Unique ways to celebrate Canada Day inspired by our national icons

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day and fireworks, community events and backyard barbecues are all commonly enjoyed on July 1. But if you’re looking to do something a little more unique, consider incorporating these national icons into your festivities.

The maple leaf

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While the red leaf on our flag is that of the sugar maple, there are in fact 10 species of maple that grow across the country. This Canada Day, why not plant one of these trees in your yard? Alternatively, you could simply slather some pancakes with maple syrup and call it Canadian pride. Bonus points if you serve them with Canadian bacon.


While its exact origins are hotly debated, hockey as we know it today is firmly rooted in Canadian history and culture. Since your neighbour-hood rink is likely closed for the season, consider playing a game of street hockey to work up an appetite for your Canada Day barbecue.

The beaver 

While a number of animals serve as Canadian symbols, it’s the beaver that’s most recognized as a national icon. This isn’t surprising given that our country was largely founded on trading beaver pelts. Since you probably won’t see a real beaver on Canada Day, why not indulge in a Beaver Tail pastry instead? This quintessential Canadian treat is a delicious way to celebrate our country.

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