Guide to spending Canada Day in Ottawa, Ontario

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Canada Day (Fete du Canada in French) is the national day of Canada and is a federal statutory holiday.  It is often referred to informally as “Canada’s birthday.”

You’ll be in the heart of Ottawa’s Canada Day celebration at LeBreton Flats Park.  Get a front row seat to the daytime ceremony, the Royal Canadian Air Force Centennial flypast, the evening show and Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks.

Events at LeBreton Flats Park

On the Dance Floor

9 am to 7 pm

See dance performances and maybe learn a few steps.

Big Foot Soccer

Two teams play soccer with giant shoes and a giant soccer ball.  Laughter and fun are guaranteed!

9 am to 7 pm

The Loop

DJ Kleancut will host an interactive workshop on the art of DJing.  Learn how to use a DJ’s equipment.

9 am to 7 pm

16 Foot Giant Guitar Slide 

Celebrate music and slide!

9 am to 7 pm

CF-18 Hornet Cockpit Experience      

An immersive cockpit experience, you’ll sit inside a CF-18 fighter jet cockpit.

9 am to 7 pm


Play Super Smash Bros Ultimate or F1 Sim Racing & Flight Simulators.  Or watch teams play in the Canada Day Invitational featuring the Rocket League.

9 am to 7 pm

Giant Bubbles

Play with Giant Bubbles.

9 am to 7 pm

Make Over Studio

Treat yourself to a make over.

9 am to 7 pm

Medicine Wheel Bracelet Making 

Beading together is medicine.  Leave with a Medicine Wheel Bracelet abd a new way of experiencing life through the Indigenous lens of the Medicine Wheel.

9 am to 7 pm

Interactive Gogo SqueeZ Games

Play interactive Gogo SqueeZ Games, win cool prizes and get some delicious free samples (while supplies last).

9 am to 5:30 pm

Ottawa Senators Activation Zone 

Meet the Ottawa Senators Street Team, take part in family friendly activities and win prizes, including a signed Senators jersey.

9 am to 5:30 pm

GoodLife Fitness

Have a chance to win $10,000 of personal training plus 2 one year memberships.

9 am to 5 pm

 Tim Hortons Summer Fun Games 

Charge up your phone and get great photos at the Tim Hortons photo booth.

9 am to 5 pm

Canada Day’s Daytime Ceremony

The ceremony will begin with a moment of Indigenous reflection.  In the run up to the Olympics, it will feature Ottawa athletes.  See artist Marie-Mai on stage.  Admire the RCAF ceremonial flypast.  This will be broadcast on Radio-Canada and CBC platforms.    

12 pm to 1:30 pm

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Centennial Flypast

This will be a really impressive demonstration in the skies over Ottawa.

1 pm to 1:15 pm

Outdoor Screening of Short Films 

Enjoy a captivating selection of short films by Canadian artists.  Discover the best of the Canadians short films.

5 pm to 6:45 pm

Evening Show Canada Day Feel The Rhythm!

A two hour concert will be hosted by Isabelle Racicot.  A variety of popular and emerging artists will share the stage.  You can hear this show on Radio Canada and CBC platforms.

8 pm to 10 pm

Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks

This colorful display can be enjoyed from many locations in Ottawa.

10 pm to 10:15 pm

What to Wear

Many people display their Canadian pride on Canada Day by dressing up in the nation’s colors of red and white.  You can find some great possibilities here.

Visiting Ottawa

If you’d like to visit Ottawa for the Canada Day celebration, you should consider these hotels.  You can find some great deals here and discounted rates as low as $58 per night.

Ottawa is well known for its delicious cuisine.  Its residents’ favorites include Maple Bacon Donuts, Poutine, Beaver Tails, Pancake Battered Bacon and more.  While you’re in the city, you should enjoy Ottawa’s diverse culinary scene.  Try dining at one of the following restaurants that were rated the Best Restaurants in Ottawa by the users of TripAdvisor.

  1. Chez Fatima
  2. Aperitiva
  3. Gezellig
  4. Absinthe
  5. L’Oree Du Bois
  6. La Bottega Nicastro
  7. Hunter’s Public House Restaurant
  8. Cumberland Pizza
  9. Sansotai Ramen
  10. 1 Elgin

If you enjoyed Ottawa cuisine and would like to learn more about cooking Ottawans’ favorites, try these cookbooks.  You can use the links to see how you can save money on them.