Just 8 days until Canada Day!

Come Celebrate With Rotary!

Fun family activities starting at 11:00 am with a musical fireworks finale closing the day about 10:00 pm.

Donations: $5 per person or $10 per family helps support local charities and events.

Help Rotary Pay for this Enjoyable Community Event

What's Happening

  • 10:40 – Welcome
    Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00 – The Wanted
    Distinctive roots band playing a mash-up of country, rockabilly and rock n’ roll
  • 12:00 – Nova Scotia Youth Ambassadors
    Fiddling, French and Gaelic singing, Highland, Acadian and Celtic step dance. What more could you ask for?
  • 1:00 – Silverstones
    Guelph’s Senior Choir, formed in 1980, performing old and new favourites
  • 2:00 – Bottle Kids Band
    Local musicians playing some rockin’ tunes and having some fun!
  • 3:00 – Guelph Celtic Orchestra
    Music and dance with local musicians & dancers performing traditional Celtic music
  • 4:00 – Overtones
    Guelph’s award winning acapella barbershop choir
  • 4:15 – Marching Band with a National Flag Party
    Young Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets will lead the about-to-be new Canadian citizens from the park’s Woolwich Street entrance to the Main Stage area. Join the parade!
  • 4:30 – Citizenship Ceremony
    Join the celebration as 35 people become our newest Canadians
  • 5:30 – Guelph Concert Band
    Guelph’s oldest band, formed in 1878, performing cutting edge & traditional band music
  • 6:30 – John Zadro Trio
    Playing jazz and blues – featuring Andy Klaehn (woodwinds) & Gary Tomlin (percussion)
  • 7:30 – No Fixed Address
    John Licari, Marco Ciardullo & Carmen DiBraccio: an entertaining and energetic rock trio from Hamilton
  • 8:45 – Royal City Big Band
    One of the premiere swing bands in SW Ontario, performing some of the world’s favourite music
  • 9:45 – Announcement of Winners
    including the 50-50 draw, plus Greetings & Countdown
  • 10:00 – Fireworks!
    Our biggest ever display in Guelph!
    PLEASE no fireworks of your own and no dogs!

Download the program PDF here

This is the correct line-up and may differ from previously printed stage schedules.

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  • 11:00 Gayle Akroyd
    Recording artist Gayle Akroyd sings songs by Canadians across the provinces
  • 12:00 Jay Wilson
    Pandora’s Sox presents “Puppets & Songs” a vaudeville-style show for school age children
  • 1:00 Zumba with Karen
    Warm up and Zumba along with Karen and her troupe – fun for the whole family
  • 2:00 Nova Scotia Youth Ambassadors
    An interactive show – try your hand at spoon playing, step or highland dancing, or learn some Gaelic
  • 3:00 Bluebird Barbershop Quartet
    Listen to traditional barbershop music sung acapella by local musicians
  • 4:00 Coro Cantitalia
    Guelph’s well known Italian choir singing traditional favourites
  • 5:00 Jerry Talon
    Join this international artist for an interactive show for the whole family – dance contests, prizes and fun

The Pavilion is the large picnic shelter.

(formerly known as the Seniors’ Tent, on the upper field, east of the Main Stage)

  • 12:00 Brad Woods story telling
    Local story teller Brad telling tales of rivers, parks, birthdays and Guelph
  • 1:15 Seniors’ Bingo
  • 2:15 Family Bingo
  • 3:15- Canada Day Trivia
    So you think you know Canada, eh? Come test your knowledge of Canada’s history!
  • 5:30 Citizenship Get Together
    Our newest Canadians celebrate

(south of the footbridge – the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington brings you the Canada Day Duck Race for the 27th year!)

