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Ice Wine Festivals (midlate Jan). British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula celebrate all things ice wine, with lots of tastings.


Winter Carnival (Feb 817). Outdoor events include ice sculptures, a canoe race across the St. Lawrence River, and parties in Quebec City. Chinese New Year (Feb, depending on Chinese Zodiac). Dancing dragons, fireworks and food in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal, but Vancouver has the biggest celebration.


Long John Jamboree (late Mar). Springs arrival is celebrated with dogsledding, snowmobiling, and lots of eating in Yellowknife.


World Ski & Snowboard Fest (early Apr). Specatators, extreme skiers, and ski racers converge in Whistler, BC for six days of high-energy sports and mountain culture. Toonik Tyme (mid-Apr). This week-long festival in Iqaluit includes igloo-building, traditional games, and community feasts.


Canadian Tulip Festival (mid-May). Tiptoe through one million tulips blanketing Ottawa and revel in tulip mania. Stratford Shakespearean Festival (May– Nov). World-famous performances of the bard’s works and other plays in Stratford.


 Pride Toronto (Jun). A fun, frenzied, and flamboyant celebration of the LGBT community with more than 50 events over 24 days. National Indigenous Peoples Day (Jun 21). This day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis and Indigenous peoples throughout Canada.


Canada Day (Jul 1). People in every province celebrate the nation’s birthday with parades, concerts, barbecues, and fireworks. Calgary Stampede (mid-Jul). More than 1.2 million visitors bring out their inner cowboy to celebrate all things western, including a rodeo. Vancouver Folk Music Festival (3rd weekend Jul). This multi-stage music festival at Jericho Beach Park has featured an amazing array of artists since 1978.


 Halifax International Busker Festival (early Aug). The best street entertainers from around the world perform each year at this fun-packed festival. Fringe Festival (mid-Aug). Theater plays and quality original productions are staged by renowned international performers in Edmonton. Folklorama (mid-Aug). Multicultural festival of food, performances, and the arts runs for two weeks in Winnipeg


Toronto International Film Fest (mid-Sep). Over ten days, movie stars, directors, paparazzi, and the public attend the prestigious TIFF in downtown Toronto.


 Celtic Colors (early Oct). Communities all over Cape Breton take part in this nine-day festival celebrating their rich Celtic culture


Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (earlymid Nov). The world’s largest indoor agricultural fair features the Royal Horse Show and Winter Garden Show at Exhibition Place, Toronto Santa Claus Parade (3rd Sunday). More than 500,000 people watch the longest-running children’s parade in the world along this mile-long route in downtown Toronto.


Winter Festival of Lights (early NovJan 31). Dazzling light displays and a host of events bring holiday cheer to Niagara Falls, Ontario

A YEAR IN CANADA A YEAR IN CANADA Reviewed by MELANIE INFINITY on December 26, 2019 Rating: 5

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