Canada Day guide: BBQ ideas, crafts, trivia and more

Calling all Canucks! Celebrate Canada Day with a backyard party complete with crafts, festive food and a cool dessert.

By Emily Piccinin

Canada Day guide: BBQ ideas, crafts, trivia and more

Photo: Tony Lanz

Happy Birthday, Canada. What better way to celebrate than by gathering your nearest and dearest to paint the town red (and white)? Print our Canada Day invitation and ask your guests to arrive in their patriotic-coloured attire, of course. Arrange red and white balloons and streamers, as well as hockey and lacrosse sticks, around the yard for a dash of national pride.

Canada Day Crafts Glue Gun Photo: Tony Lanz

ActivitiesAt the crafting area, the kiddos will enjoy creating patriotic windsocks (find full instructions here). You can join in, too, by cutting up red and white tissue paper into tiny squares for confetti­, which will come in handy when the fireworks begin. Pick up instruments like kazoos and tambourines from your local dollar store, so your tiny maestros can proudly rattle their music-makers as the confetti flutters down to mark Canada’s big day.

Hand painted Canadian flag Photo: Tony Lanz

FingerpaintingSet up a crafting area where kids will make their very own Canadian flags on mini canvasses. They can use their hands to create the maple leaf and their fingerprints to fill in the sides.

Dance floorOrganize a dance space and play songs by Canadian artists so everyone can get their groove on. Let’s hear it for some Shania Twain!

Map it outArrange a large map of Canada on a table and ask kids to name a province. Use our Canadian landmarks printables and have them match the cut-outs to the correct provinces.

FoodFor the menu, serve party sandwiches cut into maple leaves with a cookie cutter—the same cutter can be used for slices of watermelon, too. Make sliders and adorn them with little Canadian flags taped to toothpicks. A hearty poutine will make the best side dish. For dessert? Serve up bowls of strawberry and vanilla ice cream, topped with berries. Dig in!

This article was originally published on Jun 16, 2018