  • 3:00 Corporate Duck Race
  • 4:15 Main Duck Race – Cheer thousands of little ducks (especially your own) as they compete for great prizes in the great Danby Duck Race
  • 5:00 Duck Colouring Contest – The colouring contest continues all day, so bring the kids down to the Duck Station next to the river. The winner will be announced at around 5:00pm
  • “Selfies” – Be sure to stop by the World of Rotary tent to be welcomed by the Rotary Club of Guelph – your Canada Day In The Park organizers and hosts for the past 25 years. Borrow our Canada Day props and take fun photos at our photo frame as a memory of this special day. Our Canada Day Charity Beaver would love a tooney or looney in return!
  • Water Wagon – Free fresh water all day – just bring your own water bottle for refills
  • Carousel – Free! Rides till 9pm
  • Mini Train – Free! Rides all day, until dusk. Be safe and stay off the tracks!
  • Chess Fest – Free! All ages and playing skills are welcome! Make friends and celebrate Canada’s royal game in the royal city with Friendly Games, Simultaneous Exhibitions and Speed Chess.  All chess boards, pieces and chess clocks will be provided.
  • Chess Tournament – An active tournament with trophies and medals to be won! Register at the Chess Tent by 12 noon. Time control is all moves in 20 minutes. The chief arbiter is a certified International Arbiter. Suggested donation of $10.
  • Children’s Games – Free! The age group 6 and under has their own special play zone to test their skills.  Super fun!  Participation earns a ballot in the draw for a bicycle. There’s even a small bouncy castle for little ones.
  • Petting Zoo – Free! Over 60 cute farm animals waiting to be gently touched, loved and fed. Remember to wash hands afterwards!  A warm water sink is right outside the zoo.
  • Face Painting – Free! Always a favourite!  Located near the carousel entrance. Open till 7:30pm
  • BIObus – Free! Visit the university’s mobile laboratory. Talk to scientists. Check some insects under a microscope!
  • Learn to tie a sailors knot – at the Sea Cadets and Navy League booth
  • Video Games – Free!  Line up for your turn to play a game in the mobile gallery on the upper field. Kids – show your parents what you can do with new video games. Parents – show your kids how you used to play old video games!
  • Bouncy Castles – Free! Four big inflatables, near the Info Tent at the foot of Marilyn Drive
  • Midway Rides – Purchase tickets for rides – well worth it for the huge fun!
  • Guelph Storm – Free! Meet players from the Guelph Storm OHL hockey team and put your scoring skills to the test with a puck shootout.
  • “Come Get Your Geek On” – Free! Roundtable/Genrecon invites you for board games
  • Judo and Jiu-Jitsu – Free!  Watch some demonstrations and try out a few moves on the mat with instructors to help
  • Cheerleading – Free!  Watch some demonstrations and try it out yourself!
  • Duck Races – Watch and cheer from the riverside
  • Meet Radio DJs – Guelph’s favourite radio stations Magic 106.1 and 1460 CJOY will have their usual tent next to the Main Stage. Come and say hello
  • Citizenship Ceremony – watch as 30 new citizens become Canadian on the Main Stage, and reaffirm your own Canadian pride in citizenship – what this day is all about!
  • Fireworks – enjoy our best ever Canada Day, and light up the night with our Rotary glo-sticks on sale at dusk  (Please remember – no fireworks of your own, and no dogs!)
  • $1500 – is the potential grand prize in the Canada Day 50-50 draw supporting the Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington; tickets available at the Info Tent and in the Vendor Village (upper field).  Winner will be contacted and also announced from the Main Stage at 9:45pm
  • Children’s Bicycles (one for a girl, one for a boy) – enter at the Children’s Games area where 6-and-unders have a special play zone.  Each child earns a luck-draw ballot just for trying.
  • Pair of Hillside Weekend Passes – enter a lucky-draw ballot inside the ShelterBox Tent in the Vendor Village (upper field). Guelph’s 34th Hillside Summer Festival at Guelph Lake takes place July 14-16 with a fantastic line up and loads of fun
  • Duck Race Prizes – fantastic prizes to be won.  Check it out:  !  www.gotduck.ca/prizes
  • Family or Portrait Photo Shoot – Professional event and studio photographer, Erin from True Sight Photography, welcomes you to her booth in the Vendor Village where you can enter a luck-draw ballot for a free photo shoot
  • Medals and Trophies  – in the Chess Tournament
  • Various prizes – at different booths
  • Airbrush Angels – Temporary tattoos
  • Cheer On Bears – Cheerleading
  • Creative Henna – Henna painting artist
  • Fidget Spinners – The latest craze, and not just for kids
  • Flag Raiders Paintball – Find out about their fun place
  • Game Asylum – Mobile video game arcade
  • Girl Guides – Learn more
  • Good Neighbour Medical – Learn why every neighbourhood needs local expertise
  • Guelph Ctrl V – Learn more about their virtual reality fun
  • Guelph Energy Plan – Learn more
  • Guelph Humane Society – Learn more
  • Guelph Hydro – Learn more
  • Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition – Learn more about our communities
  • Guelph Storm – Meet players, get autographs, test your goal scoring in the puck shootout
  • Honour Our Canadian Soldiers – Learn and care about our veterans with PTSD, suicides, and honouring their families
  • Indigenous Awareness  – Learn what the Rotary Club of Guelph is doing
  • Just Seems – Visit Michelle and see her fabulous handcrafts; she takes custom orders too to create one-of-a-kind memories
  • Kohbukan Sisu Judo & Jiu Jitsu – Learn more about this sports club, see demonstrations, and try a few moves yourself
  • Kreative Krafts – Visit Kellie and see her gorgeous arts and crafts
  • Moose Lake Dental – Is it ever possible for a dentist visit to be fun? Meet Dr. Rudik and learn about his new and different dental service coming to Guelph this summer!
  • Roundtable / Genrecon – “Come get your geek on” at their tent, and play some board games
  • Scentsy – Visit Julie and find a new world of home and personal fragances
  • Sea Cadets & Navy League – Learn more, and try your hand at sailors’ knots
  • Sealy Karate – Learn more about this sports club
  • ShelterBox – Learn about this Emergency Disaster Relief program, actively supported by Rotary Clubs around the world
  • True Sight Photography – Visit Erin and find out what her professional photography and creative approach can do for you, your family, and also for events
  • World of Rotary – Learn more about Rotary in the world, in Canada, and in Guelph, and say hello to the Rotary Club that has brought you Canada Day In The Park for 25 years!!!  Also snap your keepsake photos at our photo booth to post on social media and remember this special day.

