Canada Day fireworks across the country

Is there a better way to close out a Canada Day celebration than by watching an extravagant fireworks display? We sure don’t think so! We’ve rounded up some of the top places to watch fireworks in major cities across the country – where will you be watching?

Victoria: A day filled with performances, family-friendly activities, and lots of food is capped off with a gorgeous fireworks display at Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Be sure to check out their full list of Canadian artists performing on their main stage throughout the event!

Vancouver: Following their annual Canada Day parade, the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show lights up the sky with its unique two-barge simultaneous display. With one barge located in the Burrard Inlet and the other off the shore of Dundarave in West Vancouver, the show will be viewable from several locations and communities, including Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, West Vancouver, and North Vancouver.

Calgary: Wherever you are, look up! Around 10:45 p.m., the city of Calgary will be setting off fireworks from the Centre Street Bridge. This location will allow the show to be seen from various parts of the city, but any spot along the river will give you a great view.

Edmonton: The river valley is a stunning backdrop for the gorgeous fireworks show over the North Saskatchewan River. Some of the best viewing locations include Telus Field, the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, Dantzer’s Hill, and Government House Park.

Regina: Head to Wascana Park for a day-long celebration of Canada, capped off by fireworks after dark. Although they’re set off from Willow Island, they can be seen throughout all of the park.

Winnipeg: The Forks is home to family-friendly activities all day long on July 1st, with local band Imaginary Dragons and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra joining forces to accompany the fireworks display at the end of the night.

Toronto: Whether you live in the north end of the city or down by the lake, there are tons of great Canada Day events in the city, and two amazing firework shows. At Mel Lastman Square in North York, the city’s official celebration includes a day filled with music and dance, capped off with a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. Down by Lake Ontario, fireworks will light up the sky around 9:30 p.m. at Ashbridge’s Bay Park. Click here for more fireworks listings in Toronto and the GTA.

Ottawa: What better place to celebrate Canada Day than at the nation’s capital? The city’s biggest celebration is on Parliament Hill, with a day-long concert and a fireworks show over the Ottawa River. Just want to see the fireworks? Some of the best places to camp out include Jacques-Cartier Park, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Major’s Hill Park, Victoria Island, or anywhere along the river.

Montreal: The Old Port hosts a variety of historic and cultural events throughout the day on July 1st, with a stunning fireworks display over the St. Lawrence River to close out the celebrations.

Fredericton: Canada Day fun kicks off at noon in Officer’s Square with kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, food vendors and a huge fireworks display over the St. John River at dusk.

Halifax: Parades, music, and family-friendly activities last all day long at Dartmouth Crossings, and the fireworks show at the Halifax Harbour at 10 p.m. is not to be missed!

St. John’s: A sunrise ceremony, cake, bouncy castles and musical performances all lead up to a fireworks display over Quidi Vidi Lake at Signal Hill.

We also asked our viewers to share their favourite fireworks-watching spots! Here are some of their top picks from our Facebook page:

  • Melissa Dundas-Paine said: On Lake Erie in Leamington, Ontario our hometown and just steps away from our front door!!!
  • Helen Meyers said: Family Paradise Campground, Walton, ON. Where we have our RV parked, where we get together with friends and family.
  • pinkfiredesigns said: Has to be my home town of Moose Jaw, SK!

Our Twitter followers were eager to share their picks, too! Here are some of their faves:

Where will you be watching fireworks this year? Tell us about your favourite places in the comments! Happy Canada Day!

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