Formerly known as Dominion Day, Canada Day celebrates the country’s nationhood on July 1, 1867. On that day, the British North American Act created the Canadian federal government, making it the world’s second largest country, an independent dominion of England.

Canadians the world over celebrate with concerts, fireworks, a cookout, and even by dying their hair red and white. Those still living there can also kick back by going to the Calgary Stampede while slurping down some Labatt Blue.

Classic dishes

As members of a relatively young country, Canucks tend to veer toward the informal on their national day and opt for laying on barbecues for family and friends, rather than hosting formal sit-down meals. Old and trusted favorites include poutine, perogies, cabbage rolls, back bacon and Nanaimo Bars for dessert, alongside the ubiquitous hamburgers and hot dogs with bowls brimming with choice salads, pastas and cold cuts.

Local restaurants and bars are getting into the spirit of Canada Day, and with a large contingent of Canadians living and working in the islands, it’s bound to be a big one.

Calico Jack’s

The Seven Mile Beach bar will be hosting what’s reputedly the biggest on-island Canada Day party on Friday from 6 p.m. till close.

Dance under the stars on the sand to overseas band The Brothers Remedy at the Red, White and Bud Light party and chow down on poutine and tasty eatables at the Absolut Caesar bar while quaffing drink specials including Canada Club lemonade, Canada Club beverages and more.

Craft Food & Beverage Co.

Oh Canada! The gourmet gastro pub on West Bay Road enjoys hosting their Canada Day celebrations in good style. Lovers of mouth-watering brews should know that Canadian beers including Flying Monkeys and Mill Street will be on special, as well as Brickworks Canadian cider. Bloody Caesars will also be on special, so form an orderly line for what promises to be a lively day in pleasant company.

Swing by, wear your colors, reminisce about old episodes of Corner Gas or Trailer Park Boys and tuck into the succulent poutine menu with Craft dinner.

P.S. Feel free to sing along to Tragically Hip tunes, which will be blasting out all day.

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