Canada Day 2014: Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do in Waterloo Region

Looking for fun way to celebrate Canada's birthday? Check out these suggestions for true patriot fun across the region and beyond.
There are Canada Day celebrations across Waterloo Region and beyond. Check out our list of things to do mark our country's birthday. (Aqnus Febriyant/Shutterstock)

Kitchener City Hall Canada Day celebrations with Sloan

5:00 - 11:00 p.m.

King Street in front of Kitchener City Hall

Canadian icons Sloan headline the downtown Kitchener Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday, hitting the stage at 9:20 p.m. There will be fireworks from the roof of City Hall at 10:40 p.m., as well as beer gardens and performances by Old Man Markley, King Roller, Wayfarer and Amberwood. 

In the meantime, check out one of my favourite Sloan songs to get you ready to celebrate Canada Day:

University of Waterloo 30th Annual Canada Day Celebration

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Columbia Lake Fields, University of Waterloo, near Columbia St. W. and Westmount Rd. N. 

The University of Waterloo's annual celebration has something for everyone. The kids stage features performances by entertainers Splash'N Boots starting at 4:15 p.m., plus aboriginal hoop dancing and drumming, magician Scott Hammell. In the field, there will be inflatable rides, face painting, the Stilt Guys, a slip 'n slide, a mascot dance-off and even a photo booth. On the Canada Day stage, indy rockers Born Ruffians open at 7:00 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m., Steven Page performs. Everything wraps up with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. 

Cambridge Canada Day

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Riverside Park, 49 King St. West, Cambridge

The day starts with a fishing derby at 8:00 a.m., while the rest of day kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. There's a carnival, dog show, children's activities, beer gardens and food vendors. Don't miss  the Canada Day Parade at 1:00 p.m. or the fireworks, which begin around 9:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Region Museum Canada Day 

9:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

10 Huron Rd, Kitchener

Admission to the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village is free on Canada Day. There will be fun games for the whole family and musical performances. The museum recommends bringing your own picnic lunch. 

New Hamburg Canada Day Duck Race

4:00 p.m. 

Race starts at the waterwheel on the Nith River, downtown New Hamburg

The annual New Hamburg Duck Race is back. The race floats off near the town's famous waterwheel in downtown New Hamburg. If your rubber ducky wins the race, you'll take home $1000, while the second-place duck gets $500. If you don't win, fear not, there are also ten raffles for $50. You can buy tickets, aka ducks, until 3:30 p.m. on the day of the race at the duck table set up near the entrance to Scott Park, off of Huron St.