Well, in just a few days we will be celebrating Canada’s birthday and Nova Scotians know how to go it up in style, from the Pubnicos to Cape Breton and every town and hamlet in between.I can’t guarantee I have found every one of the Canada Day events happening but I tried.
Now, all you need to do is choose one. Enjoy.
Annapolis Valley Canada Day Events
Hantsport 7:30 am-10 pm Hantsport Memorial Community Centre Over 80 years of Canada Day history and it’s doing it up right again this year, starting with breakfast and ending with fireworks. Full schedule is here.
Wolfville-11 am-3 pm head to Wolfville’s Willow Park for of fun for the whole family at Willow Park, then head over to Waterfront Park at 3pm to re-create the Centennial group photo to update it for Wolfville 125, followed by FREE Cake and more live music
Canning-1 pm-4pm Bruce Spicer Park- games, BBQ, face painting and live music.
New Minas– 2pm Lockhart and Ryan Park Have fun with a soap slide, family activities, bounce castles, live music by the Groove Kings and Shoulder to Shoulder, and fireworks at dusk!
Kentville-2 pm-4pm Memorial Pool Free swim, watermelon, contests, chalk and bubbles @ the Pool
Hall’s Harbour– 12 pm-4 pm on the wharf. Fireworks and more- Find out what here
Middleton-1 pm-4pm MacDonald Museum-! Live music, games and activities, cake, delicious BBQ by the Middleton Fireflies and don’t forget the strawberry shortcake
Lawrencetown-1pm-5pm Firehall- Music, kids activities, bike decorating contest, train and wagon rides
Bear River 10am-10pm 1145 River Road An entire day of activities planned Find the schedule here.
Annapolis Royal 9am-9pm .St George St. Kitchen party. music, free lobster rolls and more
Digby– 11:30am -1:30 pm Fishermen’s Memorial Park Annual Canada Day BBQ. There will be hot dogs, drinks, cake (cake cutting at 12:45pm), and entertainment from One Night Only. (Rain location: Digby Arena)
Yarmouth & Acadian Shore Canada Day Events
Yarmouth– 8am-dusk-Waterfront Everything begins with a big breakfast! Find the rest of the schedule here
Cape Forchu-7pm at the Lighthouse (bring blankets and chairs) 3rd Annual Concert
Pubnico-4:30 pm -6:30 pm 91 Old Church Road, Flag raising @1pm followed by Acadian music and dance
South Shore Canada Day Events
Shelburne-3 pm-11 pm Fiddle Park Music, bouncy castles and a beer tent! Schedule is here.
Lockeport- 1pm -10pm All over Lockeport lots of activities including fireworks. Full schedule here
Liverpool- 11 am-4pm Queens Place Emera Center Bouncy houses, native crafts and Atlantic Cirque performers. Find out more here
Bridgewater- 1 pm-11 pm Various locations From ax throwing to a Parade of Sail-lots of activities in Bridgewater for Canada Day. Full list here.
New Germany-7 am-10 pm Various locationsStarts with breakfast-ends with fireworks.Full schedule here.
Riverport-11am-dusk Various locations. Start out by enjoy the fish fry @ 11am , the parade @ 1:30 and finish the day with fireworks.Full schedule here.
Lunenburg– 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 250th Anniversary Park Live entertainment, children’s activities, and complimentary BBQ hot dogs, watermelon and juice
Chester -9 am-dusk Chester Yacht Club has a bunch of events going on including a scavenger hunt and steak BBQ.Details here
New Ross 1:15 pm-dusk. New Ross Legion Parade of costumes, face painting,live music fireworks
Halifax Regional Municipality Canada Day Events
Bedford- 9 am-10 pm Dewolf Park Bouncy castles,live music and more
Downtown Halifax 11 am-4pm Grand Parade- free breakfast (while supplies last)food trucks, face painting, and inflatable attractions, Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team,The Skyhawks,K9 Hi Flyers Dog Agility Team. and more.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site-11:30 am-1 pm Free admission and birthday cake, music and the 78th Highlander performance.
Halifax Public Gardens 2pm-4pm and 5pm-midnight free concerts
Alderney Landing, Dartmouth- 10 pm Canada Day fireworks Best viewed area is from the concert crowd at Alderney Landing or if you don’t want to be in the concert area, bring your chairs or blankets to the green space along Ferry Terminal Park! On the Halifax side we recommend the waterfront area near the ferry terminal down to Casino Nova Scotia.
Sullivan’s Pond– 2 pm-4pm free music and free maple leaf cookies while they last.
Fisherman’s Cove– 12 pm-4pm Munch on barbecue,and enjoy the bouncy castles, games, face painting, and afternoon tea
Tantallon– 6pm-10pm Shining Waters Marine Live entertainment and fireworks
Eastern Shore Canada Day Events
Lake Charlotte-11am-3pm Memory Lane Heritage Village Eat free fresh donuts, watch motor controlled toys boats,traditional 1940s games and races for the kids and more
Sheet Harbour- 7am-6pm MacPhee House Heritage tour, face painting, puppet show and more
Sherbrooke Village- parade, concert and fireworks- I don’t see a time when these start.
Cape Breton Canada Day Events
Louisburg- 2:00-4:30 pm at the S & L Railway Station with children’s games, activities, pony rides & face painting, free BBQ
Sydney Mines 9am 12 pm Sydney Mines Legion,Pancake Breakfast / Carriage & Bike Parade
North Sydney 8:30 am 11:30 am KOC Chapter 5109 Pancake Breakfast
Whitney Pier 9 am-11 am Whitney Pier Legion, $5 Breakfast / Balloon Animals / Facepainting
Glace Bay 12 pm-3pm Queen Elizabeth Park, York St • 12-3pm Laser Tag / Seniors Bingo / Facepainting
North Sydney 12 pm-3 pm Smelt Brook Park, Pierce St • 12-3pm Facepainting / Games
Sydney- 9 am-10 pm Breakfast @Legion,Music, Food Trucks , Facepainting
New Waterford 12 pm-4pm Colliery Lands Park, e • 12-4pm Children’s Activities Music by Cherry Bomb
Dominion 1pm-4pm Hawks Field,• CBRM Kids Recreation Zone,Music By Broken Road, Full Circle
Westmount 1-4pm Petersfield Park, Bounce Tents / Obstacle Course / CBU Mall of Science
Marion Bridge 6pm Mira Gala Parade, Family Social
Northumberland Shore Canada Day Events
Antigonish- 8:30-dusk Various locations Breakfast,music, step dancing and fireworks.More info here
New Glasgow- (June 30th) Music and fireworks not sure of starting time
Pictou-1-8pm Pictou waterfront Live music, bouncy houses, cake ,face painting
Amherst-11:45-4pm Victoria Square activities and then fireworks at dusk
Oxford-11am-1pm-Heritage Square. Music, free BBQ, facepainting
Springhill– (June 30th )5pm Richard Calder Arena, Bike Rodeo, BBQ and cake
Fundy Shore Canada Day Events
Truro-5:30 pm -Civic Square 10:30 pm music, kids activities and fireworks
Parrsboro-1:30-4pm Ottawa House music, cake auction and birthday cake
If you’d rather avoid the maddening crowd-you could go to a U-Pick and get yourself some fresh strawberries