8 Ways to Make it an Unforgettable Canada Day in the Maritimes
Celebrate Canada’s birthday right here in the Maritimes with good friends, great views, and amazing activities.
Our country has a big day coming up. That’s right, it’s almost Canada’s 151st birthday! On July 1st, Canadians (and Canadians at heart) will celebrate the birth of this great nation. Whether you’re celebrating Canada Day in Halifax, Cape Breton, Saint John, Charlottetown, Yarmouth, or anywhere else across the Maritimes, there are plenty of activities taking place across our great region for people of all ages. If you’re ready to start planning a Canada Day in the Maritimes that you’ll never forget, here are eight great ideas to get you started.
Take a Ride on the Ferry
We might be biased, but in our opinion, there’s no better way to celebrate Canada Day than by taking a trip aboard The CAT, the mv Fundy Rose, the mv Confederation, or the mv Holiday Island. All of these boats will be on the water and ready to make your Canada Day a special one on July 1st. Grab a delicious meal, sit on the deck, and enjoy beautiful views of the Bay of Fundy and Northumberland Strait, all while seeing the Maritimes the way they’re meant to be seen—from the water!
Enjoy the Canada Day Concert at Alderney Landing
We’ve written about all the amazing concerts and festivals going on across the Maritimes this year, but one of our favourites is always the Canada Day Concert at Alderney Landing. This concert takes places in Dartmouth, just across the water from Downtown Halifax, and is free to attend! Every year you’ll find incredibly talented performers here, and 2018 is no different, with Allan Rayman and Mo Kenny headlining along with T. Thompson and some of Nova Scotia’s most popular DJs providing music well into the evening.
Have a Family Day in Charlottetown
Charlottetown is a beautiful place any time of year, but it’s especially lovely on Canada Day. The city is bustling with families out enjoying the weather and everything The Island has to offer. If you’re planning to be on PEI on July 1st, make your way to downtown Charlottetown, where a full day of family fun will be taking place. Come get a balloon animal for the kids, get your face painted, take a wagon ride, pet the barn animals at the petting zoo, grab a bite to eat, take a dip in the pool, and more! And if you’d rather see some live entertainment, there’s also a concert that will showcase fantastic PEI talent.
And, of course, there’s no better way to get to PEI than aboard the ferry.
Take in the Canada Day People Parade in Saint John
Canada Day is an excellent day for parades, and the People Parade in Saint John is one of our favourites. Featuring live bands, multicultural demonstrations, special guests, and more, the parade is a great way to kick off your day and learn more about the great local organizations and charities working to make Saint John a better place! Once the parade wraps up, there’s plenty more to do throughout Canada Day in Saint John!
Take a Free Tour of the New Brunswick Museum
As a treat for Canada Day, the New Brunswick Museum will be offering free admission to guests. This is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to learn more about New Brunswick’s storied history, including its connection to the shipbuilding industry. Best of all, the New Brunswick Museum is home to full-size whale models that are sure to delight the young ones and the young at heart!
Travel Back in Time at the Fortress of Louisbourg
We may be celebrating Canada’s 151st birthday, but a trip to the Fortress of Louisbourg on July 1st will transport you to a time when Canada was barely even an idea! Discover what life was like in the 1700s by walking the streets of this meticulously recreated fortress. Learn the stories of the National Historic Site from friendly and knowledgeable guides, then return to the present for an afternoon spent in the beautiful town of Louisbourg, Cape Breton. Like many of the attractions listed here, a visit to the Fortress is free on Canada Day!
Take in the Final Day of the Lobster Bash in Digby
Head to the town of Digby for the last day of the Lobster Bash! At this annual event, you’ll find live music, walking tours of historic Digby, celebrity guests, games, the boat parade of lights, and so much more. And if you like lobster, you’ve come to the right place, as there will be plenty on hand for you to try. This is a three-day event, so consider making an entire weekend of your trip for even more fun!
Find a Spot on Citadel Hill to Watch the Fireworks
If you’ve been following along with our blog, you know that we think Citadel Hill is the perfect place to watch the sunrise in Halifax. Well, it’s also the best spot to be when the sun goes down and the Fireworks begin lighting up the sky on Canada Day. Grab a blanket and a good spot to sit and prepare yourself for the fireworks soaring high above Halifax Harbour and bursting in a sea of patriotic colours. This is the largest—and most impressive—fireworks display in the Maritimes, and is definitely not one to be missed.