Canada Day Fireworks
Canada Day fireworks in Ottawa near the National Gallery of Canada. Photo by Christopher Dunn.

Fireworks in Ottawa - LCaino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light moves to the Museum of Canadian History for 2014

We love fireworks in Ottawa. The biggest show of all is on July 1 for Canada Day. There's also the annual firework competition known as the Casino du Lac Leamy Sound of Light in August. And we fire off pyrotechnics for Victoria Day, New Year's Eve, Winterlude and more.

JULY 1, 2014: Canada Day Fireworks on Parliament Hill

  • Fireworks go off as part the grand finale of the mainstage show on Parliament Hill, just after 10:00pm, weather permitting.
  • The fireworks are set off from Nepean Point, just behind the National Gallery.
  • The 2013 fireworks show included: 1177 fireworks items, 1133 aerial shells — including 74 of the largest shells allowed in Canada — and 44 multi-shot items, for a total of 2354 projectiles.
  • You can watch them from Parliament Hill, but for better view, head to Jacques Cartier Park and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, Victoria Island, and along the banks of the Ottawa River downtown.
  • One of our favourite viewing spots is along the river, just east of Lebreton Flats behind the National Archives and Supreme Court. You can access it via the bike paths where Wellington meets the Portage Bridge.
  • Alexandra Bridge is closed to traffic throughout the day, and to pedestrians after 6pm.
  • What to wear: Even though it's July, it can get cool by the time the fireworks start. So maybe a pair of jeans and a red sweater? And don't forget the bug spray, eh?
  • And for more (much more) about Canada Day activities in Ottawa & the surrounding area, please visit our Canada Day Guide...

JULY 1, 2013: More Canada Day Fireworks around our region.

  • Additional fireworks displays take place at Queen Juliana Park, Barrhaven, Kanata, Orleans, Osgoode Village, Greely, Dunrobin, Carleton Place, Kemptville, Pakenham, and several other communities and towns in our area. For more info about these smaller community events, visit our Canada Day Community Listings.


Fireworks By-law will be enforced Canada Day weekend

  • The City of Ottawa wants to remind residents that anyone partaking in fireworks displays over the Canada Day weekend should do so in a safe and courteous manner. Read more...

Les grands feux. Fireworks by the USA team at the 2010 event. Photo by Steve Boyton.
Les grands feux au Lac Leamy. Fireworks by the USA team at the August 2010 event. Photo by Steve Boyton.

AUGUST 2014: Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light moves to the Museum of Canadian History for 2014

Officially known as Les grands feux du Casino du Lac-Leamy, or the Casino du Lac Leamy Sound of Light. It's an annual fireworks competition is moving to a new location at the Museum of Canadian History.

Starting on August 2nd to 16th of this year, and for subsequent years; citizens and visitors will enjoy the event at the Canadian Museum of History, while the fireworks will be launched over the Ottawa River.

"After eighteen years of great work at Leamy Lake, the event has reached its full maturity" said Anny Spooner, General Manager of the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light. "We needed to develop a renewed long-term vision, which led us to this move. With this ambitious and bold change, we believe this new location will put us in a better position to develop our event and to get the most out of future regional projects. Our aim is to redefine the areas postcards!"

By moving to the Canadian Museum of History, the event will also benefit from the visibility offered by the most visited museum in the country. It will also take advantage of the enchanting natural scenery, the permanent infrastructure and the museums strategic positioning, being easily accessible by the regions two public transport services.


(More info from the official press release...)


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