The coming long weekend promises to be filled with lots of red, white, maple leafs and national pride, as we celebrate the birth of Canada on July 1st. As the Birthplace of Confederation, Charlottetown is the perfect place to get your fill of fireworks, patio drinks, BBQs, live music and other celebratory indulgences. Here are just a few colourful and Canadian-inspired ways to fill up your weekend:
Take in The Young Company’s Free Musical
Canada Day marks the debut of The Young Company’s 2016 show, The Voices of Canada, a 50-minute exploration of Canada’s rich cultural mosaic and heritage. Head to the Confederation Centre of the Arts open-air amphitheatre for this free musical and prepare to be mesmerized as some of the brightest emerging performers from across Canada present this high-energy celebration, weaving song, dance and legend into a stunning kaleidoscope of movement and colour. Show starts at noon and runs daily from Monday through Saturday (July 1st to August 20th, 2016)
Check Out the Canada Day Activities at Victoria Park
Victoria Park will be buzzing all day and well into the evening on July 1st, as the City of Charlottetown hosts a slew of free and family-friendly Canada Day activities starting at 11.30am and ending with the always much-anticipated fireworks display at 10pm. A 10-hour concert starting at noon will keep audiences of all ages entertained, while face painting, horse & wagon rides, a petting zoo and plenty more are will ensure the kids are kept busy! Food vendors will also be on-site, so bring your appetite.
Join the Brakish! Canada Day Keg Party
For many Canadians, celebrating the nation’s birth goes hand-in-hand with enjoying a nice, cold beer or two. This year, the waterfront eatery Brakish will be hosting a Canada Day Keg Party, complete with live music, BBQ food and the chance to sample 14 craft beers. Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy your bevies while lounging in their new Brak’Yard, an outdoor grassy area alongside their patio – perfect for wiling away the hours people-watching and spending time with good friends.
Immerse Yourself in The Story of Confederation
The Story of Confederation offers visitors the opportunity to experience Province House in Prince Edward Island National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work. The Upper Foyer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts has been transformed into a stunning replica of the historic Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference. Check out the film ‘Building a Destiny’ and learn more about the role Charlottetown played in Confederation.
Free Admission. Open Mon – Sat (9am to 5pm) and Sundays (12pm to 5pm)
Have a Canada Day Picnic
If you’re looking to get away from it all for a couple of hours, why not pack a picnic basket full of goodies and head to one of the City squares or to a nearby beach. Pick up delicious lunch fare at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, Leonhard’s Cafe Riverview Market, Receiver Coffee Co. or another food purveyor. And don’t forget to bring along a sweet treat – Cows Chips are a favourite amongst locals, though they melt quickly so you may need to eat them before the rest of your lunch!
Take a Walking Tour
Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie or simply want to learn a bit more about Charlottetown by traveling on foot, there’s a walking tour just for you. Join up with the Confederation Players, a troupe of bilingual costumed Canadians trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation, for an entertaining and informative stroll through historic downtown Charlottetown. If you’re a foodie at heart, you may want to treat your tastebuds to a culinary walking tour of Charlottetown with Experience PEI - you’ll get a taste of history amidst the seafood, beer and other samples too!
And no matter how you spend the upcoming Canada Day long weekend, be sure you take time to visit Sir John A. MacDonald’s statue on the corner of Queen St and Richmond and bid him a good day. After all, he’s the most famous Father of Confederation and Canada’s first Prime Minister.
Happy Canada Day!