Summer is always a joyous occasion in Canada, as it is a well-earned reprieve from the 4-10 months of winter weather that afflicts this country every year.
However, the 1st of July has taken on a special meaning in 2017, as it marks 150 years since an act of British Parliament made this country into a sovereign nation.
Want to help them celebrate this noteworthy birthday? In this article, we’ll share a few ideas how you can share in the special vibe that is circulating north of the border over the next few months.
Go party on Parliament Hill
If you love a good shindig, you probably have your sights set on celebrating Canada’s 150th on Parliament Hill on July 1.
Those who manage to make it there will be in for a treat, as it will be filled with top of the line music acts, appearances by celebrities and dignitaries, and a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening.
While you are certain to have a good time, we suggest kicking your plans into high gear now, as rooms are filling fast.
Attend local gatherings
While some may want to attend the big blowout party in Ottawa, know that there are plenty of smaller gatherings in communities across the country if you are looking for something a bit tamer.
From small town to-dos in the park to more elaborate street parties in the bigger centres, there is an event out there that will fit your needs perfectly.
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Visit a national park
More of an outdoor person? Did you know that entry into Canadian national parks is free of charge in 2017?
The government announced this initiative last year as a way to encourage citizens to discover the natural beauty in their own backyard and to encourage foreign tourist visits.
With fees that cost approximately $20 per family per day now waived, there has never been a better time to visit the Canadian Rockies, watch the waves roll in near Tofino, or be amazed by the subtle scenery of lesser-heralded parks like Grasslands, Cape Breton Highlands, or Gros Morne National Park.
Be aware that most easily accessible parks (like Banff and Jasper) will be extremely busy in July and August, so if you can, plan your visit for June or September.
Hockey games and fall colours
Not able to get up to Canada this summer? No problem! Drop by in the fall, as there are plenty of amazing things to see and do during this lesser traveled season.
Starting in September, training camps and regular seasons begin for teams playing Canada’s national winter sport, from the NHL down through college and major junior teams.
Wherever you are in the country at this time, there is sure to be a hockey game going on, and with the local populace having been starved of their favorite game for months, the atmosphere is bound to be electric.
Additionally, with plenty of maple trees, the fall colours in September and October is a show-stopping affair throughout much of Eastern Canada.
Eastern Ontario (Haliburton Highlands), Southern Quebec (Eastern Townships), and Nova Scotia (Cape Breton Highlands) all boast routes where the leaf peeping is simply outstanding, allowing you to leave the hordes behind in New England to get the peace and quiet you deserve.