Top 10 Canada Day Parties

It's Canada's B-Day and we're here to help you celebrate!

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Canada is turning 144 on July 1st, and not only will there be a bevy of awesome parties happening in cities across the country but the day will also be marked as part of the nine-day Canadian tour for Prince William and his new bride Kate.

Here are the top 10 Canada Day parties where you can let loose and truly celebrate being a Canuck.



There's no bigger bash for Canada Day than that at Parliament Hill in the capital region of Ottawa – the entire downtown core will be closed to cars as the streets swell with patriotic red-and-white-clad Canadians. In addition to all the royal hooplah surrounding the week as William and Kate stop off in Ottawa, performers at the Hill include Great Big Sea, Pierre Lapointe, and many more.



Head down to the Old Port and hang out all day (and evening), as the festivities will kick off around 11am and won't wrap up till midnight. There will be everything from motocross demonstrations and ski shows to activities for kids, outdoor food and fireworks.



With a start-time of 8pm at Mel Lastman Square, Toronto will play host to live shows by artists Ray Robinson and King Sunshine before a spectacular fireworks show. And admission is free.



The city of Calgary is putting on a grand fireworks display starting at 10:45pm, however there's a slew of other great events going on in and around Calgary before that, like a BBQ celebration at Prairie Wind Park and the East Village Street Fair.



From Granville Island's Canada Day parade to a massive party at Canada Place with five stages of live music, there's no shortage of great Vancouver celebrations to wish the country a happy 144th.



During the day wear your best red and white, enjoy a pancake breakfast, sing Oh Canada from the top of Citadel Hill, watch the Tattoo Parade and then enjoy a picnic on the Commons, and once the sun goes down attend the biggest free summer concert of the year featuring Juno nominees The Trews. Don't forget the fireworks at 10pm.



City Hall will play host to an array of activities from 11:30am to 4pm with live music, entertainment and indoor stage shows, while a spectacular fireworks display over Edmonton's river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River will cap off the night.


St. John's

Prince Philip Drive will be closed from 8am to 8pm while Confederation Hill will be the official site of St. John's, Newfoundland Canada Day festivities – they will not only wish the country a happy birthday but they also celebrate their own milestone – their 50th anniversary.



Celebrate Canada Day in downtown Moncton where April Wine will headline the biggest free party around. City Hall Plaza will also feature a colourful Kids' PlayZone with games and activities for youth, a variety of food vendors and lots of other family-friendly fun.



Charlottetown Summer Fest is going on all day long on Canada Day, and visitors can enjoy a range of activities and entertainment on the beautiful waterfront.