Whether you’re from Vancouver, Halifax, or Toronto, you need to reconsider attending any ordinary festivals and start looking at festivals with extraordinary features – such as these:
1. Canada Day in the Capital (Ottawa, Ontario)
Wave your flags and liberate yourselves at Canada Day in the Capital, with locations widely dispersed over the lawns of Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques Cartier Park and on the closed streets of downtown. Not only will you witness performances by Carly Rae Jepson, Terri Clark, and Metric; you can catch the noon concert at Parliament Hill and experience a cameo by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield! Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies will reportedly team up with him, and they are both slated to sing their song ‘I.S.S.’ (Is Somebody Singing). What more do you want? Check out more info here.
2. Grouse Mountain’s Lumberjack Show (Vancouver, British Columbia)
In lustruous Vancouver, a down-and-dirty lumberjack program struggles to toughen the city’s exterior. This Canada Day, the Grouse Mountain’s Lumberjack Show will exhibit a bevy of champion performers demonstrating their chops atop Grouse Mountain. One outdoor set displays two logging camps from the early 1900s, where Johnny Nelson from the Green River logging camp will be set to challenge opponents Willie McGee from Blue Mountain to prove the most worthy lumberjack. Prepare for an adrelaine-filled 45 minutes, consisting of log rolling, a 60-foot tree climb, two-man peg, raker saws, axe throwing, and an exhilirating springboard chop. This is the only three-board event in North America. Make a point of arrival here.
3. Canada Day at Dartmouth Crossings (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Dartmouth Crossings upholds the pleasure and honour of introducing one of 2013’s most anticipated Canada Day soirees. Activities will proceed at multiple locations throughout Halifax and Dartmouth. Take note: you can indulge in a scrumptious pancake breakfast and then a visually enticing Royal Nova Scotial international tattoo parade in downtown Halifax from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The parade commences on Sackville Street and resumes until Metro Centre. A free concert will also occur at Alderney Landing, which will feature musicians like Tim Chaisson, Soho Ghetto and The Town Heroes. If fireworks at Halifax Harbour don’t tickle your fancy, then perhaps you can explore your adventurous side and participate in a bear watch. Or if meeting bears up-close-and-personal strikes a nerve, then you can try a hand at white water rafting and/or ride in a hot air balloon. View more info here.
4. Vaughan Celebrates Canada Day (Vaughan, Ontario)
While this event only lasts from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., its itinerary will be jam-packed and well compensate over lack of time. Vaughan Celebrates will host a Zip Line attraction (how many Canada Day events do you know can pull that off?) and an Inflatable (rides) Zone. If you need music to move you, then stay awhile and appreciate the musical stylings of These Kids Wear Crowns, Mia Martina and Aleesia. Find out more here.
5. Canada Day at Queen’s Park (Toronto, Ontario)
What’s more to say than free admission and a time frame from noon to 5 pm? 10 words: Inflatable rides, tallest hockey player, ostriches, video arcade, sky dancers. Hook it up! Get all the info here.