Canada Day 2021: A time to reflect

The past year has been emotional for many of us and has sparked at times difficult conversations. Many have experienced Canada Day with conflicting feelings: on the one hand, pride in being Canadian and what we represent as a nation, and, on the other, the pain and shame of darker episodes of our history, the repercussions of which are still felt today.

Canada remains committed to supporting survivors, their families and communities through their healing journeys. Canadians have made it clear that they stand with Indigenous communities across the country in this time of grief. Together, let's keep this momentum of solidarity going and continue learning from each other with open hearts and minds. Let us learn from our past and take the common path of reconciliation, so that we can build a better future together.

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Create a festive atmosphere

Take a look at our suggestions for creating a festive atmosphere and enjoying the pleasures of summer. Whether on your balcony, in your backyard, in a park, at the beach or on a campsite, put your personal touch and create a festive atmosphere!

Crafting Canada Day

On the occasion of Canada Day, create an original work of art that will bring colour to your environment. With help from artist and host Mathieu Fecteau and artist Loriane Thibodeau, discover a unique technique: the art of taut thread. A workshop for toddlers and adults alike!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Origami Canada Day lantern

Follow the instructions of an origami artist to create your very own Canada Day lantern.

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


A Salmon n' Bannock Burger feast

Inez Cook, a proud member of the Nuxalk Nation, collaborates with Indigenous Tourism BC to present a delicious way to grill the bannock burger!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Parliament of Canada 3D model

Calling all aspiring builders! The Parliament buildings in Ottawa are a distinct symbol of the Canadian government and familiar to people around the world. Print, cut and assemble this 3D paper model at home.

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Colour your own Canadian flag

Our national flag, with its iconic red and white stripes and maple leaf, is without a doubt the symbol of Canada. Show off your Canada Day cheer by creating and displaying your own Canadian flag. Print and colour away!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Glutton Burger by Ricardo

Offered in 2020 as part of the first ever virtual Canada Day celebrations, we’re bringing back the Glutton Burger by Ricardo. Create it at home with fresh, locally sourced ingredients!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Lights on Canada Day official Spotify playlist

The Official Canada Day playlist brings together talented Canadian artists participating in the Canada Day 2021 national show.

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Lights on Canada Day official YouTube playlist

The Official Canada Day playlist brings together talented Canadian artists participating in the Canada Day 2021 national show.

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Lights on Canada Day official Stingray Music playlist

The Official Canada Day playlist brings together talented Canadian artists participating in the Canada Day 2021 national show.

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Paper birch bark basket workshop

Learn how to make a paper birch bark basket with Algonquin artist Simon Brascoupé. Using a traditional birch bark basket pattern, learn how these baskets were used and the meaning behind the designs that adorn them. Print out the template and follow along with your own colouring materials, scissors, a stapler or tape, and maybe some ribbon and a hole-punch.

Presented by: National Arts Centre


O Canada sing-along with the NAC Orchestra

Listen to an orchestral arrangement of O Canada directed by NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley, sung by the Ellison Canadian Honour Choir, and accompanied by the NAC Orchestra and 150 young MusicFest Canada performers from across the country.

Presented by: National Arts Centre


Our favourite recipes: Canada Day 2021

Create a multicultural Canada Day feast by following these wonderful recipes featuring cuisine from around the world!

Presented by: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Symbol of the Government of Canada
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