With glowing hearts, from far and wide, let’s all celebrate Canada’s birthday with a happy bang! What better week than this week to show of some good ol’ Canadian pride? It’s the Canada Day long weekend, and people are showing up decked out head-to-toe in red and white for the party. Everywhere you look, fireworks are lighting up the sky and celebrations are bringing the crowds. It’s one of the best weekends of the summer, and you won’t want to miss one moment of it. Happy Birthday, Canada! Here’s what’s hot…
CANADA DAY EVENTS
Get festive at The Forks
This is one national birthday party not to be missed. Family friendly activities all day long include musicians, buskers, crafts and entertainment everywhere you look. Kids can try their luck at the IMPACT Obstacle Course or snap a photo at the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Photo Booth. Local talent fills The Forks with two stages of spectacular entertainment. The evening closes with a captivating fireworks display at 11:00 p.m.(weather permitting).
Spend Canada Day in St. Boniface
St. Boniface, Winnipeg
After checking out The Forks, skip over the Esplanade Riel into Winnipeg’s French Quarter where entertainment, arts, interpretation, family activities, music and food await. The St. Boniface Museum, Fort Gibraltar and Maison Gabrielle-Roy will be open free of charge, as well as the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Residence. Don’t feel like walking? Hop on the Winnipeg Trolley, free of charge!
Be part of the Canada Day Living Flag
July 1 | 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Once again, you’re invited to participate (and reclaim the title) of the country’s largest living flag and pose for the ultimate Canada Day photo. This year’s photo will be set to the backdrop of Shaw Park, home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, featuring Winnipeg’s signature skyline in the background.
Soar to new patriotic heights in Brandon
Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon
Get ready for a Canada Day of fun for the whole family in Brandon! You can participate in the Canada Day Living Flag or enjoy a scenic ride over Brandon with Prairie Helicopters. Other events include the Brandon Riverbank Duck Race, face painting, origami, a family stage and fireworks!
Picnic in the Park
Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park
Celebrate Canada Day at the Canad Inns Family Fun Day! This family oriented day is FREE to all and a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday in beautiful Assiniboine Park. The fun includes activities for children, live entertainment, a kidzone and some spectacular fireworks.
Sing loud and proud in Riding Mountain
Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park
Join in the fun and commemorate everything that is great about our wonderful country atRiding Mountain National Park! Events include a citizenship ceremony, giant cake, live entertainment, kids activities, and fireworks. There’s FREE entry to the park all day long!
Go for the gold at the Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg
The Royal Canadian Mint has made over 55 billion coins for more than 75 countries around the world. This Canada Day, on a free self-guided tour and learn about the fascinating world of coin production, or strike your own token. Kids will delight in entertainment by clowns and face painters. Lunch is provided by Danny’s Whole Hog from 11am to 2pm.
Celebrate Canada’s birthday in Birtle
You’ll be busy all day long at the Canada Day celebration in Birtle, Manitoba. The day starts with a pancake breakfast and a parade, followed by a youth fishing derby, a junior firefighter challenge, root beer gardens and a BBQ in the Park. The real star of the show is the Downhill Derby on Birtle’s infamous paved 7th street hill. The day of festivities wraps up as it should – with a fabulous fireworks show.
Hit the beach in Minnedosa
The long weekend kicks off with a bang in Minnedosa. The fun-filled day includes a Farmers’ Market in the Covenant Church parking lot, the Minnedosa Valley Cruizers Car Show at Minnedosa Beach, and of course, plenty of activities to celebrate Canada Day.
Reflect on our rich history at the Fort
July 1 | 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada
Get FREE admission at Lower Fort Garry to enjoy one of Canada’s unique historic places. There will be kids crafts, entertainment, face painting, and yummy cake!
