Queen Juliana Park
Family and children’s activities abound at the Canada Day in the Park Festival, running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 850 Carling Ave. near Preston Street.
Activities include a bubble bounce amusement park, musical entertainment, midway rides and games, a petting zoo, pony rides, a beer tent, a car show and live musical entertainment.
A fireworks show caps off the day at 10:15 p.m.
Admission and parking are free.
Canadian War Museum
With free admission, activities include an optical illusions workshop in conjunction with the Camouflage exhibit, a percussion workshop and a concert by the Coastal Sound Children’s Choir.
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Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau
Start off Canada Day on an active note. The Canada Day 5K run starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 1K run for kids at 9 a.m. and the 3K family walk at 9:15 a.m. Afterward, stay for entertainment and food.
For thousands, Parliament Hill will be the place to be when Canada celebrates its 143rd birthday.
There will be a flag raising ceremony at 9:30 a.m., the Changing of the Guard, the RCMP musical ride, a demonstration by Canada’s Snowbirds, street art and dance.
Noon and evening shows will feature performances by the Barenaked Ladies, Isabelle Boulay and more, and, of course, fireworks at night.
Check out the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, free, at Confederation Park.
Performers throughout the day include Jill Zmud, 11 a.m.; the Bluesberries, noon; Tambura Rasa, 1 p.m.; the TD Jazz Youth Summit, 2 p.m.; SHAD, 3 p.m.; Lorraine Desmarais Big Band, 4 p.m.; Elliott Brood, 5 p.m.; and Owen Pallett at 6 p.m.