breakfast, car show, parade, free cake
Moose Jaw, Crescent Park -- live entertainment, cake, fireworks
Prince Albert, Kinsmen Park -- live entertainment, kids' activities, fireworks
Prince Albert, Prince Albert National Park -- free admission, parade, cupcakes
Regina, Legislative Building -- pancake breakfast, live entertainment, strongman competition, fireworks
Saskatoon, Diefenbaker Park -- buffet breakfast, cake, live entertainment

Yukon

Dawson City, Assorted venues -- parade, cake, Gold Panning Championships
Whitehorse, Shipyards Park -- parade, kids' activities

Canada Day only happens once a year, so be sure to get out and celebrate! Drop a comment if you'll be attending any of the events listed or another celebratory patriotic festivity! Happy Canada Day!

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