What do you have planned for this Canada Day long weekend?

Most of what we post here on the blog is about travelling abroad, but if you’re like me, you’re looking forward to celebrating our wonderful country’s 146th birthday here in Canada.

I’ll be sticking close to home; I’ll probably head down to Canada Place, but my favourite Canada Day so far has been in Ottawa. I was there last year and there really is nothing like it! If you’ve never experienced Canada Day in the Capital, I highly recommend it. There are tons of free concerts and other activities all day long (and well into the night).

Where to go Canada Day 2013

While I had a great time in the heart of the festivities, my favourite part of the day was heading into the National Gallery of Canada (it was free and so are the other museums and galleries in the Capital on July 1!). I got to take a break from the INSANE crowds and the Gallery was virtually empty. I spent half of the afternoon exploring the various collections and celebrating Canada in my own way… with some amazing Canadian art (not to say there aren’t tons of talented non-Canadian artists there too, there are!).

Of course, if you can’t make it to Ottawa, there are tons of other huge celebrations across the nation. In fact, Toronto and Vancouver are the top two destinations celebrate in, according to Travelocity.com. Toronto also has Pride celebrations this weekend (ending Sunday) and according to canada-day.ca, Vancouver boasts the best fireworks in Canada, outside of Ottawa.

So wherever you end up, let’s all change into our red and white, paint our faces, and wave our flags in celebration of the best country in the world (okay, I’m biased, but that’s a hard one to disagree with, right?)!

So, where will you be celebrating? Share your plans with us and your fellow Canadians below.

Happy travels… and Happy Canada Day!

Melissa

Celebrating Canada Day 2013

Jun 27 2013