Canada Day Events (1 July)
National Historic Sites
Newfoundland and Labrador
Admission to National Historic Sites and Parks is free on Canada Day, 1 July. Enjoy a piece of cake at every national park and national historic site across the province!
Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
From 11 a.m.–5 p.m. enjoy games for everyone, kids’ face painting, prizes and snacks, entertainment and a scavenger hunt! A world away from the city, you will want to plan to stay for a while at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site.
Castle Hill National Historic Site
Join Castle Hill National Historic Site and the community of Placentia to celebrate Canada Day in the ancient French capital of Newfoundland. Events begin at Castle Hill at 2 p.m. with the raising of the flag, singing of O Canada, greetings by the mayor and dignitaries, and cutting of the Canada Day cake. From 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. enjoy a concert of local music and mingling on the hill or take part in a heritage walking tour through Placentia’s past as you visit ruins of Castle Hill. Finish your day with a sunset ceremony at Castle Hill where you can enjoy the songs and stories of local performers in the fading light of Canada Day.
Gros Morne National Park
We’re stealing the Canada Day limelight and hosting an outdoor concert at the recreation complex (swimming pool) in Rocky Harbour, surrounded by the splendour of Gros Morne National Park. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with music, kids’ activities, cake, and prizes. The featured band, the Idlers, from St. John’s, performs at 8 p.m. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs to stay warm and comfortable. If it rains, the event will be moved to the Gros Morne Arena in Rocky Harbour.
Port au Choix National Historic Site
Happy Birthday Canada! Make your way down the coast for a film screening at Port au Choix National Historic Site. We’ll be unearthing 40-year-old videos to find out more about life in Port au Choix. Of course this is not before the official raising of the flag at 2 p.m.
Ryan Premises National Historic Site
Join the Bonavista Canada Day motorcade as it departs from the Cape Bonavista lighthouse and drives through town to arrive for opening ceremonies at Ryan Premises National Historic Site. Participate in Bonavista’s Canada Day opening ceremonies as we raise the flag, sing O Canada, are greeted by the mayor and other dignitaries and cut the Canada Day cake. Then, enjoy yourself touring the Ryan Premises and testing your skills in games, music, learn how to “Make Fish,” and other fun activities on site. Events are planned in Bonavista for throughout the day.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
At Signal Hill National Historic Site, be amongst the first to wish Canada a happy birthday as the sun rises over St. John’s. Join fellow enthusiastic early birds at 6 a.m. for the annual Sunrise Ceremony. It’s never too early for cake! Enjoy a glass of milk, beautiful singing, and national spirit, all against the beautiful backdrop of Cabot Tower and the Atlantic Ocean. Later in the day take in the Signal Hill Tattoo opening performance at 11 a.m.!
From 11 a.m.–5 p.m. enjoy traditional Newfoundland children’s games (adults are welcome to try as well!), some local foods, kids’ face painting, prizes, entertainment and a scavenger hunt!
Terra Nova National Park
Join us at Terra Nova National Park for a fun-filled day as we celebrate Canada’s birthday carnival-style! The day begins 10 a.m. at the Nature House Activity Centre in Newman Sound campground where kids are invited to two hours of games, relays, activities, face-painting and more! At 12 p.m. at the memorial next to the Visitor Centre there will be an official wreath-laying ceremony in honour of Veterans from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Then, head over to the Visitor Centre for the Canada Day Carnival Celebrations! You will find races, carnival games and other surprises. We will end the day with the singing of O Canada, followed by the cake-cutting ceremony and prize draws.