More than 3,000 Winnipeggers posed in front of the Manitoba legislature to form the flag on Canada Day in 2012. (Downtown BIZ)
You only get one day a year to celebrate Canada, which means there's a lot of pack into 24 hours. Here's a quick list of what to do, where to go and what you'll see when you get there.
Where: The Forks
When: noon till 11 pm
One of the most popular gathering spots to celebrate Canada's birthday is always The Forks. Which is why they've programmed everything from traditional drumming to giant boardgames like Connect Four and Jenga. There will also be a lot of live music, with several stages going all day featuring performances by This Hisses, Sweet Alibi, The Treble and Imaginary Cities with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to name a few. There is also a free bicycle valet service and fireworks will be fired up at 11 pm.
Where: Royal Canadian Mint
When: 9 am - 5 pm
Live music from JP Hoe and Ça Claque will be piping out over the expansive grounds. The Mint will also be open for free tours, there will be clowns, balloon artists, face painters and some bouncy castley things. A BBQ lunch will also be catered by Danny's Whole Hog Barbeque. But that you have to pay for.
What: Living Canadian flag
Where: The Legislative Grounds
When: 9:30 am - 12 pm
What better way to celebrate than by wearing red and white and being a part of the third annual Canada Day Living Flag? Free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 2,000 people.
There will be prizes, performers and maybe, you?
Where: Assiniboine Park
When: 1 pm - 11 pm
There's the zoo, the Nature Playground and all the other usual activities, but there will also be lots of family friendly entertainment including Winnipeg drummers Fubuki Daiko, Eagle and Hawk and Victoria Duffield. There will also be face painting, magicians, a giant cake and lots of space to let your kids run wild after they eat that cake. Free park and ride service is available at the Canadian Mennonite University and Asper Jewish Community Campus. Fireworks start at 10:40 pm.
Where: Osborne Village
When: June 30 from 6 pm to 11 pm and July 1 from 11 am - 11 pm
If you've always wanted to stroll through the Village unimpeded by cars, this is your chance. If you get there early you can also belt out the national anthem and watch the flag raising at the corner of River and Stradbrook. There will be live music on four separate stages, a street hockey tournament, yoga and fitness displays and a family zone with stuff just for the kids, like skateboard demos courtesy of SK8 and a performance by Al Simmons.
What: Steam train ride
Where: Prairie Dog Central Railway
When: 11 am - 2:30 pm
Cost: $26.95 for adults/$19.95 for kids
Take a ride on Steam Locomotive No.3 as the Prairie Dog Central, Canada's oldest, regularly scheduled operating vintage steam locomotive. This trip will chug along the prairies to Grosse Isle where there will be live music and freshly baked pies!
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