10 ways to celebrate Canada Day in Montreal

Canada Day celebrations in the Old Port of Montreal. Lee Brown/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Just a week after the Fête nationale du Québec may seem a bit quick to some to have yet another party celebrating nationalism, but that’s how we roll in la belle province!

From fireworks in the Old Port, to a Sortilèges on Mont Royal, to Abbamania in the Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School parking lot, here’s a look at where the Canada’s 147th birthday celebrations are happening in Montreal.

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Canada Day Parade
A tradition for 36 years, the Canada Day Parade sets off at 11 a.m. on Sainte Catherine Street at Fort Avenue.

The parade wends its way through downtown Montreal, ending up at Philips Square, where an enormous birthday cake will be served.

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The 1.22 metre by 2.44 metre dessert can feed up to 2,500 people, who can then take in the live shows and a dance troupe and take a moment play on the on-site inflatables.

All activities, cake and water are free of charge.

For more information, check out the Montreal Canada Day Parade website.

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Old Port celebrations
The biggest Canada Day event in the city takes place on federal land at the Old Port of Montreal.

The celebrations kick off at 11 a.m. with an official swearing in ceremony for new Canadians, followed by a taste of traditional Canada Day cake and a 21-cannon salute.

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Until 8 p.m., there are activity tents with historical and thematic tours of each of the Canadian provinces and territories, an inflatable village and face-painting fun.

Leading up the the fireworks display at 10:15 p.m., there is a closing show featuring Michael Murphy, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, Élizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite, Sunny Duval and more.

For more information, visit the Old Port Canada Day celebrations website.

A glimpse of the fireworks display in Montreal’s Old Port. Mario Beauregard/The Canadian Press

Mont Royal
On Canada Day, the Friends of the Mountain are holding a concert from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Chalet du Mont-Royal.

It features Odaya, a group of young women from the Association of Indigenous Women of Quebec in Kahnawake, who create, sing and celebrate the richness of First Nations cultures.

Visitors will then be invited to take part in traditional folk dancing with the Folklore Ensemble Les Sortilèges.

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After the show, the Friends of the Mountain will share the history and architecture of the Chalet with bilingual guided visits.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Mountain website.

Montrealers take part in traditional dancing with the Folklore Ensemble Les Sortilèges in 2013. Les Amis de la montagne

Beaconsfield family fun
Celebrate Canada Day with an action-and-fun-filled day in Beaconsfield playing inflatable games and Cross Canada mini golf, watching dance performances from The Bernadette Short School of Irish Dance, Les Pieds Légers de Laval and Les Bons Diables and enjoying a “reasonably priced” BBQ.

There’s an impressive circus act scheduled at 7 p.m. by Les improbables, some great Celtic-Canadian music by Salty Dog starts at 8:30 and the fireworks are set to go off at 10 p.m.

It all kicks off in Centennial Park at 1 p.m.

For full details, visit the City of Beaconsfield website.

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Salty Dog is a Canadian band from Montreal, specializing in Celtic, Maritime and Irish music. Salty Dog

Dollard-des-Ormeaux gets its Canada on
Come out and show your Canadian pride as Canada celebrates its 147th anniversary with lots of fun and free entertainment for the whole family, including inflatable games, live bands, fireworks, arts-n-crafts for kids and the Becket Players.

Food and drinks will be sold on site at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux civic centre.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.

For more information, visit the DDO city website.

The Becket Players are volunteer performers based in Montreal who create shows to raise money for children’s needs around the world. The Becket Players

Celebrate Canada Day in Dorval with the Hellbound Hepcats
Bring your family and kick off the summer with friends and neighbours at the Dorval Canada Day celebrations.

There will be games for all ages, kiosks, a BBQ and some super shows, including a variety of local performers and the Hellbound Hepcats at Millenium Park along Lakeshore Drive at Sevigny from 3 p.m.

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The Pyromusical fireworks are set to kick off at 10 p.m.

For more information, visit the City of Dorval website.

Montreal rock-a-billies and hardworking rock’n’rollers The Hellbound Hepcats. Alexander Brown/Hellbound Hepcats

Abbamania, parades, fireworks and more in Pierrefonds
Sure to please both the young and the young-at-heart, Canada Day celebrations in Pierrefonds kick off at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Borough Hall with a family show with Henri Godon, which is followed by line dancing in the street.

At 8:15 p.m., the Evening Fireflies Parade leaves from the corner of Des Sources and Pierrefonds Boulevards, headed to the Borough Hall. This inspiring parade brings together representatives from over 20 local organizations, who will walk along Pierrefonds Boulevard carrying all sorts of different types of lights and lanterns.

Then it’s an outdoor concert extravaganza with Abbamania in the Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School parking lot.

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The fireworks are scheduled to go off at 10:30 p.m.

For full details, visit the City of Dorval website.

Abbamania are coming to Dorval to celebrate Canada Day!. City of Dorval

Pointe-Claire family fun
Bring your family to Bourgeau Park to celebrate Canada Day with activities and entertainment for the entire family starting at 1 p.m., including giant inflatable games, musical performances, a parade in the Village, face painting and BBQs on site.

There will be red and white yoga, free swimming at the pool and fantastic music from the Big Band Club Orchestra, That Darn Kat, G12, McZees, The Contractors, The Lincolns, Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra and Standby Blues.

If you’re one of the first 50 people in the park with your bike, you can get $3 in free concession tickets by showing a photo of yourself with your bike and the event schedule on your mobile device at the information booth.

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For more info, visit the Pointe-Claire website.

The Standby Blues are playing in Pointe-Claire for the city’s Canada Day celebrations. Standby Blues

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue’s dance at the branch
Everyone is welcome to come watch the raising of the flag, listen to live music, including bag pipes, get their face painted and enjoy supper and dancing at local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

To find out more, visit the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue’s website.


Flag raising on Canada Day in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in 2010. City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

Westmount camping, BBQ and splash bash
Come celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday in Westmount Park with activities for the whole family, including camping, a toonie pankcake breakfast and a BBQ held on the roof of the Westmount Recreation Centre.

From 2 p.m., there will be a splash bash at the Westmount Pool with games, prizes, and of course, Canada Day cake.

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For more information, visit the City of Westmount website.

Westount Park in Montreal. Courtesy Tourisme Montreal


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