Celebrate a Canada Day milestone in Montréal
Montréal joins a cross-country party this Canada Day, celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary with all kinds of free outdoor activities, from historical song and dance to a world-class fireworks display.
Canada for everyone
Just steps away from the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal, discover the many sides of Canada at the Canada Day Village. Throughout the day on July 1, games, workshops, music and performances (and a giant cake too!) take us through 150 years of history at the Old Port of Montréal's Carré Saint-Laurent. Meanwhile at Place des Festivals downtown, the Jazz Fest's open-air discotheque celebrates with Carly Rae Jepsen, Men Without Hats, Radio Radio and more at Place des Festivals at 9:30 p.m.
Canadian history and culture unfolds on stage in the Old Port from the opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. to the final firework overhead at 10:30 p.m. A noon-hour 21-cannon salute, swearing-in of new Canadians and the national anthem opens an afternoon of storytelling, artistic performances and even dance classes that illuminate the country's diversity. Charles Papasoff and his band and Coyote Bill close the day with more music, followed by a massive L’International des Feux Loto-Québec fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Each one of the Canada Day activities explores different parts of Canadian identity: Peacekeepers, Builders, Competitors, Innovators, Seafarers, Producers and Creators. Among the workshops, learn how to tie knots like pro, make a flag or build a glider. See military vehicles, the high-tech cars of ETS engineering school's SAE formula race project and the newest models from Racoon ski company. Watch a 3D exhibit of Hydro-Québec’s Robert-Bourassa Facility and a video of Canada's national parks. Or get competitive in a giant game of foosball!
Fun for kids
Even the Village's inflatable games for kids highlight aspects of Canadian identity: innovative thinking on the spatial combo; seafaring skills on the octopus slide; peacekeeping on the military race; building on the Thomas the tank engine; and competition in the labyrinth. Add to that the fun of Canada-themed temporary tattoos, face painting, and a farm animal enclosure with goats, lambs, geese and alpacas joining the party.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.
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