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.

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

Activities
At 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

Fingerpainting
Set 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 floor
Organize 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 out
Arrange 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.

 

Food
For 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!

Read more:
10 funny facts about Canada
19 best Parks Canada attractions for families
100 best Canadian kids’ books of all time 

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