Canada Day Celebrated at Parliament Hill: Beware of the Heat!


Canada’s 151st birthday will take place on Parliament Hill, in the hottest day since the country started celebrating Canada Day.

Today, the temperature will rise in the national capital to a morning low of 20 C, but it will get to a high of 32 C. Unfortunately, the humidity will add 10 C more to the real feel.

Back in 1963, the highest temperature recorded on 1st of July was 36.7 C. Then, the annual celebration of Canada Day was called Dominion Day, changing its name in 1983.

The public health agency advises participants that celebrate Canada Day in the city to find shelter and avoid overexposure to the sun, avoid activities that require physical effort, drink many fluids, but avoid caffeine or alcohol – to keep hydrated.

For those that were expecting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Parliament Hill celebration, you won’t see him in person. He will visit Leamington, Ont., Regina and Dawson City, Yukon and will appear via video from Leamington for the public on Parliament Hill.

Canada Day Event Schedule

8 – 9 a.m. ET – Algonquin blessing of the grounds, and a protocol ceremony held by First Nations.

9 – 9:15 a.m. ET: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation young drummers and throat singers will perform.

9:30 to 10 a.m. ET and 10:30 to 11 a.m. ET:  Samajam musical workshops.

10 – 10:30 a.m. ET: Carillon concert.

12 – 1:30 p.m. ET: Canada Day noon show featuring Arkells, Brigitte Boisjoli, Iskwé, Jean-Marc Couture, Lights, Martina Ortiz Luis, Queen Ka and Rose Cousins. In this period, the first Canadian Forces Snowbirds flyby will take place.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET: Indigenous filmmakers present short films.

5:30 – 6 p.m. ET:  Aerial display performed by Canadian Forces Snowbirds

7:00 to 10 p.m. ET: Canada Day evening show with Arkells, Boogat, Brigitte Boisjoli, DJ Shub, Elijah Woods, Iskwé, Jamie Fine, Jean-Marc Couture, Klô Pelgag, Lights, The Dead South, Rose Cousins, and Ruth B.

10 – 10:15 p.m. ET: Canada Day fireworks display. It will include 1,300 aerial shells that will be launched from the Astrolabe at Nepean Point. For a great view, you can see the fireworks from Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa and along the Ottawa River, or from the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec.


Andre Blair s is the lead editor for He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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