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Ottawa 2017

Happy Canada Day!


canada-day-festivities-credit-ottawa-tourismCanada Day comes each July 1 and nobody celebrates like Ottawa!

Hundreds of thousands of people congregate on Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau — the official sites — as well as in downtown neighbourhoods such as the ByWard Market and Downtown Rideau.

Everyone dresses in red and white, paints their faces and otherwise celebrates the joy of being Canadian! It’s a real party day.

There’s a fun run first thing in the morning, a carillon concert on Parliament Hill, the Changing the Guard ceremony, the RCMP Musical Ride show, then a noon-hour show with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip! The aerial acrobats from Canada’s air force, the Snowbirds, will also do a fly-past.

The party continues all afternoon and into the evening show with the Barenaked Ladies and many other performers. It’s all capped off by a huge fireworks show just after 10pm!

There’s no better place to celebrate Canada Day than in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.


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