This huge country is 145 years old today, and Nova Scotians across the province are invited to Canada Day events big and small.
Did you know Canada means a village or settlement, a name derived from the aboriginal kanata? Or that hockey is our national winter sport but lacrosse is the official summer sport?
Newcomers from foreign lands knew the answers to these queries and to more questions about Canada after studying for their citizenship tests. Today, dozens of them will be sworn in as Canadian citizens during a Canada Day event in Halifax.
A citizenship judge will administer the oaths to all new Canadians. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Pier 21 immigration museum on Marginal Road in the city’s south end. All are welcome.
Here’s a look at other events in the province.
- Dartmouth Triathlon, 7 a.m. start at Lake Banook.
- Free pancake breakfast and flag raising ceremony, 8-9 a.m., presented by Holiday Inn Harbourview, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth.
- Artists on the boardwalk, 10 a.m., Alderney Landing.
- Free concert at Sullivans Pond, 2-4 p.m., featuring Paul Simons, Dartmouth.
- Official Canada Day fireworks, about 10 p.m., Halifax-Dartmouth waterfront.
- 17th Annual Cannabis Day picnic, 1-4:30 p.m., Dartmouth Common.
- Molson Canadian Canada Day concert, featuring Mother Mother, Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold, USS, Kayo, Town Heroes, Soho Ghetto, Scientists of Sound, Dezza, 4-11:59 p.m., Alderney Landing, Dartmouth.
- Free pancake breakfast and flag raising ceremony, 8-9 a.m., presented by Pepsi, Grand Parade, City Hall, Halifax.
- Canada Day picnic, 8-11 p.m., Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, 1209 Marginal Rd., Pier 20, Halifax.
- Official Halifax Canada Day ceremony. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Canada Day proclamation, flypast from 12 Wing Shearwater, cake, and a 21-gun salute, Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Choir and Royal Canadian Navy Stadacona Band, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada. Free admission.
- Family Fun Fest, Noon, Halifax Commons. Face-painting, Discovery Centre exhibits, laser tag, obstacle course.
- Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Parade, 10:30 a.m. start on Spring Garden Road.
- Shakespeare by the Sea, 7 p.m., Point Pleasant Park by Cambridge Battery. Alice in Wonderland.
- Official Canada Day fireworks, about 10 p.m., Halifax-Dartmouth waterfront
REST OF NOVA SCOTIA
- Museum open houses: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax; Highland Village Museum, Victoria County; Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mt. Uniacke.
- Caledonia: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Hunt Park.
- Canso: Stan Rogers Folk Festival, through July 2.
- Fultz House Festivities: 11 a.m., speeches, flag raising, baked beans and brown bread luncheon.
- Greenwood: 14 Wing Community Centre, Church Street, noon-3:30 p.m., Village Civic Grounds, 904 Central Ave., 3:30-10 p.m.
- Halls Harbour: 9:35 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
- Hubbards: Ceilidh on the Cove, 6:30 p.m., wharf at Dauphinee Inn, Hubbards.
- Kejimkujik National Park: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., guided hike, canoe paddle.
- Liverpool: Privateer Days finish Sunday.
- Louisbourg: All day at S and L Railway Station. BBQ, cake, clowns and concert.
- Parks Canada: All parks are free today.
- Rawdon: Annual Canada Day Supper, beans, salads, ham, brown bread, 3-6 p.m., Rawdon District Fire Hall.
- Westmount: Parade, 11 a.m., children’s activities, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Petersfield Park.
- West Pubnico: Musee des Acadiens, 1 p.m., 898 Route 335.
- Weymouth: Canada Day parade, 2 p.m., schedule of events posted on Facebook.
- Yarmouth: Canada Day entertainment, Canada Day kids penny carnival beginnong at noon, fireworks at dusk. Full events list on Facebook