Growing up in Ottawa (Canada's capital), I can say that there is NO WHERE else that celebrates Canada Day like Ottawa. Even Will & Kate will be spectators this year! That said, with a few Ottawa trips coming up over the next two weekends, the Mr. and I are holding back this year and celebrating Canada Day in Toronto. We will miss this:
This is what Canada Day means to me. The streets of downtown Ottawa closed and pedestrian-friendly, many many many flags, red and white everywhere, and people breaking out into "Oh Canada" renditions every 5 minutes. Peaceful, friendly, and fun! Oh and don't forget the fireworks - my parents took me to see them right on the hill when I was a young girl and they needed a police escort to get me out because the noise scared me so much!
Alternatively, I have spent a few Canada Day's at cottages relaxing by the water, and when it gets dark the fire. Something a little like this:
Happy Canada Day!