There is no shortage of activities to choose from for Canada Day Celebrations around Cape Breton. Many communities are hosting a variety of family-oriented daytime activities and nighttime fireworks shows. The July 1 statutory holiday commemorates the enactment of the British North America Act in 1867, an event that united separate British colonies into the modern nation state of Canada.
For those looking to start celebrating early, there is a Canada’s Birthday Eve Party with Evolution at Rollie’s Wharf, North Sydney. Tickets are $10, available at the door or by calling 794-8870. Admission is 19 and over, with all proceeds being put towards the Northside Hospital Foundation.
There are plenty of family-oriented outdoor events happening throughout the CBRM in Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford, and the other communities within the municipality. Westmount will hold a Canada Day Parade at 11am on Westmount Road. Following the parade will be a picnic at the Petersfield Park at 1pm with children’s activities, live entertainment, and concessions.
The community of Louisbourg will host an all-day celebration at the S&L railway station.
Beyond the CBRM, there are plenty of options for celebrating Canada’s founding. The Highland Village at Iona will have free admission on July 1 in honour of Canada Day, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a true-to-life typical Gaelic settlement. The living history museum works to research, collect, preserve and share Gaelic heritage and culture in Nova Scotia. The Highland Village and gift shop will be open 9:30am to 5:30pm.
In Margaree Forks, the Drs. Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library will host a full afternoon and evening of events, beginning at 2:00pm with readings and discussion with Linden MacIntyre, Donna Morrissey, and Frank MacDonald. At 3:00pm outdoor activities will kick off with a picnic basket auction, ice cream vendor, and children’s games. The celebrations continue into the evening with more family activities Southwest Margaree Recreation Playground at 7:00pm, with fireworks at dusk.
On the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, the community of Bay St. Lawrence will hold their annual Canada Day family fun day with a barbecue and fireworks.
For all the Canada Day event information consult our Event Calendar and let us know of any celebration we may have missed in the comments section below.