2017 Canada Day Activities in the Ottawa Area

I’ve prepared a list of all the community/regional activities in Ottawa for Canada Day! I’m going to include as many locations as possible, so if I miss something, please let me know! This information is subject to change so please take a look at the sponsor’s website for any changes. There are various activities at each of the events including mid-way rides, concerts, fireworks and other family friendly events so please look at each when deciding what to do for the weekend! Have a great Canada Day!!!


Location: Clark Field, Barrhaven

Time:     June 29th: 11:00am – 10:30pm

June 30th: 11:00am – 11:00pm

July 1st: 8:00am – 11:00pm

July 2nd: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Website: http://canadadaybarrhaven.ca/

Details:  Canada Day Barrhaven Inc. is very excited for this year’s edition of Mattamy Homes Canada Day in Barrhaven celebrating this great country’s 150th Anniversary. Canada Day Barrhaven Inc. is a partnership of local Community Associations, Business members, City of Ottawa Councillors, Service Groups, Churches and Youth Groups that are dedicated and committed to bringing the best Canada Day in Barrhaven celebration to our community at Clark Fields.

Our great event could not take place without the support of our title sponsor Mattamy Homes, grants from Heritage Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, donations from various community/business and of course our over 100 volunteers that come out each and every year. Our Kidz Zone has a free Kidz Zone Activity Area with games for children of all ages and a Kidz Zone Stage with many young child friendly acts. Our 4 day midway held from June 29 to July 2 has lots of games, food and amusement. We will also introduce a NEW Kidz Zone Gym area. An essential portion of our activities incorporates multi-cultural expression in song and dance, language and dress, bringing together the various ethnic and religious persuasions represented in our diverse community on our Multi-Cultural Stage. As our community becomes so much more diverse culturally we want to bring in even more multi-cultural activities, to partner with this we will be offering cuisines from the many different cultures.

On our Main Stage, before our main acts perform, we will have a parade of Territorial, Provincial and Canadian Flags carried by people from different cultures, the singing of our National Anthem, official remarks from Federal, Provincial and municipal elected officials. Our master of ceremony duties will be performed in both official languages and where feasible promotion and advertising will incorporate both official languages. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music which always amazes people of all ages.

NEW for 2017 we will have Classic Car Show and some great bands on stage from 5pm to 10pm on Friday June 30th for a pre-Canada Day Celebration. On July 1st we will have a Seniors breakfast starting at 8:00am sponsored by V!VA Retirement Community and Hosted by Jan Harder.


Location: Greely Community Centre

Times:   July 1st 2:00pm – 11:00pm

Website: http://www.greelycommunity.org/content/canada-day-greely

Details: Canada Day in Greely this year starts off at 2pm with a great line up of events.

  • Perth Brewery Beer (cost) and Wine(cost) Tent featuring live music all day from Spencer Scharf 2:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Trolley Rides – 6pm – 8pm
  • Live Music by Retrosonics – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Firefighters Demonstration – 7:00pm
  • Pony Rides for the Kids;
  • Bouncy Castle;
  • BBQ – Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Drinks;
  • Greely Idol Singers – 9:00pm
  • Fireworks – 10:00pm


Location: Walter Baker Park, off Terry Fox Drive

Times:   June 30th 2:00pm – 11:00pm

July 1st 8:00am – 11:00pm

Website: http://www.canadadayinkanata.com/

Details: Program Guide found here: The Glenview Homes Canada Day in Kanata Celebration is one of the largest community events in Ottawa region. In conjunction with Ottawa 2017 and Canada 150 Canada Day in Kanata will have 2 full days of programming for all ages. Come join us at Walter Baker Park off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata to celebrate this significant community event. The best part, admission is free!


North Grenville

Location: Riverside Park (Kemptville), Maplewood Park (Oxford Mills)

Times:   July 1st 10:30am – 11:00pm

Website: https://www.northgrenville.ca/play/festivals-attractions/canada-day

Details: In addition to the parade, there will be plenty of activities for all ages at Riverside Park. Beginning with breakfast at the Kemptville Legion, the day will include face painting, organized games, live music all day, swimming at the Kemptville Pool, sports clinics, dance and fitness demonstrations, the annual Keller Williams Charity Volleyball Tournament, a dog agility show, a street curling rink, the Southgate Church inflatable, Big Sky Ranch, food and market vendors, the Save-Way Driving School Teen Zone Gravel Jam, and the grand finale fireworks show at dusk (around 10pm).


