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Canada Day in Guelph

July 1

Canada Day means many different things to people in our community. On July 1, Guelph Museums & Culture presents a variety of diverse and inclusive experiences at various locations throughout the city to provide opportunities for learning and reflection, community gathering, and summer celebration, contributing to community vibrancy and a sense of belonging for all.

Guelph Civic Museum – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Time and Place for Reflection

11 a.m. – Guided meditation with Alpa Acharya (approx. 45 mins, Museum Patio)

Immerse yourself in a guided meditation that helps develop unconditional love and a deep state of connectedness to each other and our surroundings, culminating in a feeling of containing the entire universe within us. Together, we will acknowledge and become familiar with our infinite consciousness, understand our relationship with the universe, and experience ourselves as the source of unconditional love. The activity will begin with light stretching and breathing exercises, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation. Weather permitting, this activity will take place outdoors on the museum patio; otherwise will take place inside the Museum.

12 p.m. – Dots to mindfulness with Roxana Bahram (1 hour, Programming Room)  

Explore mindfulness through dot painting. Local artist Roxana Bahrami will lead participants in creating small mandalas as a way to explore self-expression, practice mindfulness, and develop new coping skills. No experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided. Limited spaces available; first come, first served.

3 p.m. – Pipe music and storytelling by Rene Meshake (Temp I Gallery)  

Ojibwe elder Rene Meshake will guide participants through an intimate experience, sharing his enchanting flute music and Anishnaabe stories along with the inspirations behind his music and art.

Special giveaways while supplies last

Museum exhibitions open; admission by donation

McCrae House National Historic Site – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gather in the Garden

Tea service at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservation required; fees apply.

Museum open; admission by donation

Market Square – 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Splash Into Summer

  • Wading pool open
  • Afrobeats recorded music
  • Family-focused activities (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art making)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Bahamas Junkanoo Legends performance

Norm Jary Park – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Pop-up Picnic in the Park

Neighbours are invited to bring their lunch, and we’ll bring lemonade, treats, and entertainment.

12:15 p.m. – Bahamas Junkanoo Legends performance

Jubilee Park – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pop-up Picnic in the Park

Neighbours are invited to bring their dinner, and we’ll bring lemonade, treats, and entertainment.

5 p.m. – Bahamas Junkanoo Legends performance

York Road Park – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cinema in the City

Bring your lawn chairs, snacks, family and friends, and we’ll bring the movie!

Featuring Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red

Riverside Park – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Riverside Park carousel and miniature train will be operating on Canada Day.

Carousel and miniature train hours and information.

Wading Pools and Splash Pads

Wading pools and splash pads will be open on Canada Day.

View hours and locations.


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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Guelph, ON N1H 3A1 Canada
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108 Water St
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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