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Fireworks over the harbour in North Rustico, PEI

Celebrating Canada Day in Prince Edward Island

Canada Day on Prince Edward Island

Published June 13, 2023 | Team Tourism PEI
Categories: Attractions & Sightseeing, History & Culture

Communities of Prince Edward Island celebrate Canada Day in a large way with local talent, music, face painting, birthday cake, parades and fireworks at dusk. And because Canada Day falls on a Saturday, it's perfect timing for a weekend getaway or to begin an even longer summer vacation. 

Come to the Island and wave your Canada flag proudly at any or many of our community celebrations from west to east:

North Cape Coastal Drive 

  • The Tignish Irish Moss Festival includes Canada Day celebrations at Bicentennial Park and the Royal Canadian Legion.
  • Decorate your bike, trike or wheelchair for the chance to win prizes in O'Leary. The splash park will also be open if it's a hot day.
  • In Summerside, enjoy a fun-filled day with fireworks at Green's Shore at dusk. 

Central Coastal Drive

  • The charming town of Kensington hosts a day of fun at the Railyard with step dancing, a petting zoo and live music starting at 11:00 am. Browse the Kensington Art Gallery and look for the mural at the bandstand.
  • North Rustico is a local and visitor favourite with a street parade, all-day musical entertainment and a fireworks finale over the harbour.
  • Miltonvale will host an event at the community park.

Capital City Area

  • The City of Charlottetown will celebrate its history as the Birthplace of Canada and its larger story as home to many including the Mi'kmaq. For a deeper dive, book a guided historic walking tour to learn of the Indigenous and colonial histories of our capital city and the province.
  • Town of Cornwall will host a full day of activities concluding with fireworks at Hyde Pond.
  • The Town of Stratford hosts a cultural celebration at Tea Hill Park.
Crowd viewing fireworks from Victoria Park, Charlottetown
Photo Credit: Canada Day, Victoria Park, Charlottetown
Group of Mi'kaq drummers at Canada Day event, Town of Cornwall
Photo Credit: Healing Circle, Cornwall / Tourism PEI
Canada Day boat parade, North Rustico
Photo Credit: North Rustico ©Tourism PEI / Paul Baglole

Points East Coastal Drive

  • The Town of Cardigan will host a parade with the theme of “Famous Canadians” with other events to follow.
  • In Souris, the day is filled with free events: children’s fun, live entertainment and fireworks.

These communities and others across the province pull out all the stops to create an unforgettable, family-friendly birthday celebration that visitors and Islanders alike enjoy.

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How will you celebrate? Happy Canada Day, eh!

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