The Ultimate Guide to an Awesome Canada Day

Canadians have gone virtually and “socially distanced” creative to mark the 153rd Canada Day birthday this year, by keeping no more than 50 people gatherings and observing social distancing in the “new” true Canadian way. North Water has taken the guess work out of what you can do with your loved ones in your city and at home as we uphold our Canadian values of unity, tolerance, and peace.


Calgary – Watch the premiere virtual concert presented by CBC Calgary, with musical performances by Calgary artists Paul Brandt, Lynn Olagundoye, T Buckley, Chad VanGaalen, and Bebe Buckskin. The Heritage Park Historical Village has a day packed full of Canadian history and fun, games and food – including a FREE pancake breakfast for the first 2,020 guests with paid admission in the park before 10:30am!


Abbotsford – Canada’s first virtual pet parade day. Celebrate your furry or not so furry friends and companions online as you celebrate Canada Day. Open to all sorts of petsJ


Surrey  - Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser, the City of Surrey’s annual July 1 celebration will head online this year, with a livestreamed show including musical entertainment, virtual tours, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute and a virtual firework finale. Get ready to be immersed in the beauty and vibrance of local Surrey artists Ashley Pater, Hotel Mira, Sleepy Gonzalas, The Promised, Wild Moccasins and more.


Canada Day House Party Music Festival – Celebrate, dance, interact and have fun in the house party FREE. An impressive line up of William Price, Bonjay, Dean Brody, Loony, Myles Costello, Dear Rouge and many more.


St Albert – City of St Albert Albert has partnered with municipalities around the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to include in their festivities free one-time viewing online concert series from 6 to 8 p.m., with musical performances from George Canyon, Dan Davidson, Nuela Charles, River Poets and Kym Simon.  There will also be a streaming montage of the best fireworks displays from previous national Canada Day celebrations.


Maple Ridge  – Maple Ridge’s 4 ingredient recipe challenge is calling all home cooks, bakers and creative amateurs to create a signature dish inspired by July 1. This cook-off and presentation is open to all, and there is no age restriction as Send in your recipes


#WeLoveDelta Block Parties on Canada Day - Delta is encouraging residents to host their own physically distanced block parties this year on front lawns and balconies. For more details on how to set up a block party, visit Delta’s website and get your Canada Day party planning rolling.


West Vancouver Rooftop Performances – Immerse into the sounds of West Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations in the comfort of your home. Several rooftop performances are scheduled to take place in Ambleside, Dundarave and the Horseshoe Bay area for July 1 and you’ll be able to hear the bands from your home though you won’t be able to see them. At 7 p.m., after the performances wrap, residents are invited to stand in their yards or balconies to join a community-wide singalong of O Canada, after cheering healthcare workers.


No doubt it has been a year of surprises and how we celebrate this day is no doubt with gratitude and charity. As True Canadians we bounce back and celebrate all that we have and give thanks to all that is in store for us.


With glowing hearts
We see thee rise
The True North, strong and free
From far and wide
O Canada
We stand on guard for thee


Happy Canada Day!