Dance in the streets of Osborne Village
June 30 to July 1
Osborne Street, Winnipeg
Relax at one of the many oversized patios, treat yourself to a gift from the market, munch on delicious food, then take in a band and a cold bevy at the Osborne Village Canada Day Street Festival. That’s not all: don’t forget to bring the kids to the Family Zone, which features inflatable bouncers, obstacle courses, an outdoor arcade and pony rides.
Wave your flags at the Marsh
July 1 | 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oak Hammock Marsh
Bring the whole family to the marsh for an exciting day of all things Canada. Special cupcakes will be served at 2:00 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides through the marsh with storyteller Allan Webb from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. available for $5 per person.
Celebrate on Selkirk’s waterfront
July 1 | 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Selkirk
Selkirk will be hopping on Canada Day! There will be a 5 km run, food vendors, live entertainment, kids zone, geocaching and a rockin’ concert from AC/DC cover band, Whole Lotta Angus.
Cheer for Canada in Thompson
Thompson Regional Community Centre
Thompson is going all around the globe to celebrate Canada Day with Folklorama entertainment. Plus international food booths, local entertainment, a community brunch, children’s fun land and fireworks.
Be patriotic in The Pas
June 30 to July 1
Opasquia Ag Grounds, The Pas
There’s so much going on this Canada Day in The Pas! There’s a parade, flag raising ceremony, community BBQ, live bands, food, family events, rodeo school, gymkhana, petting zoo, bloomer races, horse power vs man power, a dance party and fireworks!
THE REST OF THE WEEK
Take the plunge in Churchill
June 30 to July 2
Winnipeg and Churchill
The first inaugural Polar Plunge is coming to Churchill, Manitoba, set to be one of the most northern plunges in the world! Dubbed the Polar Bear Capital of the World, Churchill is the perfect location for the Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Manitoba to host this awesome fundraiser, with money raised going towards programming for more than 1,600 athletes province wide.
Experience a Highland Gathering
July 2 to 3
Legacy Park, East Selkirk
Hitch up yer kilts for a day of good ol’ Scottish fun at the annual Manitoba Highland Gathering! This is a great day for the whole family to experience the colour, pageantry and centuries-old Scottish traditions right here in Selkirk, Manitoba.
Cast a line at the Trout Festival
July 1 to 4
Make your way up to Flin Flon for a weekend of fun at the Trout Festival! There will be a fishing derby, fish fry, a parade, battle of the bands, canoe races, amusement rides, Canada Day celebrations and so much more.
Get away from the hustle and bustle at a unique stay
Planning a staycation in Manitoba? Take the path less traveled and learn about what it takes to run a family farm, or simply kick back at a resort or in your own personal yurt. The oTENTiks in Riding Mountain National Park are an excellent compromise between tent and cabin and are especially convenient for those who prefer glamping to camping. Check in, check out and escape from it all.
Swing your partner ’round at Dauphin Country Fest
June 30 to July 3
With Lady Antebellum, Dean Brody and Dallas Smith leading up this year’s headlining acts, Dauphin Country Fest is sure to hit the mark for country music lovers once again. As Canada’s longest running country music festival, Dauphin draws in the crowds from all over the province and beyond. Our only tip is to bring both rubber boats AND cowboy boots – you’ll need them!
Select garden greens for pizza night on the farm
Fridays and Saturdays starting July 1 | 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Pizza night is in full swing at Integrity Foods. Embrace the farm life in this serene setting as your garden-fresh pizza bakes in an outdoor brick oven. Farm animals, pets, gardens, forest trails and children’s activities are just a few of the delights waiting for you on this family abode. Plus, who wouldn’t want to have a pizza picnic? Sandwiches are so overrated!
Reflect in the Whiteshell
Let the wonders of nature be a backdrop for reflection on the power of the human spirit atWhiteshell Provincial Park. Begin your Whiteshell journey at the Bannock Point Petroformsnear Nutimik Lake before embarking on the eight kilometre trail at Rainbow Falls. Bring your tent for a night under the stars, or choose one of the park’s many comfy resorts.