In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, you’ll know that this year Canada is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary of Confederation! With that in mind, Ottawa is pulling out all the stops to make sure that this Canada Day will be one to remember in our nation’s capital. With so much going on in town, how do you decide what events to attend? Here at Gogabo we like to make things easy for you, so we’ve created a list of the best kid-friendly events happening over the Canada Day weekend (June 30th – July 2nd). Pick the events your little ones will enjoy most and make sure you have a fun, happy, and safe Canada Day celebration!


There are three official sites for the downtown festivities: Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, and the Canadian Museum of History. On Friday, June 30th, both Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History will offer fun family-friendly activities, including games, live music, and dance performances. On Canada Day itself, all three locations will be buzzing with energy and excitement as the festivities really get going! Many roads will be closed downtown, making the area safe and easy to explore with your kids. For a full schedule of what’s going on in these three locations, check out the Ottawa Tourism website here.

Parliament Hill

On Canada Day, Parliament Hill, arguably Ottawa’s most iconic location, will be playing host to a range of talented acts including Cirque du Soleil, Walk Off The Earth, Alessia Cara, Gordon Lightfoot, Bono and The Edge! Also present on Parliament Hill will be their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who are celebrating their first Canada Day in Ottawa as part of their Royal Tour of Canada this summer. At 11pm the infamous and fabulous President’s Choice® Canada Day fireworks will begin. This year will be Canada Day’s largest pyrotechnic show ever and certainly not one to be missed!

Canadian Museum of Nature

There is free admission to the Canadian Museum of Nature on Canada Day! Kids can learn about Canada’s Arctic region through a variety of exhibitions, activities and demonstrations focused on Arctic geography, ecosystems and sustainability, the rich culture of the region’s inhabitants as well as the impacts of climate change. Children also have the opportunity for some hands-on fun with live marine invertebrates with the AquaVan150 team, who are travelling across the country from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre teaching children about current environmental challenges related to Ottawa’s local aquatic habitats.

National Arts Centre

Ottawa’s National Arts Centre has two fun-filled days of free activities planned to celebrate its grand re-opening as well as Canada Day. In the morning enjoy a free choral concert featuring 630 singers from across Canada held in Canada Hall at the nearby Shaw Centre! In the afternoon the NAC will host a family BBQ, an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening, and music from the NAC Orchestra.

MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017

MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017 is a spectacular mosaiculture exhibition in Gatineau’s Jacques Cartier Park, showcasing elements of Canadian history and culture through various art forms such as sculpture, painting and horticulture. On Canada Day, there is plenty of opportunity to play as you’ll find a variety of activities for families and, particularly, children aged 3 to 12. The Canada Day fun includes games, physical activities, performances, inflatable slides, and more! There will be a free Canada Day shuttle bus connecting this site to Major’s Hill Park, in Ottawa for stress-free travel between the sites.

Whatever you decide to do with your family this Canada Day, we hope you have fun and enjoy yourselves! Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and keep a close watch on your little ones in crowded areas. We are proud to be a Canadian company based in Ottawa and we can’t wait to celebrate our nation’s birthday in it’s capital city this year!

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