Best Places to Visit on Canada Day

Well, it is that time of year again. A time to feel patriotic and travel around the country celebrating Canada Day. If you have already made your plans, that is fine. The places I am going to be discussing in this blog are places that you can visit any time of the year. Perhaps, you will find one on the list that you can get a jump on booking a reservation for next Canada Day. Before I get too much into the locations, I am going to discuss the history of Canada Day for the people that are interested.

History of Canada Day

As most of you already know, Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st every year. However, did you know that it was originally called Dominion Day? Canada day marks the anniversary of Confederation in 1867 when the British North American Act (BNAA) came into effect. The British North American Act created the country of Canada with the original four provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. The celebration was called for in June 1868 by Governor-General Charles Stanley Monck for July 1st. While many did gather and celebrate that year, some did not. The reason was due to the uncertainty of the legal status of Dominion Day as a public holiday. That uncertainty was reinforced the following year as the House of Commons and Parliament debated its legality. It was not until 1879 that an agreement was made to recognize Dominion Day as a public holiday. It wasn’t until 1982 that Vaudreuil MP Hal Herbert suggested that the name be changed to Canada Day. The bill was quickly passed by the House of Commons and ratified by the Senate.

That is why every year on July 1st, Canadians all around the world gather with family and friends to celebrate the great country of Canada. I hope that you had a great time with your family and friends this year. However, it is time to switch to the topic at hand – where to go.

There are many places that are great to celebrate Canada Day. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your hometown. If you are looking to leave, however, I have a few places in mind that might be great for just such an occasion. Take a look at them and let me know what you think. Without any further ado, I present to you the best places to visit on Canada Day.

Ribfest in Toronto

Much like our neighbors to the South, we Canadians enjoy a hearty barbecue at our summer celebration parties. If you are not good at cooking on the barbecue or just simply want to take a year off from hosting an event, make sure that you head for Ribfest in Toronto. Here you will find all the finger-licking barbecue deliciousness that you could ever want. As an added bonus, you will get the opportunity to watch the fireworks nearby. Make sure that you pack a light jacket and something to protect your ears from the explosions. This all-night festival is one of the places that makes me feel proud to be a Canadian.

Burnaby Village Museum Near Vancouver

If you ever wanted to know what it was like around the time that Canada Day was first being celebrated, then you truly need to stop by this museum. It will take you back to around 1920. You will get to see how the people were living and what they were doing in what has been notoriously called, “The Roaring 20s.” You will also get to hear stories from Chinese Canadians who began to settle this country in the 1800s. You can visit Chinese medicine shops, a blacksmith, and play old fashion carnival games. It is a nice look into the past. If you ever wondered what it was like in the 1920s this is a fantastic place to go. In fact, I have been there on several occasions. I plan to go again with my family in a couple of years. It is nice for us to remember everything that people had to go through to come to this great land.

Lake Louise’s Polar Bear Dip in Banff

If there is one stereotype that prevails year after year, it is that Canadians all have a polar bear of their own. You know, like a pet polar bear. Well, the people of Lake Louise were determined to keep this myth going. They have organized a polar bear dip in Banff. Keep in mind, this has to do with the water temperature and not the polar bears themselves. They would not have you swimming with wild animals. You wouldn’t think that in July a lake would be too cold. However, Lake Louise is fed by a nearby mountain. The snow is still melting off the mountain in early July. This makes the water a little cold. Hence the name “polar bear dip.” It is supposed to simulate the water temperature that polar bears have to swim in. It is a very small price to pay when you have the Fairmont Chateau Hotel waiting for you with a place to get warm and dry off. The views around the area are the most stunning in all of Canada. I highly recommend that you book your room years in advance. That is how long it will take to get a reservation.

Montreal, Quebec

I am not going to single out a specific event in Montreal as they are all equally enjoyable. During this celebration, they have many festivals around the city. You are going to have to take more than one trip to Montreal to see them all. There simply are not enough hours in a single day to hit all the venues. I am, however, going to share with you my favourites. Make sure that you hit Music and BBQ festivals on the West Island, and Mtl en Arts open-air exhibition, and party in Old Port. To cap off the day, swing by Jaques-Cartier Bridge and take in the fireworks.

Conclusion Again, I hope that you had a great Canada Day. If you can think of any other places that I have missed, feel free to share them with me. I am not opposed to checking out any places that celebrate all things Canadian. Remember, when it comes to celebrating Canada Day, it is all about preparation. Make sure that you get your ducks in a row before it is too late!

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