Ways to Celebrate #Canada150 for Under $150

Ways to Celebrate #Canada150 for Under $150

There will be no shortage of things to do this Canada-Day long weekend. From coast to coast, the festivities have kicked into overdrive this year in light of Canada’s 150th birthday. And in advance of the holiday, you may already be anticipating how much you’re going to spend.

Are you going to celebrate with a good ol’ backyard barbecue? A family picnic on the beach? A trip to the local amusement park or museum?

The money spent on these activities can quickly add up, but there are many ways to celebrate #Canada150 while on a budget.

Whether you’re with the kids, hanging out with friends, or celebrating solo this year, here’s our list of the best and most unique beaches, concerts, festivals, and experiences the country has to offer this long weekend for $150 or less.

Enjoy your #Canada150 on us!

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BC

Go for a sky gondola ride

City: Squamish
Date/Hours: Open daily (weather permits)
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Sea To Sky Gondola allows you to experience Howe Sound from 885 metres above sea level. These sky gondolas (think of an enclosed ski lift) can fit up to eight people if you plan on taking your family and friends. Once you reach the top, you also have access to numerous hiking trails, rock climbing and more.
Admission: An adult ticket costs the most at $39.95 online. A family pass (for two adults and two kids) costs $103.95.

Watch Magic! and Hedley perform

City: Surrey
Date/Hours: July 1 – 7 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations are being held at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, featuring amusement rides, ziplines, a firework display, and food trucks galore. But the real highlight of the day is sure to be a performance by JUNO-winning Canadians Magic! at 7 p.m. and Hedley at 9 p.m.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Have afternoon tea at the Fairmont

City: Vancouver
Date/Hours: Open daily; Sittings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Fancy an afternoon tea? The Fairmont Vancouver has created a special tea service this year in light of Canada’s 150th birthday, featuring teas and treats from across the nation.
Admission:  An adult ticket costs $59, and a child ticket (12 and under) costs $29.50.

Alberta

Watch Tegan and Sara perform live

City: Calgary
Date/Hours: July 1 – 10 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Calgary’s Canada Day festivities on Riverfront Avenue are closing with a free performance by JUNO-winning pop group Tegan and Sara and a spectacular fireworks show.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Go to a CFL game

City: Edmonton
Date/Hours: June 30 – 8 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Watch a battle of East vs. West at the Commonwealth Stadium as the Edmonton Eskimos face off against the Montreal Alouettes.
Admission: Tickets range from $32 to $89.

Run through five kilometres of foam

City: Leduc
Date/Hours: July 1 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: The City of Leduc is initiating its annual Canada Day celebration with a 5K Foam Fest – a five-kilometre obstacle course featuring 22+ obstacles, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits, and, of course, a whole lot of foam.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Saskatchewan

Go to the Royal Canadian Circus

City: Saskatoon
Date/Hours: Open daily; Shows at noon, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Who doesn’t love a good clown? The Royal Canadian Circus is making a stop at the Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon for the long weekend, showcasing an all-new thrill show. The Spectac!2017 show features gravity-defying acrobats, aerialists, and more.
Admission: Tickets are $25 per person.

Have brunch with Biggie

City: Saskatoon
Date/Hours: July 1 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Family-Friendly? No, due to explicit song lyrics.
Info: Enjoy brunch while listening to the best in East Coast hip hop in this tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. at Capitol Music Club’s Biggie Brunch.
Admission: A ticket is $15.99 per person and includes brunch and a mimosa or a glass of domestic draught.

Compete in a watermelon eating contest

City: Regina
Date/Hours: July 1 – 1 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Regina’s Canada Day festivities will be held at the Wascana Centre this year, featuring amusement rides, balloon rides, fireworks, a performance by Marianas Trench, and even a good ol’ fashioned watermelon eating contest. Make mom proud by bringing home the crown.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Manitoba

Compete in the Amazing Race Transcona

City: Winnipeg
Date/Hours: July 1 – 8:30 a.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Get a team together and compete in the Amazing Race Transcona. This interactive scavenger hunt requires teams to find clues all over Transcona for a team grand prize of $150!
Admission: The registration fee per team costs $40.

Join the boat parade at Gimli Harbour

City: Willow Creek
Date/Hours: July 1 – 9 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Prairie Sea Kayak Adventures is celebrating Canada’s 150th by organizing a boat parade at Gimli Harbour. Reserve a kayak, grab some friends and sail away with the parade under the firework display.
Admission: This event is free to watch. A ticket to reserve a kayak and join the parade costs $63 online, or $70 at the event.

Ontario

Go star-gazing on Parliament Hill

City: Ottawa
Date/Hours: July 1
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: The Canada Day festivities in Canada’s capital are sure to be a star-studded event, including performances throughout the day by Cirque du Soleil, Serena Ryder, Alessia Cara, and U2 members, Bono and The Edge.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Take a picture with the world’s largest rubber duck

City: Toronto
Date/Hours: July 1 to July 3
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Don’t miss out on this photo-op. Lake Ontario will be home to the world’s largest rubber duck as it joins the Redpath Waterfront Festival for the weekend. The Festival also offers a family fun zone, an artisan market, and a firework display at the end of the night (July 1).
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Get a tan at Crystal Beach

City: Fort Erie
Date/Hours: Open daily
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Laze the day away on the beautiful sands of Crystal Beach, or bring the kids and some beach toys and have a blast in the clear blue water. On the shore of Lake Erie, this beach is arguably one of the best Ontario has to offer. Don’t forget you can cut costs by just packing a picnic basket instead of buying lunch at the beach!
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Food vendors additional.

