What to do on Canada Day in Waterloo Region 

 Originally Written: June 27, 2012

By  Hanna Trafford

As it happens every year, there are tons of activities for this Canada Day in the cities and towns in Waterloo Region. From festivals to parades, celebrations to fishing derby’s – and of course amazing fireworks!

Here is what you can do:

In Kitchener:

“Urban Canada Day” hosted by the Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Association – at 6:00 p.m. with live music by the Trews and other local artists. Firework will follow at 10:30 p.m.

Th 2012 Southern Ontario Firefit Championships will be held at Sportsworld (June 30th and July 1st). Sponsored by Moose Winooski’s with entertainment by Dave FM – enjoy midway rides, buskers and of course – fireworks.

In Waterloo:

The university of Waterloo will be holding its annual celebration starting at 2:00 p.m.at Columbia Lake. Live music, children’s activities, food vendors, arts and crafts fair will end with 18 minute fireworks display.

In Cambridge:

You won;t want to miss the annual fishing derby – starting at 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Park.The day festivities will include music, games and a beer garden hosted by Grand River Brewing. Annual parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. at King and Bishop Streets and fireworks will start at the park at dusk.

In New Hamburg:

Celebrations will take place at Scott Park and include a car show, musical acts and activities for children

The New Hamburg Board of Trade is also sponsoring the annual rubber duck race at the park. It costs $5 to participate and top prize will be $1,000.

Celebrations will end with fireworks at dusk.

In Elmira:

The Gore Park in Elmira will have live music and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. with the official Canada Day ceremonies and cake cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Important note from the Waterloo Fire Department :

If you are planning to set off your own fireworks, You have to read the instructions included in your packages very carefully. They should be carefully followed and a source of water should be kept close by. Children should not be allowed to set off fireworks and if they are to hold sparkles, they should be fully supervised.

The best idea is to plan to visit fireworks displays that will be set off by experts. Here is where you can go see spectacular fireworks:

  • Columbia Lake, Waterloo – at 10:00 p.m.
  • Kitchener City Hall at 10:30 p.m.
  • Riverside Park, Cambridge – at 9:45 p.m.
  • Scott Park, New Hamburg – at 9:45 p.m.

Have a wonderful Canada Day everyone!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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