Spoil yourself with tasty delights from over a dozen food vendors!

  • 39 Carden Food Truck – Gourmet treats
  • Alb Softy – Ice cream, slushy
  • Banh Mi Sandwich – Vietnamese baguette and fried dumplings
  • Blue Water Creamery – Ice cream
  • Candyvanman – Candy
  • Chef Scotty Food Truck – Gourmet treats
  • Filipino Fiesta  – BBQ pork, chicken
  • Get Juiced – Juice
  • Kirtida Kitchen – Samosa, curries
  • Manouche Grill – Shawarma, falafel
  • Pierre’s Poutine – Poutine
  • Racky’s – Hotdogs and sausages
  • Riverside Park Concessions (near the carousel) – Hotdogs, sausages
  • Smokin Tony’s BBQ – Pulled pork and chicken
  • St Jacob’s Chicken & Spring Roll – Spring rolls, corn cob, soft drinks
  • Sweet Temptations – Cupcakes, cold teas
  • Triple Treats – Popcorn, cotton candy
  • Information Tent – Got a question?  Come and ask us.  This is also the place for Volunteer Check In, Lost & Found, and 50-50 tickets in support of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington
  • Block Parents – They’ll be helping any children whose parents get lost, and they’ll tell explain how parents become an everyday Block Parent in their neighbourhoods to provide a safe haven for children all the time
  • First Aid – St John Ambulance is on hand to help. Their tent is near the big Bouncy Castles on Marilyn Drive, not far from the Information Tent. Say hello!
  • Parking Assistance – As usual, the Scouts have volunteered to direct parking, and to re-direct vehicles once the park is full. It’s a great help! If you are lucky enough to park inside Riverside Park, remember that no vehicles will be allowed in or out between 8:30pm and 11:30pm when the surrounding roads are closed for pedestrian safety.
  • Green Team ECO Stations – The Scouts and their volunteers will proudly help us separate our Canada Day garbage into Recyclables, Organics and Landfill … with a real emphasis on reducing the amount of Landfill. Be nice – take your garbage to an ECO Station and separate it!
  • ATM – when you need more cash, visit the on-site ATM in the Vendor Village on the upper field
  • Portable Washrooms & Hand Basins – you’ll find them in several spots in the park. Any problems? Please inform our Information Tent.
  • Guelph Police Services – With a ton of people arriving in the evening for the fireworks, extra officers are on duty to keep us safe, especially when everyone wants to leave at the same time AFTER the fireworks. There will be road closures around the park that allow pedestrians to move out quickly and safely, while cars are held back until it’s safe.
  • Fireworks Shuttle Buses – Guelph Transit is providing special buses between Guelph Central Station and Riverside Park – super convenient because parking in or near the park could be hard to find. Normal fare structure applies, but there’s a special schedule. http://guelph.ca/2017/06/canada-day-july-1-extended-holiday-service-fireworks-shuttle/  Five shuttles will depart from Woolwich Street near Speedvale soon after the fireworks.
  • Canada Day in the Park Water Conservation
  • Got Duck? - Race for charity & WIN!

Avoid Parking and Traffic Hassles!

Parking is limited, especially for the Fireworks. Guelph Transit has a solution!

Canada Day Bus Service Flyer [PDF]

Volunteer for Canada Day here

We Need You!

Easy Online Sign-up

Whether you’re looking to round out your volunteer hours or just to have some fun and help out a great organization in the process, you are in the right place.  Sign up online and choose your shifts, we’ll even give you a designer T-Shirt on the day! Thank you in advance for your interest and help!

Volunteer Sign-up  |  Learn About The Rotary Club of Guelph

Volunteers Volunteers Volunteers!
Over 200 volunteers have stepped to help with Park Setup, Canada Day Festivities, and Park Cleanup. Thank you! You are essential and appreciated. Yay Guelph!