What's on for Canada Day in Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut

Hay River, N.W.T., has 800 hotdogs on standby and the village of Mayo, Yukon, will drop 100 pounds of peanuts from a helicopter. Find out what's happening in your community.
This Dornier 228 adorned with the Canadian flag belongs to Nomad Air. It's mostly used as a charter for the mining industry but owner Dale Panchyshyn plans to fly it over Whitehorse on Canada Day. (Max Leighton/CBC)

Hay River, N.W.T., has 800 hotdogs on standby and 100 pounds of peanuts will fall from the air today in Mayo, Yukon. Here's a by no means exhaustive sampling of what's happening across the North in celebration of Canada Day.


Some communities are sticking with tradition. For the 50th anniversary of the St. Elias Lion's Club, Haines Junction is inviting former members back.

Mount Lorne is hosting its annual community barbecue and potluck. "We're the most fun people and we definitely have the best food out here," says Agnes Seitz, executive director of the Mount Lorne community association.

Many communities are celebrating with food, like the village of Mayo, which is dropping 100 pounds of peanuts from a helicopter in celebration of Canada Day.

Dawson City is hosting a gold panning competition and a pancake breakfast with sourdough from the Chilkoot. Paul Robitaille with the Klondike Visitor's Association says patriotism runs high in Dawson.

"We're as Canadian as it comes," he says. "I mean, how much more Canadian can you get than when you live in the Yukon and you cut your own wood and mine your own gold and that type of thing?"

In Whitehorse, events at Shipyards Park kick off with the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. The Canada Day parade along second avenue starts at 11 a.m. at Main Street and ends at Shipyards Park. At noon, dignitaries are expected to attend a Canadian Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony for new citizens. Other activities and events run until 6 p.m.


It will be fun and games in many N.W.T. communities Tuesday. 

Behchoko is holding a cribbage and horseshoe tournament, and a canoe race in the evening, while Tsiigehtchic is having a triathlon where people will canoe, run and bike.

​Paulatuk will have a bicycle-decorating contest, and games. In one event, organizer Aaron Ruben says the winning team will be the one better at not smiling.

"If they don't smile, they just go back to the centre and try another person again, but if the person smiles . . . I guess it keeps going till everyone has a chance to go in the centre."

Hay River's Canada Day parade starts at 10:30 a.m. along Woodland Drive, and there will be a flag raising outside the fire hall at 11:45. Organizers have bought 800 hotdogs for a community barbecue that runs from 11:30 to 2 p.m. at the Recreation Centre.

And in Yellowknife, the annual Canada Day parade begins at 11 a.m. at Ruth Inch Memorial Pool and runs north along Franklin Avenue to 48 Street, ending at Sir John Franklin High School. Afterwards there will be music and circus performers at Somba K'e Civic Plaza from noon to 3:30 p.m.


Cambridge Bay is holding a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. in front of the hamlet office, followed by a fun run, a golf tournament, a softball tournament and a free barbecue at the baseball diamond from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Iqaluit is holding a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Arctic Winter Games arena. A parade starts at noon at the Arctic Winter Games arena, ending at Nakasuk school in time for the civic Canada Day ceremony at 1 p.m. in the school's field. From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a barbecue provided by the Royal Canadian Legion and children's activities. 

And the annual Alianait festival continues Canada Day in Iqaluit. Today's activities include an Inuit country jam and a throat-singing workshop at 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. There will also be Inuit games with Johnny Issaluk at 1 p.m., and a free Canada-Day concert in the Big Top Tent at 2 p.m. with Etulu & Udjualuk Etidloie, Old Seed, Carly Dow and Northern Haze.