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Happy Birthday Canada!

Posted Jun 28, 2017

Happy 150th, Canada!!

… and you thought you were old!

We are celebrating 150 years of confederation – 1867 the British colonies (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) were united into the Dominion of Canada. July 1st was, up until recently, called Dominion Day.

The country is celebrating and July 1st is approaching. Fireworks are flying off the shelves and Ottawa is bracing for an influx of tourists like none before.

All our National Parks, Marine Conservation and Historic sites are free to everyone this year and if you are planning a camping trip, we would suggest booking early.

In Halifax, the Commons is the place to be – from noon until midnight. Fireworks at Citadel Hill will be seen from there, the center stage is set for an evening concert by nationally recognized local talent. The headliner is Deadmau5 rounded out with Reeny Smith, Rebecca Thomas, rocker Matt Hays, Ashelin, Isabelle Ouillette and more. There is a secondary stage set for daytime entertainment by local multi-cultural entertainers. There are family and kid zones with the usual array of fun things to do.

Parade you ask? Of course, there is a parade – the Tattoo Canada Day parade – starts 11:00 at Scotia Bank Center on the corner of Duke and Brunswick

Of course the whole area is buzzing (from Sackville to the Eastern Shore) and you must start it all off with one of the many Pancake Breakfasts going on everywhere.

Here’s a quick look: Dartmouth Pancake Breakfast 8-10 am, Alderney Landing.

Alderney Landing is celebrating all day

Halifax Pancake Breakfast 8-9am at Grand Parade

Royal Tattoo Parade – 11am-12pm on Brunswick

The Citadel events

Official Opening Ceremonies including firing

of cannon and 21 gun salute – 12:00 pm. Singing of Oh Canada and Canada Day cake – 12:30 pm. Canada Day Community Citizenship ceremony 2:45pm to 3:45pm

The Commons Events

Canada Day Family Fun Fest by Maple Lodge Farms

from 12-6pm.  The Fuse Festival – 11-5pm. Main Event Concert from 5pm -12am

Public Gardens free concert 2-4pm

Sullivan’s Pond (Dartmouth) Free Concert – 2-4pm

Pier 21 also has a whole day affair from 9:30 to 5:00pm

Bedford, East Preston and Sackville have their own celebrations.

So get a flag, paint your face and get the heck out there. You’ll have fun and won’t miss the biggest birthday party for the greatest country in the world. Happy birthday Canada!!!