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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Have fun

Browse our list of original activity ideas for family fun, games and quality time. Get moving, be creative, discover and above all, have fun!

Hide and seek!

Keep your eyes open, pay close attention and have fun spotting known Canadian symbols: beavers, Maple Leafs, the Maple Leaf Tartan, lacrosse sticks and the RCMP. Print and share!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Let's start chalking!

Make the best of the art of chalk drawing by bringing life and colours into unconventional outdoor residential spaces. Watch Nova Scotia's very own Chalkmaster demonstrate how simple it is to find creativity and fun anywhere!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Home Jammin'

The conductor of Baratanga awaits you for an electrifying percussion session. Using accessories found at home, you’re invited to take part in choreography and experience a percussion jam that’s out of the ordinary.

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


A labyrinth from coast to coast to coast

Can you get across Canada through this labyrinth? Try going from A to B to C by touching all 11 Canadian symbols, by touching none of them, or by going from A to C in the shortest route. Have fun and try all 3!

Presented by: Canadian Heritage


Indigenous words colouring pages

The National Arts Center is sharing colouring pages with Indigenous words from across Turtle Island. They feature artwork created by Indigenous artists from the regions where these languages are spoken. Join us in colouring in these pages and share your work!

Presented by: National Arts Centre


Explore the universe from your own backyard!

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invite you to try a night sky observation activity using a star finder (to be printed) and mobile applications. You can find all of the information on the CSA website.

Presented by: Canadian Space Agency


Sustainable foraging: Edible weeds found in people’s backyards across Canada

Learn how to identify common specimens such as dandelions, which are safe, bountiful and fun, while focusing on conservation and sustainability that won’t affect the pollinators and biodiversity balance. The video also showcases ideas of what to do with these specimens, for example, condiments that add flavour to BBQ meals.

Presented by: Canadian Museum of Nature


7-Day Champion Challenge by Team Canada Champion Chats

This year, for Canada Day 2021, Team Canada Champion Chats (TCCC) challenges you to a 7-day Champion Challenge to show your Canadian pride and cheer on our Team Canada athletes.

Presented by: Team Canada Champion Chats is a nationwide program hosted by Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, and Classroom Champions


Canada Day camp-in

On Canada Day, Parks Canada invites you to a camping event… at home! For this home getaway, we invite you to pitch your tent, share campfire stories and BBQ your favourite recipes! Parks Canada put together their best ideas for a memorable backyard camping experience!

Presented by: Parks Canada


Olympic Sports Day

Catch the excitement of the Olympic Games by hosting an Olympic Sports Day this year on Canada Day 2021! This is your chance to experience your own Olympic Games. Turn your next summer adventure into a true Olympic celebration!

Presented by: Canadian Olympic Committee


Canada Day colouring pages

Add your own creative touch to the printable colouring pages celebrating the Canadian Armed Forces! Share a photo of your artwork on social media or hang your finished colouring pages somewhere people are bound to see them.

Presented by: National Defense


#CanadaMoves: The National Arts Centre’s Canada Day celebration dance

Create your own choreography for Canada Day! The playful “movement kit,” for all skill levels, includes gestures for all the letters of the word C-A-N-A-D-A to be chained together as you create your own dance. Download the soundtrack, record your performance and share it on your social media!

Presented by: National Arts Centre


The ultimate active Canada Day guide to keep you moving

While we may not be able to celebrate in large groups this year, we can still come together through physical activity. This Canada Day long weekend, grab those in your household, and celebrate our country’s rich physical activity history through daily activity challenges.

Presented by: ParticipACTION


Maple Cheek 2021

You don’t need to be an artist to paint your love of Canada. Learn how to draw a maple leaf quickly and easily with this face-painting hack.

Presented by: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Ready, set, chalk: Let's decorate our communities for Canada Day!

This Canada Day, show your Canadian pride and brighten up your community with this chalk art activity! Share a picture by June 27, 2021, to have your masterpiece featured in the RCMP’s special Canada Day photo gallery on social media.

Presented by: RCMP


Canada Games 'Blood, Sweat & Maple Syrup' Challenge

The Canada Games ‘Blood, Sweat & Maple Syrup’ Challenge is an activity card designed for youth to get physically active while celebrating Canada Day.

Share your challenge activities on social media and tag @canadagames for a chance to win a blood, sweat and maple syrup hoodie! The competition runs from June 17 to July 8, 2021!

Presented by: Canada Games Council


This Canada Day, open your hearts and minds to INCLUSION with Special Olympics Canada

Special Olympics enriches the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power of sport. Every day, individuals with intellectual disabilities challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions to address barriers to inclusion, but they can’t do it alone. Inclusion is a team sport — and our team is Canada.

Presented by: Special Olympics Canada


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