Where to celebrate Canada Day in Waterloo region and Guelph

Looking for something to do this Canada Day weekend? With Columbia Lake in Waterloo scaling back on activities this year, here is a list of other places to visit in Waterloo region and Guelph.

Fireworks, parades and activities planned across Waterloo region and Guelph

Kava Bean Bistro in downtown Kitchener is pictured with decorations for Canada Day. (Carmen Ponciano/ CBC)

If you're looking for something to do this Canada Day Weekend, there is plenty happening in Waterloo region and Guelph.

With Columbia Lake in Waterloo scaling back on the popular Canada Day activities, here is a list of other places you can check out this weekend and where to catch the fireworks.

Fireworks in Waterloo region and Guelph

  • In downtown Kitchener at Carl Zehr Square. Fireworks begin at dusk.
  • In Waterloo at Columbia Lake. Starts at 10 p.m.
  • Cambridge's Riverside Park. Begins at dusk.
  • At the Calvary Assembly on 127 Hespeler Rd., in Cambridge. Starts at 9 p.m.
  • Norm S. Hill Park in New Hamburg. Fireworks light up at dusk.
  • In Ayr at Schmidt Park. Fireworks begin at dusk.
  • Guelph's Riverside Park. Fireworks go live at 10 p.m.

There is also the option to watch fireworks on June 30 at Bingemans' Boston Pizza Kingpin Bowlounge. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

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A lot is happening in Kitchener for Canada Day.

A section of King Street in downtown Kitchener will be closed from College Street to Ontario Street for the day. Live music will happen at the stage throughout the day with several food trucks on site as well.

New this year: a kids zone will be set up near College Street.

A Canada Day picnic will also be happening at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum on Canada Day. Admission is free and people have the choice of bringing their own picnic lunch or purchase a BBQ lunch. 

There will also be a citizenship ceremony at the Woodside National Historic Site starting at 10 a.m.


Head to Betchel Park in Waterloo for the 13th annual Canada Day Ride put together by Great Canadian Bicycle Tours.

The ride kicks off at Bechtel Park and will follow a route headed to Elora. You'll return to Waterloo through the West Montrose covered bridge and loop through the Kissing Bridge Trail. 

If bike rides are not your thing, don't fret. Trinity Church on Conservation Drive will be hosting a free community carnival in the afternoon from noon until 4 p.m.

Check out exotic animals, take part in marble mazes and STEM and robotic activities and more.

There won't be any activities or live music set up at Columbia Lake this year. Organizers have scaled back to just fireworks, which start at 10 p.m.

Kitchener City hall decorated for Canada Day. Downtown Kitchener put on live performances from Canadian country artists. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)


The Cambridge Farmer's Market is set to open its doors on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Canada-themed children's craft station will be running as well.

Head to the old Post Office on the night of June 30 for a 20 minute light show set to music.

Cambridge's Canada Day celebrations will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. Monday. This year, the parade will travel a new route along Concession Road beginning at Trico Drive and ending at Dunbar Road.

Riverside Park will be having a full day of activities and food vendors on Canada Day starting at 8 a.m.


North Dumfries: Schmidt Park in Ayr will be buzzing with live music, children's activities and food vendors on Canada Day staring at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks go live at dusk.

Woolwich Township: Waterloo Central Railway will have a Canada Day steam train rides throughout the day. The ride will be pulled by the Railway's 96-year-old steam engine. 

Wilmot Township: There's plenty to do in New Hamburg on Canada Day. You can have breakfast with Batman in the morning and then head to the vendors' market at 1 p.m.

There will also be other activities to check out through out the day like the Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show, the Orangeman Band.


Plenty of activities will take place at Guelph's Riverside Park on Sunday and Canada Day Monday. The festivities kick off Sunday at noon and wrap up Monday night with musical fireworks starting at 10 p.m.

A free fireworks shuttle will also be running on Canada Day. The city of Guelph will have bus shuttles from the Guelph Central Station at 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Shuttles will depart from platforms 5 and 20. 

Shuttle buses will then be stationed at the Woodlawn Road entrance to Riverside Park. The shuttle bus will leave at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Additional shuttles will be parked on Woolwich Street at Speedvale Avenue. Shuttle buses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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