As gatherings of more than 50 people remain banned due to COVID-19 precautions, many local and national Canada Day celebrations have been cancelled.
Don’t worry – there are still ways to celebrate your Canadian pride thanks to some pretty cool virtual celebrations.
D.D.O. Virtual Canada Day Celebration
The city of Dollard has a full day of activities planned for you. Beginning at 8 a.m. with a short address, you can spend your day colouring, dancing, crafting (tie-dye activity anymore??) and even enjoy some virtual Zumba.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2176388029174495/ for the day’s schedule.
Canada Day – MTL 2020
On July 1st at 7 p.m, MTL-2020 will present a 60-minute series of pre-recorded performances that showcase Montréal’s cultural diversity in an unprecedented format, all while complying with public health authority guidelines and respecting the existing social distancing measures. Stars of the Quebec musical scene took part in this spectacle in an emblematic venue of the city of Montréal. It is the first show without an audience in the heart of the Olympic Stadium grounds, a historic event!
Visit https://canadadaymtl.ca/en/ to watch the show.
Canada Day Virtual fireworks
Yup, you heard right. At 10 pm, local time, point your smartphone or tablet to the night sky and a 3-minute show displaying 3D fireworks will begin. The augmented reality experience will give you the same visual and sound effects as a real fireworks display!
Visit www.canada.ca for details.
Abbotsford Canada Day Pet Parade
Even though Abbotsford is on the other side of the country, it’s worth tuning in to their virtual Canada Day celebration – because there’s a pet parade! There will also be performances by local artists.
Head to abbotsford.ca/canadaday for details.
Oh Canada! Canada Day 2020 virtually
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Heritage cancelled the in-person Canada Day festivities in Ottawa-Gatineau. Instead, they will broadcast two shows online:
The Canada Day Daytime show will broadcast on the Canadian Heritage Facebook page from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will be hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord and will feature the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Paul Brandt, Julie Nesrallah and the Atlantic Ballet of Canada.
The Canada Day Evening Show will broadcast on the Canadian Heritage YouTube page from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will feature Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Alan Doyle, The Sheepdogs and Ria Mae.