Canada Day weekend is fast approaching and with so many activities popping up, it can be hard to figure out what to do to celebrate. Whether you prefer just watching fireworks or you want to explore Canadian culture, check out our list of unique and family friendly activities happening on July 1st in Ottawa!
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6. Canada Museum of Nature
Want to take in some Canadian culture this Canada Day? The Canadian Museum of Nature is free on July 1st. Take your kids to explore Canada through the natural exhibits featured at the museum. Take the chance to look at fossils, birds, and other elements of Canadian nature for free.
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5. Canada Day Road Races
For a family that is into exercise, the Scotiabank Canada Day Road Race can be a great way to spend the day together, take in Ottawa’s beauty, and go for a run. This run is an annual tradition that ties in with Kanata’s Canada Day celebrations. There are different courses that can be run and two separate races for kids. Run into Canada Day!
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4. TD Jazz Festival Ottawa
Looking for some cultured entertainment this weekend? Look no further than the TD Jazz Festival in Ottawa. Featuring jazz performers of all kinds, the jazz festival is guaranteed to provide endless hours of entertainment and musical exploration.
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3. RCMP Musical Rides
Ending on June 30 for the season, the RCMP Musical Ride is an iconic Canadian tradition that you don’t want to miss. Along with choreographed horse riding by the RCMP, the ceremony features a flag lowering ceremony at sunset and a variety of other activities. To capture those sunset photos with your camera can be tricky and we recommend our Night Photography class to help you. Definitely check out the RCMP Musical Ride to kick off that feeling of patriotic pride.
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2. Major’s Hill Park
Looking for family friendly activities this Canada Day? Major’s Hill Park is the place to go. Face painting, a variety of live performances, and several cultural demonstrations will make Major’s Hill Park the place to be on July 1st.
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1. Parliament Hill
An oldie but a goodie, Parliament Hill dazzles with fireworks and musical performances to showcase the beauty and pride of Canada. With official ceremonies such as the changing of the guard, a concert featuring the Peace Tower bells, and a demonstration by the Snowbirds Demo Team, Canada Day on Parliament Hill is not an experience you want to miss.
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