Location: Petrie Island

Time:     July 1st 11:00am – 11:00pm

Website: http://www.orleanskiwanis.ca/CanadaDay/

Details: Canada Day celebrations are returning to Petrie Island for 2017 in honour of our nation’s 150th anniversary.  Featuring three days of BBQ and beachfront entertainment, Canada D’Eh! Fest offers a full weekend of family fun. The Kiwanis Club of Orléans and countless community partners have put together a great weekend at the beach, including ongoing live music, family-friendly activities, lots of food and drinks, as well as Orléans’ biggest fireworks show ever. The Orléans School of Rock entertainment lineup features local and national talent, including Orléans’ own Canadian Idol star “Steffi D” and headliner Tribe Royal. Celebrations begin Friday, June 30th at 4:00pm, continuing through Saturday from 11:00am and conclude Sunday night. Free shuttle service on Canada Day will depart from Trim & 174 Park and Ride.


Location: Osgoode Main Street

Time:     July 1st 2:00pm – 11:00pm

Website: https://www.osgoodevillage.com/?event=canada-day 

Details: The Osgoode Village Community Association Canada Day Committee has been busy planning what it hopes will be another fantastic Canada Day celebration in Osgoode. There will be many activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a dog agility show, children’s activities, fireworks, and more! Come spend July 1st in the Village amongst your family, friends, and neighbours – why go anywhere else? Check the website for full schedule of activities.

Donations are being accepted at many retail locations around the village. Donations will go to offset the costs of the fireworks, stage shows, children’s activities. We appreciate your help in supporting this community initiative!

Parliament Hill

Location: The party takes place in three locations, Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, and the Canadian Museum of History. I sent out a post for a list of all the acts for the 1st and 2nd that you can read here: https://covertottawaguy.com/2017/06/02/announcement-canada-day-on-the-hill-wow/

Time:     June 30th 9:00am – 11:00pm (see website for locations/schedule)

July 1st 9:00am – 11:30pm (see website for locations/schedule)

July 2nd (WE Day) 9:00am – 9:00pm (see website for locations/schedule)

Website: There are many websites, here is the Ottawa Tourism site: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/canada-day/

Details: Don’t miss the biggest Canada Day party ever in Ottawa as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation over the entire long weekend, June 30 to July 2! Three official sites will feature programming over the three days, including live entertainment by a range of Canadian artists, as well as the largest Canada Day pyrotechnic show ever which will be taking place around 11:00 p.m. on the evening of July 1! And yes, it’s all free!

The three official sites are:

Parliament Hill: The centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape, the political and cultural heart of the city, and the main site for Canada Day festivities.

Major’s Hill Park: This beautiful green space is conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from Parliament Hill, between the Fairmont Château Laurier and the National Gallery of Canada, and near the ByWard Market neighbourhood.

Canadian Museum of History: Enjoy indoor and outdoor live entertainment at Canada’s most visited museum, conveniently located in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the Ottawa River from other official Canada Day sites.

Riverside South/Findlay Creek

Location: Claudette Cain Park

Time: 10:00am – 11:00pm

Website: https://www.snapuptickets.com/events/detail/riverside-south-canada-day-celebration-2017

Details: Looking for something family friendly to do on Canada Day? For only $10 per child (age 3-12), from 10am-2pm you can enjoy 12 inflatables (including rock climbing and archery), petting zoo, laser tag, Zorbs, miniature train rides, mini golf, stage shows, face painting, balloons, cotton candy, BBQ, and so much more at the Riverside South Community Association’s Canada Day family fun day!!! Plus we have a professional fireworks show on in the evening co-presented with the Findlay Creek Community Association that can’t be missed! Interested in getting your kids in for free? Volunteer for one of our 2 hour shifts and you get free fun passes!


Location: Moulin Park

Time: 9:00am – 11:00pm

Website: http://www.rocklandevents.info/events/canada-day-festivities/

Details: Full day event at Moulin Park, Rockland including a pancake breakfast, inflatable games, face painting, community bands, a free swim courtesy of the YMCA/YWCA and of course, fireworks at 10:00pm. Live shows by Junkyard Symphony, Heloise Yelle, and The Rock Junkies.

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