Where to watch Canada Day fireworks in Ottawa


Besides the big show downtown, there will be plenty of other fireworks shows in communities across Ottawa on Canada Day. Here’s what we could find!

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The big one

On Canada Day around 11 p.m. thousands of fireworks will be set off at five locations in what Canadian Heritage promises will be “the largest pyrotechnic show ever presented in the Capital region as part of the Canada Day celebrations.”

The show will last 20 minutes and 17 seconds (get it?) and will be set to 100% Canadian soundtrack. The five launching sites are one at Nepean Point and four along Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa and Gatineau.  Some 15,000 fireworks will be launched along Confederation Boulevard.

Canadian Heritage says the best place to watch the fireworks is the Canadian Museum of History. There are also good spots in Major’s Hill Park and on Parliament Hill itself.

New Year’s Eve fireworks in Major’s Hill Park on Dec. 31, 2016. (Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com)


Petrie Island will have a full slate of festivities Friday through Sunday, including fireworks on Canada Day at 10 p.m. More info…


Fireworks will be set off at 9:45 p.m. sharp on the football field of Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville. Check out our event listing for more details…


Kanata is usually one of the larger community events for Canada Day and their fireworks are no different. Show starts at 10 p.m. at Walter Baker Park, 100 Charlie Rogers Way. They’ll also have a full two days of programming, including performances by Finger Eleven and Tomi Swick. More info…

Carleton Place

Carleton Place kicks off their Canada Day event at noon at the Carleton Place Arena. Their “breathtaking” fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. Here are more details on the festivities…


The local celebration starts at 4 p.m. at the Dunrobin Community Centre and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.


The day begins at 4 p.m., wrapping up with fireworks at 10 p.m. at the Corkery Community Centre on Old Almonte Road.


At 10 p.m. in Munster Park


Barrhaven will have four days’ worth of celebration at Clarke Fields Park, starting on June 29 up to July 2. Fireworks on July 1 start at 10 p.m. Full listing…

North Gower

Canada Day in the Gower starts at noon with the annual bike parade, plus lots of other events through the day at Alfred Taylor Rec Centre. Fireworks at dusk (roughly 9:30 p.m.)


Starting with free children’s activities at 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., there’s also a BBQ through the afternoon and the fireworks start at 10 p.m. More info…

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OttawaStart Staff



4 Responses

  1. Ed says:

    Orleans will have fireworks too, at Petrie Island.

  2. Natalie says:

    As a long-time resident of the East End, it is infuriating that such articles rarely include anything East of Downtown. For Ottawa Start to be uninformed of what is taking place at Petrie Island is a disservice to Ottawa residents.

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