Canada Day 2013 Events in the Maritimes

I’ve always thought of Canada Day as the start of summer.

You know those kids that never win anything? That was me. But when I was about 7, I won a trophy for my entry into the Canada Day bicycle parade of the (very small) town in Ontario that we lived in. I suppose that award (for bedecking my bicycle in red and white tissue paper, basically) disposed me to be especially fond of Canada Day. The spectacular fireworks between Windsor and Detroit later in my childhood cemented my love for our national holiday.

If, like me, you’re celebrating Canada Day in the Maritimes this year, here are a few options for you:

Canada Day events in New Brunswick

Saint John

The festivities have already started in the Port City, and there’s a great mix of family-focused events like a parade, free admission to the New Brunswick Museum, and historic trolley rides as well as a poutine cook-off (!) and evening events for the adults. Saint John also takes the cake for the best Canada Day website in New Brunswick.


New Brunswick’s capital city, Fredericton, has a family-friendly Canada Day lineup for you. You can also find them on Twitter: @FtonCanadaDay


The Canada Day celebrations in Oromocto are combined with Pioneer Days, a festival running from June 22 – July 1.


Festivities run from 12pm – 6pm in Riverview, and the town joins with Dieppe and Moncton to put on an evening fireworks show.


Colin James headlines this year’s Canada Day concert in Moncton, and a combo of adult and family activities culminates in a fireworks celebration put on in conjunction with the towns of Riverview and Dieppe.


Caraquet celebrates Canada Day and commemorates the Battle of the Atlantic with a day of festivities organized by the Royal Canadian Legion.

Canada Day celebrations in Nova Scotia


The biggest city in the Maritimes, the Halifax Regional Municipality also puts on a massive Canada Day celebration with events throughout the region.

Kejimkuji National Park

If you’re in the mood for something a bit closer to nature, check out the Canada Day programs at Keji, and mix some camping with your holiday weekend!

Canada Day celebrations in Prince Edward Island


The biggest town in PEI, Charlottetown hosts a weekend of concerts, events, and a massive fireworks display. Our Lady Peace, Hedley, Great Big Sea, and Ludacris are a few of the headliners for the concert series.

Stratford, PEI

For a quieter Canada Day in PEI, check out the events in the town of Stratford, which include a pancake breakfast and antique car show as well as kid-friendly activities like face painting and balloon animals.

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