2018 Canada Day Events in Nova Scotia

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.

Decorated House Canada Day events
Decorated House Canada Day events

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.

Bouncy House Canada Day events
Bouncy House Canada Day events

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