Canada Day 2020: New Ways to Celebrate
This Canada Day we can still celebrate, we just need to get creative given the social distancing rules in place. Parks are open, but instead of packing a picnic basket and heading to a shady tree, consider making a big splash at home.
Sing the National Anthem
When you wake up and before you go to bed. Try it in English, then switch to French or sing a combo of both. But, sing it loud and sing it proud!
Hang a Canada Flag
Off the porch, out your window, on your balcony it doesn’t have to be big or official.
A homemade flag put together with construction paper or markers is just as patriotic. In a pinch, a Happy Birthday banner will do.
Eat All Your Favourite Foods
Staying home gives you the luxury of a fully equipped kitchen, running water and a fridge/freezer. Plan ahead, and pre-cook your picnic favourites. Potato salad, coleslaw, and dips taste even better if prepared the day before. Dont want to make a mess, but still want to indulge in all your favourite foods? Consider ordering a Canada Day cake, Canadian wine, beer, mocktail supplies and favourite foods like butter chicken, butter tarts and jerk chicken from indie shops in your neighbourhood.
Make a Canada Day Playlist
Canada is a nation of superstars who sing in every imaginable genre. From A to Z theres something for everyone. Heres some very famous Canadian musicians to get your playlist started: Anne Murray, Arkells, Avril Lavigne, A Tribe Called Red, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Celine Dion, Drake, Gordon Lightfoot, Justin Bieiber, Rush, Shania Twain, Tanya Tagaq, The Weeknd, The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlin.
No party is complete without games! Set up the sprinkler, fill a few water balloons and grab the sidewalk chalk. Invite the neighbours to play lawn charades (each family playing from their own lawn). Or try a friendly game of Canadian Trivia Family Edition. Prefer a quiet, solo activity? The Globe and Mail puts out a special edition Canada Day crossword, and many other puzzles.