Ottawa

Ottawans reinvent Canada Day celebrations for 2020

With no celebration on Parliament Hill, residents find new ways to show their Canadian pride.

With no celebration on Parliament Hill, residents find new ways to show Canadian pride

Erin Blanchette, left, and Emma Thom, right, enjoy the sun on their walk over the Alexandra Bridge from Quebec, Que., on Canada Day. (Joseph Tunney/CBC)

For the first time in recent memory, Parliament Hill did not host the country's biggest party on Canada Day.

With no formal celebrations on the hill this year, Ottawans instead turned to their neighbourhoods, city parks and beaches to show Canadian pride.

Here's what just a few people in the nation's capital did to celebrate Canada's 153rd year.  

Adegoke Sofumade, third from right, who moved with his family from Nigeria seven years ago, said the pandemic forced him to appreciate the support of friends and family. "It's been really really hard, but ... COVID is going to go and we'll still be standing," he said. (Jean Delisle/CBC)
"Having this big family gives us hope. It gives us comfort," Adegoke Sofumade said. "We are here to help each other, to lift each other's spirits." Sofumade, his family, and the family of several colleagues were enjoying the holiday at Britannia Beach on Wednesday. (Jean Delisle/CBC)
For Crystal Wasney, second adult on the left, her son Colton, and her extended family, Canada Day is about making the most out of this time we have together. It's also about volleyball. (Jean Delisle/CBC)
Hundreds of anti-government and anti-lockdown protesters gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this afternoon. (Joseph Tunney/CBC News)
There was a hodgepodge of messages presented at the protest. While many had complaints against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, others brandished signs decrying public health recommendations to wear masks. (Jean Delisle/CBC)
Parents Neesha, left, and Sunny Khosla, right, take their daughter, Kaya, for a walk in her festive outfit near the ByWard Market. (Joseph Tunney/CBC News)
Stephanie Palie and Kevin Thomas pose with the Ottawa sign near the ByWard Market, with five-month-old Maileen relaxing in the baby carriage. (Joseph Tunney/CBC News)
From the left: Qahtan Hassan and Ingirsir Sarakar arrived in Canada last November from Iraq. It's been a long first year, but they say today is special. "It's the first Canada Day since we [came] from our country," Sarakar said, standing near Britannia Beach. (Jean Delisle/CBC)
Couple Lin Lu, left, and Ziyuan Di, right, enjoy a "chill session" in Major's Hill Park. (Joseph Tunney/CBC)
Mourad Kanani from Tunisia stands with his wife, Suha. Their children Habiba, 3, and Ahmed, 18 months, were both born in Canada. "We are proud they are already Canadian," he said. (Amanda Pfeffer/CBC)

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