What’s Going on This Canada Day?

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Canada Day may be inconveniently occurring on a Wednesday this year, making it a bit tough to do a big celebration like a weekend out at the cottage or a few nights back home with your family, but that does not mean that you cannot get out and celebrate the birthday of the nation. All across the region, plenty of groups are putting on festivities and events, including the University of Waterloo. Here are some that might interest you as you prepare to enjoy your well-earned day off.

University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebration, Columbia Lake Fields

The largest Canada Day celebration in the area is happening right here on campus. There are a diverse range of events including waterslides, face painting, and photo booths. Food trucks will be providing nourishment and a beer garden will quench your thirst. At 6:30PM, Juno-Award winning The Stumbellas take to the stage with a performance which promises to have you “singing along with them in no time.” Then a second Canadian sound, Kim Michell, will be up to play his hits before the evening ends in fireworks at 10PM. Find more information at

Canada Day in DTK, Kitchener City Hall

The city of Kitchener is hosting a big fun celebration on Canada day which they are calling “Canada Day in DTK (DownTown Kitchener).” The festivities are scheduled to start at 4PM and last all the way to midnight. Along with all of the delicious fare you can usually find from the food vendors in the downtown, you can join the party at a licensed beer garden set up for the day. You will enjoy an evening of live Canadian music culminating in fireworks launched from the roof of the Kitchener City Hall. Bands set to play include local talent Heaven Through Hell, Acquaintance, and Bad Girls. The headliners are Hollerado, Fefe Dobson, and Treble Charger. Keep an eye on the event at for when they release a schedule of the performances.

Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day, Riverside Park

Cambridge might be a little far from most of us who study all the way up in Waterloo, but the 200 goes all the way down, and it might be worth the trip. For its celebration, the City of Cambridge has, of course, the apparently quintessential live bands and beer garden. However, they also have a large number of more unique events. In the morning there is a Fishing Derby, and a parade at 1PM. If neither of those things catches your eye, how about a carnival full of games and rides? There is also three showings of the UltiMutts Dog Show, a theatrical event in which pooches perform stunts and tricks. Finally, end the day with some 9:30PM fireworks. For a full listing of times and events, go to and check it out.


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