Here's to Canada Day
Here’s to Canada Day
But big birthday number aside, we know how to show our pride on Canada Day and we don’t have to go far to do it. Port Credit’s annual Paint the Town Red celebration is the place to be and this year, for the first time in 14 years, it will be a two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
Along with the fireworks and village-wide parade – with the venerable Hazel McCallion as grand marshal – there are a ton of activities and entertainment for the whole family all throughout the village. There’s the giant cake cutting, plus food, music and craft vendors at Memorial Park, a kids’ zone and more.
What about other options? If Paint the Town Red is not your cup of tea, here are some other ways to celebrate.
Street party: West Edge Community Church holds a street party with free barbecue, bands, bouncy castles and other fun activities from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Be square: There’s also a ton of fun at Celebration Square, with an array of entertainment, food, a citizenship ceremony, kids’ activities, fireworks and more from 2 to 10:30 p.m.
Lick your chops: Toronto Ribfest holds a four-day birthday bash at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. There’s the food, of course, but also entertainment, music, a citizenship ceremony, fireworks, kids’ activities and more.
Down the road: The Bronte Business Improvement Area hosts an all-day family festival at Heritage Waterfront Park in Oakville. There are the usual attractions: food, entertainment, kids’ activities, fireworks and more.
More family fun: Along with the usual activities and entertainment, the Together Festival at Churchill Meadows Community Common also includes an escape room and a war re-enactment in the mix.
First Nations: From noon to 4 p.m., the Living Arts Centre celebrates Canada Day by highlighting First Nations traditions and the diversity that newcomers bring to our communities. And there are kids’ activities, performances, storytelling, food and more.
Of course, if you want to head into Toronto, there are always big events, like the giant rubber duck at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, or the annual events at Queen’s Park, Nathan Phillips Square, Harbroufront and other locales. But with so much to do closer to home, why would you want to?