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How to Spend your Country's Birthday

May 30, 2017

How to Spend your Country's Birthday

With July right around the corner, it is hard to forget that Canada Day and the Fourth of July are sneaking up on us. As a Canadian, I’ve always loved celebrating Canada Day with my friends and family. I’ve compiled a few ideas for you about how you and your family could spend the holiday in nature (because the world is so beautiful)!

Hiking or a Nature Walk: In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada made access to Canada Parks free this year. With no fee and so many natural oases in the country, it is hard to say no to a nice hike in one of Canada’s beautiful gems. There are so many stunning locations in the United States as well! No matter where you live, a hike or nature walk in a local park is an excellent way to exercise as a family while bonding and enjoying the scenery.

Picnic in the Park: Picnics are amazing because you have so much freedom. You can bring your favourite foods to an outdoor location of choice and munch away. The best part is that no matter where you live, there will be somewhere close by that would be nice for a picnic. Even if you just end up sitting on a blanket in your backyard, a meal in the sun will be nice. Think about bringing a board game, books, a frisbee or a ball for family bonding after your meal.

Fun by the Water: Go to a lake near you or rafting down a river if you’re fortunate enough to live near one of the two. If you don’t happen to live near a waterfront, or prefer swimming indoor, find a pool or waterpark near you for a day of fun!

Bike Adventures: Whether you’re able to go to a park, around your city, or just through your neighbourhood, biking as a family is a great way to bond while staying active! Going on an adventure through your favourite local park or around the city to see the festivities is a great way to spend the day.

If none of these ideas sound appealing to you, try checking online for interesting events near you. Often, there are parades, barbecues, and fireworks in celebration of the day. As well, many popular streets and venues hold celebrations and have food trucks. No matter what you end up doing, celebrating the national holiday is an amazing way to spend time with the family and an excuse to get outside for the weekend, just don’t forget your water, snacks, and sunscreen!