Canada Day often marks the beginning of summer holidays. It’s the perfect time to gather together with friends and family and celebrate how lucky we are to be Canadian. This particular year marks an extra special occasion due to the fact that Canada is turning 150! Here are some unique ways to celebrate:
What better way to appreciate our beautiful country than to get out and enjoy all that our beautiful landscape has to offer? Strap your little one into a carrier or grab your all-terrain stroller and hit the trail. Try exploring a new path you haven’t been before. Many local cities have excellent maps and guides to help you navigate to local kid-friendly nature hikes. You can even make up a nature scavenger hunt to keep the kids occupied along the way. Find a printable one here.
One of my son’s favourite things to do is to pack a picnic lunch and explore a new area of the city we’ve never been to before. Ramp up your sense of adventure and head out on the road with no particular destination in mind. Find a comfy spot in a nearby meadow or stop for lunch by a lake. Bring along some binoculars and a magnifying glass and keep your eyes peeled for animals and interesting insects.
Even if you aren’t the most crafty person out there, there are tons of really cute ideas online that will inspire you to embrace your inner craftiness. Make a Canadian beaver out of a paper bag and some construction paper. You can also try your hand at a Canada Day pinwheel. Once it’s constructed take it outside for a walk and watch your children squeal with excitement as it spins in the wind. You can even find a plain white t-shirt from your local department store and spend an afternoon tie-dying red and white Canada Day shirts to wear for the day!
Canada has some unique food fare that is truly considered “Canadian.” One of my all-time favourites is of course the poutine. Many local eateries offer their own unique spins on the classic indulgence. Try a Butter Chicken or Tex Mex poutine topped with all of the fixings! Order a few as a family and try a few different combinations. Other foods to sample this Canada Day: Montreal bagels, Eggs Benny with Canadian bacon, along with butter tarts and Nanaimo bars for dessert!
Canada Day is an optimal time to discover new local Canadian artists. If you have a large open green space near you, chances are there is likely to be a talented musician showcasing their talents this Canada Day. Browse the venues in the nearest major city to you and introduce your family to some new musical experiences.
How are you celebrating this Canada Day? Leave a comment below.
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Tiffany Austin is a mom, a wife, writer, and educator living in Canada. Tired of never feeling “good enough” as a new mom, she began a blog to encourage other moms to feel confident and empowered in their own decisions. Her blog, The Good Enuf Mommy, includes everything from helpful parenting advice to product recommendations aimed at making the lives of moms just a little bit easier. Don’t forget to like her Facebook page for more parenting tips and tricks.