Fireworks - Canada Day in the Capital region 2017

On July 1, an amazing 20-minute 17-second pyromusical fireworks show will ignite the Ottawa–Gatineau sky in a spectacular way as of 11 p.m. (weather permitting). The President’s Choice® Canada Day fireworks are a must-see this summer as we celebrate Canada’s extra special year.

This is the largest pyrotechnic show ever presented in the Capital region as part of the Canada Day celebrations. Four Season’s is the show’s theme and the soundtrack is 100% Canadian.

The fireworks will be launched from 5 different locations: Nepean Point, 4 sites along Confederation Boulevard, which includes 2 sites in Ottawa and 2 in Gatineau, resulting in a dazzling and perfectly synchronized pyromusical fireworks show.

The show will include:

  • 15,000 individual fireworks set off around Confederation Boulevard
  • 150 x 200 to 300 mm calibre aerial shells
  • 150 x 50-mm maroons
  • 150 x 75-mm maroons

Best viewing spots

The Canada Day pyromusical fireworks show can be viewed from multiple locations around Confederation Boulevard, the ceremonial and discovery route of our Capital Region. Spectators can also enjoy a magnificent view of the fireworks from Gatineau: another perfect spot to watch Parliament Hill shine!

Here are some great locations for a striking view of the fireworks:

  • The green space behind the Canadian Museum of History, located at 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec.
  • Major’s Hill Park, located west of Mackenzie Avenue between Murray and Rideau Streets, behind the Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario.


Remember that on July 1, the Alexandra Bridge will be closed to vehicles as of 6 a.m. and to pedestrians and cyclists as of 9 p.m. (subject to change without notice).


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