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Quebec

Play Giant Baby-Foot

City: Montreal
Date/Hours: July 1 – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: This competition is just one part of Montreal’s Canada Day festivities, which are being held at the Old Port of Montreal. Don’t know what Giant Baby-foot is? Think of a human-sized foosball table, where the people playing are the ones actually kicking the ball. It’s hilarious to watch, and just as fun to play.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

See Billy Talent perform

City: Québec City
Date/Hours: July 1 – 6 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Award-winning Canadian rock band Billy Talent will rock the stage at Québec City’s Canada Day celebration. Other talent set to perform include Metric, Alex Nevsky and 2Frères.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Explore outer space at Cosmodome

City: Laval
Date/Hours: Open daily; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Have a blast at this interactive space science museum. You’ll learn about the great beyond while partaking in various virtual space exploration missions.
Admission: A ticket for one mission costs $16.50 for adults, $13 for students who are seven-years-old or older, and free for children under seven. A family pass (for two adults and two children) costs $45.

Pretend you’re on vacation at Clock Tower Beach

City: Montreal
Date/Hours: Open daily
Family-Friendly? Yes, until 5 p.m. (18+)
Info: Located in Old Port Montreal, Clock Tower Beach offers an escape from the city life… while still in the city. Though you can’t go swimming at this “beach”, you can sit back in the sand under a parasol and enjoy the firework display over the St. Lawrence River on Canada Day.
Admission: General admission costs $2 per person, or $5 per person from 5 p.m. on July 1 (18+).

Newfoundland

Check out Simple Plan live

City: St. John’s
Date/Hours: June 30 – 7 p.m.
Family-Friendly? No; 19+ event
Info: Multiple JUNO, MMVA and Teen Choice award winner Simple Plan joins the 33rd annual George Street Festival in St. John’s.
Admission: A ticket cost $30 per person.

Tour the Western Brook Pond

City: Rocky Harbour
Date/Hours: Availability varies
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Home to a plethora of wildlife, waterfalls and glaciers, the Western Brook Pond is a fjord located in Gros Morne National Park, which also hosts a portion of the Appalachian Mountains. This scenic boat tour usually lasts about two hours.
Admission: A ticket cost $62 per person.

Have breakfast on top of Signal Hill

City: St. John’s
Date/Hours: July 1 – 6 a.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Start your Canada Day bright and early, watching the sunrise on top of Signal Hill, and help yourself to breakfast after for free!
Admission: Free admission.

New Brunswick

Go ziplining at Cape Enrage

City: Waterside
Date/Hours: Open daily
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Feel the thrill of ziplining over the Bay of Fundy, one of the marine wonders of the world.
Admission: A ticket costs $50 per person and includes three runs.

Eat (lots of) salmon

City: Campbellton
Date/Hours: June 27 – July 2
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: The City of Campbellton holds an annual salmon festival, celebrating its native Restigouche salmon. Enjoy family activities, a parade, live entertainment, a Miss Salmon Festival pageant, a firework show, and no shortage of salmon treats.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Rides and food vendors additional.

Nova Scotia

Bounce around to Deadmau5 live

City: Halifax
Date/Hours: July 1
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: The giant mouse-headed EDM DJ is scheduled to play the City of Halifax’s Canada Day concert on the Halifax Common.
Admission: Free admission.

Join a massive water fight

City: Wolfville
Date/Hours: July 1 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Bring family and friends out to join in this annual tradition and get wet. Every year, on Canada Day, Willow Park hosts a park-wide water fight, complete with water balloons and water guns to divvy up between the teams.
Admission: Free admission.

PEI

Explore the Tall Ships Regatta

City: Charlottetown
Date/Hours: June 30 to July 2
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: The Tall Ships Regatta will be stopping at the Port Charlottetown and Queen’s Wharf, giving sightseers an opportunity to explore the decks before continuing their transatlantic race. The ships started their race in the United Kingdom on April 13 and finish in France this September.
Admission: Free admission.

Yukon

Spend the day relaxing at the Takhini Hot Pools

City: Whitehorse
Date/Hours: Open daily; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Soak in the natural mineral waters of Takhini Hot Springs and enjoy the mountain view.
Admission: Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for youth, and $9 for children. A family pass (max. five people) costs $30.

NWT

Enjoy the parade

City: Yellowknife
Date/Hours: July 1 – 12 p.m.
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Grab some lawn chairs or a blanket and watch the Canada Day parade go down the streets of Yellowknife past City Hall.
Admission: Free admission to grounds. Food vendors additional.

Nunavut

See Prince Charles and Camilla

City: Iqaluit
Date/Hours: June 29 – 1:55 p.m
Family-Friendly? Yes
Info: Catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as they kick off their three-day tour of Canada in Nunavut, and join a community feast open to the public at Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.
Admission: Free to spectate.

 

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