This year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, and Niagara on the Lake is celebrating in a royal way. This birthday bash has something for everyone with a wide variety of exciting events planned:
Canada Day at Fort George
Fort George is hosting Canada Day with free admission, which is a fantastic, family-friendly way to celebrate the big Canada 150. Start your day off right with a pancake breakfast among the flowers in Simcoe Park, then continue the celebration with the 41st Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps in the Canada Day Parade. Wrap up the day with a delicious BBQ dinner, where all the proceeds go to benefit the Friends of Fort George, followed by an evening full of family fun with programs for the kids and live music.
Confederation Celebration Shows
Niagara on the Lake is celebrating all summer long with the first Confederation Celebration, which has concerts and shows from May through September. In June, there’s an event at the Niagara Museum, live music on Father’s Day in the breath-taking Queenston Heights Park, a re-opening of the library, a show at the Oast House Brewery, and a kick-off event of the Canada 150 in Centennial Sports Park. July will keep you busy with live jazz and a performance at the Palatine Hills Estate Winery. In August, you can shop and celebrate at the outlet mall, experience the past at the Niagara Museum, and enjoy a locally-sourced supper at the market in Garrison Village. To wrap things up, September has a gala celebration of the First Parliament, free admission for a day to the Niagara Museum, an air show, and the opening celebration of the Queenston Village Park.
Tall Ships Regatta
Just after Canada Day in Niagara on the Lake, stay in town for the impressive Tall Ships Regatta on July 3rd and 4th. The Riverbeach Road dock area is the location for all the fun. Free tours are available of the Two Tall Ships, the Denis Sullivan and the Mist of Avalon, and you have the opportunity to learn more about tall ships and hear from the crew about life on board.
The Commons Concert at Butler’s Barracks
A Canadian, all-star cast will be rocking out at Butler’s Barracks on July 2nd. Hosted by TV sitcom personas Wayne and Daryl, this will be a star-studded night with performances by City and Colour, Blue Rodeo, The Strumbellas, Stars, and Dear Rouge. The focus is on celebrating the Canada 150 with distinctly Canadian musicians and artwork.
Canada Day at Niagara Falls
Canada Day in Niagara Falls is a non-stop celebration for the high-energy crowd. You can race in a 5KM run, get free birthday cake and face painting at town hall, listen to live music at a variety of locations, view classic cars and local art, cheer for the parade, or watch street entertainment. There is something special planned all day long, and you can join in the fun.