Updated for 2017
I just love Canada Day! Maybe it’s because my very first Canada Day was Canada’s 100th birthday and was spent at Expo ‘67. I tell you – that was one thrilling experience! Of course, I’ve loved every Canada Day since then too. I feel privileged to be able to call both Canada and the United States my homes and I’m proud to have grown up in both places. So, pardon me if I get a little sentimental when their birthdays roll around.
Now here we are at Canada’s 150th and we have a lot to celebrate. There are so many Canada Day activities to choose from here in the London, Ontario area, even more than usual!
You can celebrate Canada’s birthday for four straight days at Sesquifest in downtown London. Residents can check out a synthetic outdoor ice rink, kids zone, multicultural events, beer gardens, and the SESQUI dome. The dome gives visitors a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Canada.
Harris Park will be the location for one of the city’s biggest Canada Day 150 celebrations.
Starting at 12 noon, with a First Nations gathering, until after dusk, when fireworks streak across the sky, the park by the Thames will host a sesquicentennial party. And everybody is invited!
Highlights include cutting the ribbon to London’s new Canada 150 pavilion, burying a time capsule to be opened on Canada Day, 2067 [the 200th anniversary of Confederation], and the fireworks exhibit will be London’s largest ever!
Ceremony will play an important part in the day’s events as well, including a parade involving bagpiper Scott Shaw (from the London Police Pipes & Drums), RCMP Escort, HMCS Prevost Flag Party, Scouts Flag Party and 1st Hussars Mounted Troop. Entertainment will be provided by some of London’s finest musicians. Rocker Sarah Smith – who will sing the national anthem at 2pm to open the ceremonial portion of the event – performs a full set between 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Later on, sweet sounds from country belle Shelly Rastin, bluesman Chris Murphy, and The Sheridan Band are sure to have listeners dancing in revelry, patriotic or otherwise.
Fireworks start at 10 PM, Bring a lawn chair.
Trackside Music Festival is back for its second year with more top music talent for country fans. The country music festival will be hosted July 1-2, 2017.
Kick It Trackside this Canada Day Weekend with Country Music’s Finest! The partnership between Budweiser Gardens, Live Nation, London Music Hall and Western Fair District will yet again bring some of the top names in country to the Forest City for an unforgettable live music experience.
- Thomas Rhett
- Kip Moore
- Dallas Smith
- Brothers Osborne
- Brett Kissel
- Canaan Smith
- Aaron Pritchett
- Meghan Patrick
- Lindsay Ell
- James Barker Band
- River Town Saints
- Genevieve Fisher
- The Reklaws
Happy Canada Day! Join Storybook Gardens as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st! To celebrate Gordie the Beaver will be hosting Canada games in the park all day along with his mascot and Storybook puppet friends! You don’t want to miss Peter Mennie’s AbraCANADAbra magic show at 11:30am and be sure to join the music and dance party with Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on the Storybook Stage. Enjoy a yummy Canadian treat at the park including delicious maple candies, Canadian iceberg slushies or a classic cinnamon sugar Beavertail pastry!
Come to our celebration of the nation! In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Canada, Eldon House invites you to party like it’s 1867, 1917 and 1967! Enjoy tours of historic Eldon House, carnival games on the grounds as well as music and historically themed performances directed by Adam Corrigan Holowitz. Meet key figures in Canadian and London history and join Steve Holowitz and friends for a special musical feature. This event will be licenced between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 1
Time: Drop in between 2:00 and 9:00 P.M.
Location: Eldon House Grounds
Grab your picnic blanket and don your Sunday best, to celebrate Dominion Day the old fashioned way at Fanshawe Pioneer Village! Join us for a Dominion Day school lesson and patriotic speeches in honour of the formation of the Dominion of Canada!
On Saturday July 1, 2017 Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday and the Community Council of White Oaks with the help of its generous sponsors is once again proud to provide the South London Community with a sensational Canada Day celebration with live music, food, free inflatable rides and one of London’s largest free fireworks display.
2 – 10:30 pm
Museum London is open for Canada’s 150th birthday bash. Drop in and view the brand new exhibition Canada and London: 150 years of growing together.
The London Majors host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Labatt Park on Saturday at 6 p.m. After the baseball game, watch fireworks over the river forks.
FREE admission – Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2
Celebrate Canada’s 150th in both French and English at Canada’s first children’s museum!
- Explore all three floors of our galleries
- Get creative in our Canadian Art room
- Make your own “fireworks” with fizzing science experiments
- Hear indigenous stories about constellations in our star lab
- Interact with unique Canadian artifacts from our collection
- Make and smash chalk bombs outside
- Get messy and splatter paint with us
Programs are happening throughout the day. Please check specific times upon arrival.
The City of London’s 12 outdoor pools and 11 wading pools are opening for the season on Canada Day.
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