July 1st…Canada Day…this is one of the biggest days Canadians celebrate each year.  Fireworks, parades, music concerts, barbeques, picnics, festivals, this is the day as families and communities we gather together and celebrate.

This year our celebration will look a bit different as many cities are moving their celebrations online into a virtual format.  Canadian Heritage is promoting not 1 but 2 virtual online celebrations for July 1st.  The daytime show “Canada Day Across the Country” will offer a 1-hour virtual tour of celebrations across the country.  The evening show “Canada Day Together” is a 2-hour special, virtual edition of our annual iconic celebration that will include performances by great Canadian artists

Check out more details at:

Online Celebrations in Canada

While you are there, check out the different interactive activity packs that explore history, arts & culture, culinary and outdoor activities.  Make a traditional Canadian dish for the family meal, quiz your friends on Canadian history, train like a Canadian Olympic and Paralympic or create your own Coat of Arms with the kids.

Many communities are joining in and creating their own virtual celebrations as well.  Some communities are listed here or you can check with your local community

Celebrations Across the Country

 

Victoria Who? Virtual Fireworks?

Most people know this long weekend as the May 2-4 long weekend and/or the unofficial kick-off to summer time fun! On the calendar however you might notice it is called Victoria Day, named in honour of Queen Victoria. Victoria was born May 24, 1819. She succeeded to the throne in June 1837 (at the age of 18), following the deaths of her father, King Edward, and her three uncles.

Many people are surprised to know that her first name was not actually Victoria, or that she survived several assassination attempts, or that she began the wedding trend of brides wearing white, or that she and Prince Albert began the custom of the Christmas tree in 1848. Want to know more? Follow the links below for some fascinating facts that you probably didn’t know about the Queen.

https://barrie360.com/victoria-day-why/

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a14510744/queen-victoria-facts/

 

On to the Show!!

Since many fireworks displays are cancelled this weekend and even banned altogether in some areas… there are still ways of viewing them!

Canada’s Wonderland has a virtual fireworks display that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. The show features a six-minute video taken at the 2019 display. You can watch as the massive rollercoasters are illuminated by colourful explosions in the sky. You can view the video through YouTube or the virtual fireworks homepage on the park’s website.

Canada’s Wonderland Virtual Fireworks

Park Site: Canada’s Wonderland Fireworks

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJPCdn1tSM

Before watching the show, why not hop on a few rides as well? Canada’s Wonderland also has virtual rollercoaster rides that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.

 

Watch and/or create your own fireworks display!

These virtual fireworks displays were created with FWsim, the fireworks simulation software. You can use our software to design your own fireworks shows, with your favourite music.

https://www.fwsim.com/shows.html

Victory Day Virtual Fireworks Display Port Hope

Monday, 18 May 2020 | 7:45 pm

Snapd Hub App

 

Help make history by setting a world record for the largest simultaneous augmented reality experience ever!

Join Snapd virtually on Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m. for a fireworks display through their augmented reality app.

Check out this video showing the app in action.

Here’s how you can participate in the free experience:

Step 1: Download the Snapd HUB App

Step 2: Click on Menu and sign in to share pictures with us for a chance to win a pizza party

Step 3: At 7:45 on Victoria Day, click on the AR icon in the App and open the AR Library to access the fireworks.

Step 4: Follow the prompts and enjoy the show.

 

For more information about the Snapd app, contact: info@snapd.com

Virtual Victoria Day Fireworks presented by Snapd.

https://visitporthope.ca/events/victoria-day-virtual-fireworks-display