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3 Fun Ways to Celebrate Canada Day

Sadie Holloway loves planning family-friendly parties and activities. She has a background in event planning and fundraising.

3 ideas for Canada Day

3 ideas for Canada Day

How to Celebrate Canada Day

Canada Day, also known as Fête du Canada in French, is on July 1 and marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867. This cross-country holiday is celebrated in all ten provinces and three territories with a variety of events, including parades, carnivals, fireworks displays, air shows, block parties, and family picnics. If you're a proud Canadian but haven't yet decided how you'll be spending your Canada Day holiday, here are a few fun ideas for showcasing your national pride.

1. A Canadian-Themed Barbeque or Potluck Party

What is an all-Canadian diet? Does it consist of poutine, ketchup-flavored potato chips, beer and anything covered in maple syrup? While stereotypes abound about the definition of Canadian food, thankfully, given Canada's proud identity as a country that embraces multiculturalism, Canadians have a much wider variety of tasty foods to choose from to celebrate Canada's Birthday on July 1st.

To celebrate Canada Day, invite your friends and family over for a backyard barbeque or host a potluck dinner party. The menu could consist of a fun combination of stereotypical Canadian foods or dishes that represent the different regions of Canada from coast to coast all the way up to the North Pole.

2. Host a Famous-Canadian-Themed Costume Party

Canada isn't just the birthplace of many great hockey players, such as Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky. Canada is home to many renowned artists, generous philanthropists, environmental activists and innovative inventors. On Canada Day, invite friends and family over and tell them to dress up as a famous Canadian.

Here are just a few of the many famous actors, musicians, and bands who come from Canada:

  • Ryan Gosling
  • Josh Jackson
  • Kim Cattrall
  • William Shatner
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Dan Ackroyd
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Adam Beach
  • Celine Dion
  • Drake
  • Shania Twain
  • Michael Buble
  • Bryan Adams
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Arcade Fire
  • Sum 41
  • Neil Young

For a complete list of Canadian musicians, check out the comprehensive wiki page devoted to music from Canada.

How about some white chocolate "moose" for dessert?

How about some white chocolate "moose" for dessert?

3. Organize Fun Canadian-Themed Party Games and Activities

  • Trivia tournament: While many people regard hockey as Canada's national sport, many people know that basketball was invented by a Canadian? A few hours of online research is all you need to come up with a challenging list of trivia questions to stump even the most patriotic Canadians. To give players a fair chance at winning, make the questions either multiple choice or true or false. (Check out the video narrated by Canadian Mike Myers at the bottom of this article if you want to brush up Canada's history.)
  • Scavenger hunt: Create a treasure map with riddles and trivia questions about Canada that lead participants on a hunt to find fun Made in Canada prizes and goodies. The map area could be as small as your backyard or as big as your hometown.
  • Canadian karoake: Rent a karoake machine and encourage party guests to step up to the microphone to belt out some of their favorite Canadian songs. A variety of sites online let you create custom playlists that can be downloaded in karaoke format.
The only thing Hawaiian about a Hawaiian pizza is the pineapple on top. The ham and pineapple pizza was actually invented by a Canadian!

The only thing Hawaiian about a Hawaiian pizza is the pineapple on top. The ham and pineapple pizza was actually invented by a Canadian!

10 Amusing Facts About Canada

  • Canada is him to the world's largest outdoor ice rink. In the wintertime, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa freezes over, making it one long, winding strip if ice.
  • Cirque du Soliel, the world's largest theatrical company, was founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1984 by two former street performers.
  • Canadians really do say 'sorry', a lot. A study from Queen's University found that 90 percent of Canadians aged 18 to 25 will say 'sorry' if a stranger accidentally bumps into them.
  • The world's longest hockey game was played in Canada in February 2015. The charity fundraiser clocked in at 250 hours long (11 days!) and raised more that $1 million for cancer research.
  • In Canada, kids can write letters to Santa Claus at the the North Pole and his helped elves at Canada Post will write back!
  • Canada has the world's longest coastline. It's 202,080 kilometres long and touches three separate oceans: The Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

From Far and Wide...

Canadians living abroad don't have to miss out on the fun on Canada Day! If you are a Canadian living in another country, you can still celebrate your love for your homeland from afar. Canadian embassies and consular offices often host celebratory events for Canadian citizens. Contact the consulate and find out if there are any Canada Day events planned.

© 2017 Sadie Holloway


RTalloni on June 16, 2017:

Such a neat article on Celebrating Canada Day! Congrats to all Canadians in your Fête du Canada! Patriotism is good for everyone individually and corporately. Neighborhoods, communities, cities, regions, and nations have a chance to come together and consider what they have in common on patriotic holidays. We just celebrated our American Flag Day, and of course, our 4th of July Independence Day is coming up. Thanks for a look at some of your facts, traditions, and for ideas for celebrating.