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Celebrate Canada Day in Vaughan

Looking for family-fun this Canada Day long weekend? Visit Vaughan for great events, shopping, dining and more!

Plan your long weekend in Vaughan to experience all of the family fun, events, and Canada Day celebrations! Whether you’re looking for some fun activities for you and your crew, or you have family visiting from out of town and want to show off all that Vaughan has to offer, we have the perfect list of things to do this long weekend. Looking to shop, dine, play or stay – Vaughan’s got you covered!

Vaughan Celebrates Canada Day

Monday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is FREE.

Join the celebration for the City of Vaughan’s annual Canada Day celebration, taking place at Boyd Conservation Area Park (8739 Islington Ave.). The event features incredible stage entertainment – including headlining act Kardinal Offishall – activities for all ages, a delicious food zone, marketplace and so, so much more! This award-winning Canada Day Celebration includes fun for the whole family!

Pack your Canada Day full of fun, including:

  • Arts, crafts and interactive activities
  • Axe throwing (18+) and inflatable axe throwing (all ages)
  • Bubble zone
  • Mini golf
  • 23’ inflatable slide
  • Hockey and curling fun
  • Recreation activities
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Sensory Bus
  • Ping pong and foosball
  • Stilt walkers

If you’d prefer to sit back, enjoy some delicious eats and entertainment, be sure to look out for performances throughout the day by:

  • Springcreek Dancers and Singers
  • Earth Rangers
  • Bex in Motion
  • Joaquin Nunez and Habana Safari
  • Dance Together Project and Naach For Fun
  • The Redhill Valleys
  • Jordyn Sugar
  • Kreative in Dance Styles

You won’t want to miss this incredible celebration!

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Celebration Canada at Canada's Wonderland

Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Included with Park Admission

Make sure you add in Canada’s Wonderland’s Celebration Canada to your long weekend calendars! This special celebration offers a fulsome Canadian experience, with live music and traditional indigenous performances, authentic Canadian eats, street performers, and more; in addition to the already-incredible Canadian thrills you can experience at the park! Celebration Canada is one of the biggest Canada Day celebrations in the Greater Toronto Area, and you definitely won’t want to miss it!

The celebration kicks off with two nights of spectacular fireworks, on Sunday, June 30 and on Canada Day, Monday, July 1. The fireworks displays begin when the park closes at 10p.m. (weather permitting), and lasts for roughly 15 minutes. Each of Canada’s Wonderland’s fireworks shows has a unique, custom-design set to an original soundtrack that you won’t find anywhere else! So, cap off your weekend with a light show in the night sky!

colourful fireworks display behind roller coaster at night

Get in touch with Canadian Art History at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket pricing available online

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a major public gallery uniquely devoted to collecting the art of Canada, with its home in Vaughan’s village of Kleinburg. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our beautiful country than by spending it learning the history of art and culture in Canada. The gallery’s permanent collection includes over 7,000 artworks by famous Canadian artists Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Metis, Inuit and contemporary artists – all who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. And while you’re here, don’t forget to spend some time walking the gallery grounds and exploring on-site trails!

Looking for a fun and educational activity to enjoy with the family over the long weekend? Take a trip to the McMichael and check out one of the current exhibitions:


Two adults and a young child looking at painting hanging on a light blue wall.

A trip isn’t complete without filling your belly with the best eats – because what’s more memorable than a delicious meal! Whether you’re looking for comfort food, food that feels like home or you want to refresh your palette with something new – Vaughan has the spot for you. With over 800 restaurants, bars and cafés, round out your trip with the perfect dining experiences by planning with our dining directory.

There’s so much to do in Vaughan, you won’t be able to fit it all into one day! Plan your Canada Day long weekend staycation, with a stay at one of our luxury accommodations, family-friendly hotels and inns to make sure you can see all the sights, and eat all the bites, without running out of time! Check out our accommodations directory for all our amazing stays that will have Vaughan feeling like your home away from home.

We want to see how you explore Vaughan this Canada Day long weekend! Don’t forget to follow and tag us @visitvaughan in all of your adventures, and use the hashtag #VisitVaughan in your Instagram posts!

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