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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July 1, 2021 program

Lights on Canada Day

All across the country there are multi-talented creators who make our culture shine. From Ottawa, Ontario, to Alberta, through Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Yukon, Manitoba and North West Territories, artists marked Canada Day with a program highlighting our resilience and strengthening the ties that unite us.

Watch Lights on Canada Day on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel and get exclusive behind-the-scenes access. During commercial breaks, host Anne-Marie Withenshaw will give you a tour of the studio and take you backstage to meet the entertainment industry professionals and watch the artists in rehearsal, as if you were there.

How to watch

Watch Lights on Canada Day on Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel.


Tim Hortons Canada Day Virtual Fireworks

On July 1, at 10 pm local time, thousands of Canadians will be dazzled by the Tim Hortons Canada Day Virtual Fireworks! Wherever you are in the country, point your smart phone or tablet at the sky and enjoy this 3D fireworks show. This fun and innovative experience will make you feel as if you were there.

Symbol of the Government of Canada
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