Fireworks and fun: Where to light up your Canada Day in Winnipeg

People looking to celebrate Canada Day in Manitoba's capital can find plenty of action-packed fun across the city on holiday Monday.

Holiday Monday festivities will be firing up from the Forks to farmers' market

Coco the Pomeranian, Pepper the Sheltie-Scottish Terrier mix and Maedex the Scottish Terrier were three dogs who took prizes in the Osborne Village BIZ first annual "patriotic pet" parade. (CBC)

People looking to celebrate Canada Day in the nation's geographic centre can find plenty of action-packed fun in Winnipeg on holiday Monday.

Although most local grocers and retailers are prevented from opening their doors, the provincial law permits select exceptions so beer vendors, cannabis shops, restaurants and government-run liquor stores can remain open.

That law doesn't stop Manitobans from raising Canadian flags and painting the town red.


  • St. Norbert Farmers' Market: Early light show takes place at 7 p.m.
  • The Forks: Late-night celebrations go out with a bang at 11 p.m.

Before the light show

  • Assiniboine Park: Find free entertainment and activities for all ages at the Lyric Theatre from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The outdoor patio at The Pavillion will be transformed into beer gardens, serving up food and cold beverages.

    The Assiniboine Park Zoo will be offering discounted admission all day, with free admission for children under age five.

    The Assiniboine Park Conservancy encourages people to choose active transportation, or park and ride for free from the Canadian Mennonite University at 500 Shaftesbury Blvd. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Canada Day spectators take in musical performances at the Lyric Theatre in Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park. (CBC)
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Museum visitors pay a special fee of $5 for entry on July 1, which will get them access to the Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit. The Prairie Voices choir is expected to perform at 11 a.m. outside the museum, alongside the museum's outdoor pop-up boutique.
  • River East Collegiate: Everyone is welcome to join refugees and newcomers under the flag at 295 Sutton Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Look for the crowd and tents for free food and activities for the family.
  • St. Norbert Farmers' Market: Visit the market from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for produce and goods made, baked and grown in Manitoba, as well as magic shows, song and dance. Fireworks will be set off at dusk, after the shops close.
  • Osborne Village: The main road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the Osborne Street Festival, which ends Monday evening after the final performances and beer gardens shut down. Paws hit the streets at noon as part of a patriotic pet parade.
A sign along the Trans-Canada Highway just east of Winnipeg marks the geographical centre of the country. (Larry Trush)