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Canada Day Events: Parliament Hill

The celebrations organized in honour of Canada’s 147th birthday take place at three official sites—Parliament Hill and Major's Hill Park in Ottawa, and Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau—along with several partner sites.

Residents and visitors are invited to take part in a multitude of free daytime family activities and evening concerts, culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region at approximately 10 p.m.

This year, Canada Day activities will highlight important historical milestones, including the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, the end of the mission in Afghanistan, and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, as well as our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Official Sites

Parliament Hill (9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

The focal point for many Canadians on July 1 is Parliament Hill, with its pomp and pageantry. Residents and visitors are invited to gather early on the Hill for the celebrations.

9 a.m. Flag-Raising Ceremony (East Lawn) with National Anthem sung by Steeve Michaud (Que.)

9:30 a.m. Changing the Guard (East Lawn)

10 a.m. Carillon Concert by Roy Lee, guest Dominion Carillonneur

12 p.m. Canada Day Noon Show Spectators will be thrilled by Canada’s Snowbirds and CF-18s. They can cheer on the performers and discover Canadian symbols and military traditions. This year’s show will be hosted by Jully Black (Ont.) and Isabelle Racicot (Que.) and will feature musical performances by:

  • Brett Kissel (Alberta) – Country
  • British Columbia Boys Choir (British Columbia) – Choral
  • Marianas Trench (British Columbia) – Pop rock, pop punk
  • Nadja (Quebec) – Pop, rhythm and blues
  • Serena Ryder (Ontario) – Folk rock, indie rock
  • Terry Kelly (Newfoundland and Labrador) accompanied on fiddle by Sierra Noble (Manitoba) – Country, folk
  • Véronic DiCaire (Ontario) – Impersonator

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Afternoon Program on the Lawns Swing Dancing (East Lawn) Visitors can enjoy 1930s- and 1940s-style swing dancing, with its spirit of joy and exuberance. An afternoon of high-energy acrobatic performances and dance workshops presented by Ottawa’s Swing Dynamite Dance School is planned.

Images of Afghanistan (West Lawn) A selection of photos from the last 100 days of the mission that demonstrates memorable events, milestones, and various aspects of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. One photo was tweeted by military personnel every day for 100 days starting on December 22, 2013, until the end of the mission on March 31, 2014. Presented by the Canadian Armed Forces.

7:30 p.m. Canada Day Evening Show Thousands of Canadians will gather on Parliament Hill to celebrate our nation’s birthday with performers from across the country. The Canada Day Evening Show will showcase:

  • Brett Kissel (Alberta) – Country
  • Daniel Lavoie (Manitoba) – French pop, folk, rock, jazz
  • Marianas Trench (British Columbia) – Pop rock, pop punk
  • Nadja (Quebec) – Pop, rhythm and blues
  • Serena Ryder (Ontario) – Folk rock, indie rock
  • Véronic DiCaire (Ontario) – Impersonator
  • Whitehorse (Ontario) – Folk rock DJ A-Rock and VJ Video Girl (Quebec)

The Canada Day Evening Show is sponsored by the Chicken Farmers of Canada, Manulife, President's Choice® and Bell Canada.

10 p.m. President’s Choice® Canada Day Fireworks A spectacular fireworks display will top off the festivities immediately following the Evening Show on Parliament Hill at about 10 p.m. The best views of the fireworks are from Jacques-Cartier Park and the Canadian Museum of History (both in Gatineau), as well as Major’s Hill Park (in Ottawa), Victoria Island, and along the Ottawa River.

Major’s Hill Park (10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.) The festivities at Major's Hill Park will feature a variety of cultural performances, displays, exhibits, and activities and will highlight the inspirational stories of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Athletes.

Bell Stage

Noon CBC Canada Day Songwriter Circle with performances by John MacPhee (P.E.I.), Sally Folk (Que.), Lauren Mann (Alta.), and Lynne Hanson (Ont.)

3:30 p.m. Conversations with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Athletes (Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee)

6:30 p.m. Evening Show at Major's Hill Park featuring:

  • Sally Folk (Que.) – Folk, pop, rock
  • Colin White (Ont.) - Electronic
  • Paper Lions (P.E.I.) – Pop, rock

Visitors to Major’s Hill Park will also have the opportunity to:

  • cheer on the Flying Canucks as they perform “big air” manoeuvres in a must-see elite freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and trampoline show;

  • learn about science and sports (Presented by GoodLife Fitness in collaboration with Scientists in Schools);

  • challenge themselves with interactive hockey games and parasport activities;

  • relive the memorable moments of Canada’s success at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games through an inspiring photo exhibit;

  • strike a pose in an Olympic boblsleigh or with Ceremonial Guards for a souvenir photo;

  • visit Clara’s Celebration Plaza and check out a cool and diverse collection of gifts, artifacts, and mementos from Clara Hughes’ Big Ride (Presented by Bell Canada);

  • participate in Zumba or the GoodLife Fitness Great Canadian Fitness Challenge (Presented by GoodLife Fitness);

  • enjoy the antics of buskers and musicians throughout the park: Yahou, Kumpa’nia, BAM Percussion and the Ottawa Stilt Union;

  • take a break at Chicken Corner—home of the 22nd Annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ and delicious cooking demonstrations (Hosted by Chicken Farmers of Canada);

  • ride the VIA Rail Miniature Train;

  • explore farm-fun activities for the whole family (Presented by Grain Farmers of Ontario);

  • discover the beauty of Canada’s national parks and historic sites (Presented by Parks Canada);

  • see through the lens of scientists in Canada’s Great North (Presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature in collaboration with Students on Ice and the Canadian Wildlife Service);

  • spin the wheel of trivia and test their national knowledge of our country’s history, geography, politics, and culture (Presented by Historica Canada); and try interactive games, face painting, and so much more!

Jacques-Cartier Park (10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.)

A variety of activities for families, in particular for children aged 3 to 12, will be hosted at Jacques-Cartier Park. The Canada Day fun includes games, physical activities, performances, inflatable slides, and special activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, which led to Canada’s Confederation. Visitors to this location will have the chance to:

  • be thrilled by a spectacular parachute demonstration by the SkyHawks at 11:30 a.m.;

  • marvel at a giant sand sculpture created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference that led to Canada’s Confederation (In collaboration with Festival Merveilles de sable de Gatineau);

  • create their own sand sculptures in sandboxes with various toys;

  • take part in transforming giant murals into colourful works of art to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences;

  • be amazed by the spectacular creatures of the Free-Flight Birds of Prey show;

  • leave their artistic mark on three collaborative public art projects inspired by the picnic table;

  • see what makes the winners of the 2014 Canada Day Challenge proud to be Canadian through art, photography, and creative writing;

  • laugh and sing along with the hosts of TV’s Mini-TFO—Josée, Louis, and Lexie—as they take to the stage to celebrate;

  • relive the olden days in a historical village with costumed characters, storytelling and traditional musicians;

  • learn how to protect Gatineau Park with the park’s conservation officers and interpreters;

  • and play cooperative games, bounce on inflatable games, have their face painted and more!

Main Stage Evening Show 7 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

  • Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk (Alberta) – Folk pop
  • Maxime Landry* (Quebec) – Folk pop

Other Sites

July 1 activities take place throughout the Capital Region. All day long, there will be free activities for revellers of all ages at most of the area’s national museums and institutions.

You can view a rundown of Canada Day events elsewhere in the Capital here.

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