Canada Day, July 1, 2013

Thousands of people gathering on Parliament Hill on Canada Day.
© Picture NCC

We are proud of the nation we have built together over the last 146 years. Since the earliest days of our history, Canada has been a land of promise. We have built a society that celebrates achievement and excellence, while at the same time maintaining a strong respect for human rights. Our participation in Celebrate Canada activities brings us together, strengthens our communities, and helps us understand the significance of the citizenship we all share.

Parliament Hill in Ottawa

We celebrate Canada Day in grand style in the nation's capital. Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to Parliament Hill to take part in the Canada Day Noon Show with the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This year, we will be highlighting the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station as well as featuring celebrations from London and New York. As we celebrate Canada's 146th birthday, we celebrate our legacy, our pride and our possibilities!

The 2013 show will include a protocol ceremony and a spectacular flyby of CF 18s and Snowbirds. The following great Canadian talents will offer an unforgettable show:

  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Terri Clark
  • Metric
  • Marie Mai
  • Karim Ouellet
  • Measha Bruggergosman
  • Jennifer Gillis
  • Special Appearance by Chris Hadfield

National Capital Region

National Capital Commission Web site

Events continue throughout the day in the National Capital Region, including the Evening Show on Parliament Hill, and end with the traditional Canada Day fireworks.

For more information, visit and take a look at the 2013 Canada Day Activities.

Across the country

Contact your Canadian Heritage Regional Office for information on Canada Day activities taking place near you.

Joins your friends and family, and take part in local community celebrations to mark this important day for all Canadians!

Canadian Heritage resource

Learn more about the History of Canada Day.