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5 Activities not to be Missed During the Canada Day Weekend

Credit: Guy Lessard

The month of July always gets off to a great start in Québec City. July 1 is Canada Day and you’ll find fun things to see and do. Here are our top picks for the summer long weekend:

1 Canada Day

Join the people who’ll be celebrating Canada’s national holiday in Québec City on July 1. Kickstart your day with a morning workout session. If you prefer restful contemplation, a special Canada Day Mass will be held at Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral. This will be followed by an official ceremony on Dufferin Terrace, with a raising of the Canadian flag and free cake from Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

In the afternoon, families are invited to the Plains of Abraham, where there’ll be tons of fun for kids, like facepainting, inflatable games, a treasure hunt, and a kid’s show. Night-time is music time, at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand, followed by a closing fireworks celebration starting at 10 p.m.

2 Free Admission at Parks Canada

Artillery Park Credit: Parcs Canada Zoom

Love history? Visit Artillery Park, the Fortifications of Québec, as well as the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux—all national historic sites.

3 First Nations' Heritage

Join in the international Wendake Pow Wow from June 28 to 30, with hypnotizing performances by First Nations dancers and drummers from across North America.

4 A Unique Exhibition in the Heart of Old Québec

Take a walk through the Old City and Saint-Roch neighbourhood to find Unusual Passages, a public art walk made up of nine lighthearted, intriguing installations. Be sure to bring your camera—it’s a great photo op in a unique setting.

5 Baseball and Fireworks

Baseball fans will not want to miss the festive atmosphere during the Les Capitales de Québec game against Shikoku Island on Friday, June 28, which will be followed by fireworks.

See also the complete schedule of events on the Canada Day long weekend

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