“Port Perry does great displays, and they’re usually done over Lake Scugog, so they can be seen from various vantage points. Downtown Port Perry also has a water playground for kids, so we take our family there first, then stay for the fireworks.”
Jeff Klink
Principal & CEH, Vanquish
Locals in the Township of Scugog and surrounding areas flock to Palmer Park every year to celebrate Canada Day. The festivities start in the morning on Queen Street, with a plethora of food vendors cooking up delicious eats, and creative artisans selling their unique wares. Don’t miss indulging in award-winning drinks from Old Flame Brewing Co., and stick around for the annual parade and the corvette show cruising down Queen. Fireworks start at dusk.

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175 Water Street,
Port Perry


“I’ve watched fireworks at Port Hope’s Town Park (Port Hope Agricultural Park) for nearly 18 years. There’s a hill where everyone puts their blankets and you can sit comfortably, look up and watch the show.”
Nick Lindop
Creative Lead, Synergy Lab
The spectacular fireworks show launches from the pier at 10:15 p.m., but there’s plenty to do at Port Hope’s Town Park Canada Day celebrations. The day’s itinerary often includes an antique car show, yoga in the park, a parade, activity stations (with mini-putt and bouncy castles), refreshment gardens, live music at the bandshell and wagon rides through the downtown area.

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62 McCaul Street, Port Hope porthope.ca

“Growing up, my family’s favourite places to view fireworks was Frenchman’s Bay and Kinsmen Park, both in Pickering. I have fond memories of the celebrations; my favourite part was seeing families, pets and loved ones enjoying time together.”
Allyssa Ramkishun
Client Success Program Lead, Spark Centre

Kinsmen Park has played host to Canada Day celebrations over the last several years, and there’s always a long list of activities for folks to take part in. In recent years, the daytime program has taken place at Esplanade Park, where there’s live entertainment, activities and games for all ages. At 7 p.m., the party moves to Kinsmen Park — hang out and see talented acts perform on the main stage while enjoying dinner from one of the food trucks. The “pyromusical” ends the evening at dusk.   

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Client Success Program Lead,
Spark Centre


Illustration Credit: iStock/Ekaterina Vakhrameeva.

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