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5 Activities not to be Missed During the Canada Day Weekend

Credit: Guy Lessard

Québec City will be joining the party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation on the Canada Day long weekend. In fact, the city is hosting major events all year round as part of the celebrations. Here’s an overview of the main attractions for this festive long weekend.

1 Canada Day

There’ll be free family activities at two main sites: Dufferin Terrace (official ceremony, birthday cake) and the Plains of Abraham (games, shows, and activities for kids 0–12). The big Canada Day concert starts at 6 p.m. and features 2Frères, Alex Nevsky, Metric and Billy Talent. It will be capped off by fireworks at 11 p.m..

2 Featured Canadian Attractions

5 Activities not to be Missed During the Canada Day Weekend | Credit:  Musée naval de Québec
Credit: Musée naval de Québec

Make the most of the long weekend by discovering Québec City’s major federal attractions. Visit the Citadelle, the largest British fortress in North America, to soak up over 300 years of military history. Swing by the Naval Museum of Québec to see the Victory Torch, back in Canada for the first time since 1941.

3 First Nations’ Heritage

Wendake Pow Wow. Bringing our Nations together!

Join in the 52nd international Wendake Pow Wow from June 30 to July 2, with hypnotizing performances by First Nations dancers and drummers from across North America.

4 A Unique Exhibition in the Heart of Old Québec

Unusual Passages | Credit:  EXMURO arts publics
Credit: EXMURO arts publics

Take a walk through the Old City to find Unusual Passages, a public art walk made up of nine lighthearted, intriguing installations. Be sure to bring your camera—it’s a great photo op in a unique setting.

5 The City of Québec’s 409th Birthday

Codex Populi

On July 3, it will be Québec City’s turn to celebrate its birthday with the unveiling of Codex Populi, a major sculpture that commemorates the Québec Conference of 1864, a historic event that led to the creation of the Canadian Confederation. Created by artist Ludovic Boney, the work is being donated to the City of Québec and will go up at city hall.

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

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