Five Fun Things To Do In Waterloo Region – Canada Day Edition

From frogs to photos, and the best places in Waterloo Region to watch the fireworks on Canada Day, our online host Andrea Bellemare (with a little help from Craig Norris) has you covered.
Canada, spelled out with sparklers, in a long-exposure photo. Check out our recommendations for Canada Day in Waterloo Region. (iStockphoto)

1. Frog Slog

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Have you ever wondered about the habitats and life-cycles of local frogs, toads, salamanders and turtles? Of course you have! On Saturday, Laurel Creek Conservation Area wants your help to hunt (search for, not..y'know...the other kind) for some of their resident reptiles and amphibians. Hands-on learning at its finest! Plus, each participant will get to make their own sticky frog to take home. I hope that's not what it sounds like. I'm sure it's some sort of craft. 

2. Waterloo Summer Concert Series

Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Every Sunday, the City of Waterloo invites you to Waterloo Park for some great local live music.  A new perfomer will be featured each week. This Sunday, check out Waterloo Region's New Horizons Band, they're a group of amateur musicians who get together to learn and make music together.

3. Jason Brown photo exhibit

Kitchener City Hall Rotunda Award-winning photographer Jason Brown's work has been exhibited all over Ontario. His latest work, "You Seem To Be Where I Belong", is July's installation in Kitchener City Hall's Rotunda. This collection takes us "down quiet roads", presenting "an unexpected view on how our sometimes out-of-date and sometimes out-of-place occupation of the Canadian landscape connects and brings us together as a society." The photos are really quite stunning. Jason Brown's site:

4. Stratford's Heritage Horse Carriage Rides

Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4:00 p.m. Leaving from Memorial Gardens, enjoy an informative horse and carriage ride with a guide explaining the heritage highlights of Stratford's many historical buildings throughout the heart of the city. Sure, it'll be informative, but that doesn't mean it won't be fun!

5. Canada Day Celebrations:

Monday July 1 There are a bunch of ways in the region to celebrate Canada's 146th birthday!

Kitchener City Hall Performances start at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks at 10:00 pm Performing: Dragonette, along with The Stanfields, Wayfarer, The Bosswich, Teen Violence.

University of Waterloo 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Performing: Spirit of the West and Hollerado perform at 7:00 p.m. Ronno, a children’s singer-songwriter will also perform,  and Wij the Magician.

Cambridge, Riverside Park A parade at 12:00 noon, a fishing derby, bands, carnival. Tons to see and do here. Balloon art for the kids and pony rides! Plus, Ryan "6 Pack" Lapadat does his strongman show.

Guelph, Riverside Park 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Petting zoo, midway, inflatable bouncing games, carousel rides, pony rides, train rides & more. Fireworks at dusk. Music from The Royal City Big Band, Coro Cantitalia, John Licari & more.