The Best Spots to Watch Canada Day Fireworks

A handful of our favourite places to catch an amazing Canada Day fireworks show, updated for 2017 and Canada Day 150 celebrations.

Ah, Canada Day fireworks, how do we love thee? This year we love thee 150% more—because it’s our amazing country’s 150th anniversary. We need to get out and celebrate with our fellow Canadians and watch some glorious fireworks.

Here are the best places (we’ve found) across the country to watch the spectacle, whether you’re in Victoria, Edmonton, Winnipeg or even Charlottetown, we’ve got you covered (and a few other cities as well!).

Vancouver, British Columbia

The incredible Burrard Inlet fireworks, from two different barges, will begin at 10:30 p.m. Tickets to viewing locations with unobstructed views are $15 each, and children under 5 are free. For the best viewing to the fireworks in a family friendly setting with access to indoor bathroom facilities, purchase tickets to the Fireworks Viewing Zone. The outdoor zone is located on the Canadian Trail, along the west promenade of Canada Place. While there is a lot of space in this zone, physical seating will be limited.

For more information see: CanadaDay.CanadaPlace.ca.

 

Victoria, British Columbia

The annual Canada Day celebration starts at 11:00am and goes until the fireworks start at 10:20pm. During the day indulge in food trucks, music and entertainment then watch the fireworks display around the Inner Harbor.

For more information: ToDoCanada.ca

 

Edmonton, Alberta

Fireworks are launched from Kinsmen Park over the river valley parks and North Saskatchewan River. The show starts at 11pm. Best viewing spots include Alberta Legislature Grounds (Capital Plaza – north plaza), Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road), Ezio Faraone Park and RE/MAX Field (those attending the game on July 1 are welcome to remain in their seats to watch the fireworks).

For more information: Edmonton.ca.

 

Regina, Saskatchewan

Celebrating with an unforgettable fireworks display, Regina will be the place to be this July 1. Presented by the Co-op Refinery, Regina’s Canada Day fireworks will showcase the longest and most intense display at 20 minutes and 17 seconds, featuring diverse music from Canadian artists and refreshing designs guaranteed to thrill the audience and leave a lasting and powerful impression.

For more information: Regina.ca

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Celebrate at The Forks! The Festival Stage show begins at 5PM with 11 performers including headliner Whitehorse, local up-and-comer Faouzia, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. A stunning fireworks spectacle by award-winning Archangel Fireworks will cap off the day of celebrations at 11pm.

 

 

Toronto, Ontario

The Ashbridges Bay fireworks are spectacular. Great viewing can be had from Woodbine Beach, Beaches Park, or anywhere along the strip of Beach next to Ashbridges Bay. The free show starts at 10 p.m. There are also shows planned for Mel Lastman Square, Downsview Park, Harbourfront Centre and Nathan Phillips Square (among other places).

For more information: Canada 150 in Toronto.

 

Ottawa, Ontario

Around 11:00 p.m. on July 1, a 20-minute 17-second (a nod to 2017) pyromusical fireworks show—the largest Canada Day pyrotechnic show ever—will be launched from five different locations: Nepean Point, as well as four sites along Confederation Boulevard (the ceremonial and discovery route of Canada’s Capital Region) including two sites in Ottawa and two in Gatineau, Quebec. The result is a dazzling and perfectly synchronized 360-degree fireworks extravaganza! (Keep in mind the fireworks show is weather dependent.)

For more information: OttawaTourism.ca.

 

Montreal, Quebec

Splurge a little and see them synchronized to music, up close with the judges at La Ronde, just in front of the Lac des Dauphins. It’s a nice treat and more impressive than viewing them for free from a distance, albeit pricey for a 30-minute show. So plan for a day trip: all fireworks tickets, varying from roughly $52 to $70 plus taxes, grant a full day’s admission to all of La Ronde’s rides and roller coasters. Parking at La Ronde on the day/eve of fireworks will set you back roughly $25.

For more information: CanadaDayMontreal.org

 

Quebec City, Quebec

In the afternoon, families are invited to the Plains of Abraham, where there’ll be tons of fun for kids, like facepainting, inflatable games, a treasure hunt, and a kid’s show, “Arthur l’aventurier au Costa Rica.” Nightime is music time, with YZRA and Jérôme Charlebois presiding at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand, followed by a closing fireworks celebration starting at 10 p.m.

For more information: QuebecRegion.com

 

St. John’s, Newfoundland

At King George V Park, from 2 to 6 p.m., there will be family day activities with live entertainment, including Colleen Power and Eastern Owl, among other performers. From 6 to 10 p.m. at the Dominion Memorial Market parking lot on Quidi Vidi Lake, The Sheepdogs, from Saskatoon, will be headlining, along with the Novaks and Mallory Johnson. The evening event includes a Beer Garden in support of the Special Olympics and Vera Perlin Society. Keeping with tradition, the day will wrap up with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Quidi Vidi Lake.

For more information: StJohns.ca

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada 150 celebrations will include a free outdoor concert at the Halifax Common, starting in the afternoon and culminating in an evening fireworks show. It will also feature the most Children’s entertainment activities on one event site in Halifax-Dartmouth Canada Day history! Deadmau5 will perform on the Main Stage, local favourite Matt Mays will perform, Neptune Theatre will present a tribute to Stan Rogers, Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas will perform and Celtic band Ashelin, Francophone Rockers Izabelle Ouellet, and Reeny Smith from North Preston will also be on the main stage.

For more information: hrmcanadaday.ca.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

For the first time ever, and for this very special occasion, the fireworks will be fired off of the Westmorland Street Bridge in downtown Fredericton, providing excellent vantage points on both sides of the Saint John River. The Canada Day fireworks will take place at 10:40pm as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations.  Fireworks will be followed by headliner rock band The Glorious Sons who will wrap up the night on the Officers’ Square stage.

For more information: TourismFredericton.ca

Charlottetown, PEI

A spectacular fireworks display from the shores of Victoria Park will begin at 10:15pm. Bring your own chairs and blankets for seating on the Charlottetown waterfront.

For more information: City.Charlottetown.pe.ca

 

We asked you on Twitter where your favourite spots are to view fireworks:

@yummymumy5 recommends Fort George in Niagara on the Lake, and @ObanInn agrees. @_TeamPokey loves the display at Parliament Hill in Ottawa (details above). And from the Windsor contingent, @ladybugbows recommends the Windsor Riverfront and says nothing compares to the view from there, and @Bellalulubaby also loves that spot, but is going for the Windsor Art Gallery specifically.

Do you have a favourite spot to watch Canada Day fireworks? Share your best viewing spots in the comments!

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