July 1 is just around the corner, and this year it promises to be no ordinary Canada Day. 2017 is an important year for the nation. We’re turning 150 years old, and the country is planning a celebration worthy of its sesquicentennial anniversary.
As the country’s capital, Ottawa is priming to be the ultimate destination for birthday festivities, but it may be difficult to attend if you haven’t already booked your hotel. The crew at Abacus Self Storage has heard the city is already noticing a shortage of accommodations as people from all corners of Canada and the world plan to celebrate in the capital, so last-minute trips may pose a challenge.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Ottawa this year. It’s not the only place where you can celebrate being a Canuck. Cities from coast to coast to coast are joining in on the festivities, and there’s bound to be a party wherever you call home.
In Abacus Self Storage’s hometown, Richmond Hill, the party is set to go off with a bang. Fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky at 10pm at the Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park but that’s not all. An entire day’s worth of activities is planned at the park before the pyrotechnics show.
There’s going to be an all-day Canadiana Pavilion where you can share your Canadian pride; a local marketplace of the region’s best retail and service providers; an art exhibit showcasing local arts and artisans, accompanied with hands-on activities and artist demonstrations; a children’s village and teen zone; 150-themed interactive areas; Indigenous entertainment; and a lumberjack show.
All day under the sunshine will leave you both hungry and thirsty. The whole family can swing by the food pavilion for international delights, and parents can enjoy the beer garden for food and an adult beverage on an outdoor patio.
Our neighbours to the south are planning an even bigger event. If you’re willing to brave the traffic or TTC on July 1, you’ll want to check out what Toronto has to offer. It’s one of several metropolises that have celebrations planned over multiple days. Nathan Phillips Square is showcasing the city’s cultural diversity with music, street arts, and dance performances from June 30 to July 3, with the likes of Barenaked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Ron Sexsmith as headliners.
On the big day, Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West, and Mel Lastman Square will join in, acting as host to a variety of musical guests, including Deen Squad and Basia Bulat. Each location will top off the final performance with a breathtaking display of fireworks.
There are more fun activities planned throughout the city before, on, and even after July 1. To see what the City of Toronto has in store, check out this page to get a full list of celebrations. Wherever you end up partying, we know you’ll be too busy enjoying the day to worry about mini storage or packing supplies, but we’ll be there when you’ve recovered from the festivities.
When you’re ready to find your summer storage solution, get in touch. Until then, enjoy Canada’s big 150!
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