How to Celebrate Canada Day like a true Ottawan

There's no better place to experience Canada Day festivities than in Ottawa, the nation's capital. From spectacular fireworks displays to lively concerts, family-friendly activities, and immersive cultural experiences, Ottawa pulls out all the stops for July 1st celebrations. Here's how to make the most of Canada Day in this vibrant city.


Enjoy the Fireworks Spectacle

Canada Day in Ottawa is only complete with a breathtaking fireworks display. Stake out a prime viewing spot at LeBreton Flats, the Portage Bridge or the Voyageurs Pathway on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. The show begins at 10pm, lighting up the night sky in a dazzling display of Canadian pride.


Attend the Festivities on Parliament Hill and LeBreton Flats

Ottawa hosts the largest and most iconic Canada Day celebrations as the nation's capital. Head to Parliament Hill or LeBreton Flats Park early to secure a spot on the lawn and enjoy the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) around 1pm for live commentary on this event. There will also be a Snowbirds demonstration from 4pm-4:30pm, pipes and drums concerts from 10am-10:30am or 1:45pm-2:15pm, and more!


Explore the Free Museum Offerings

Many of Ottawa's world-class museums, including the Canadian Museum of History, National Gallery of Canada, and Canada Aviation and Space Museum, offer free admission on Canada Day. Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in Canadian culture and history.


Check Out the ByWard Market

During Canada day weekend, stop by York Street at ByWard Market in Ottawa on June 28-July 1, 2024, from 12pm-8pm. There will be a three-day vintage shopping event, open-air dance parties, and delicious food! The Ooh Music, Arts & Streetwear Festival is teaming up with The Real Fly Market and SOLÉ for a one-of-a-kind pop culture and vintage apparel experience. This free, accessible outdoor event encourages shopping while enjoying live music, tasty bites, and lively dance parties.


Take Advantage of Free Public Transportation

Avoid the hassle of driving and parking by taking advantage of Ottawa's free public transit on Canada Day. The LRT and bus system will conveniently connect you to all the major celebration sites, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the festivities without worrying about traffic or road closures.


As you gear up to celebrate Canada Day like a true Ottawan, remember to embrace the vibrant spirit of our capital city. Whether you're enjoying the fireworks, indulging in local delicacies at ByWard Market, or immersing yourself in cultural festivities across the city, let your Canadian pride shine bright. From live music to family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. For those looking for a long weekend retreat to enjoy Ottawa's Canada Day celebrations, reStays hotel offers an unbeatable location right in the heart of downtown, a short distance away from the main festivities.


Canada Day in Lebreton Flats celebration photo credit: @OttawaTourism