Special events in Canada

Thousands of special events are scheduled throughout the year across Canada. Some of the largest and more popular events in Canada are listed here. Go to the bottom of the page if you want to find out about other events and for accurate event dates, locations and prices.

New Year Day Polar Bear Swim
The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. The swim takes place at 2:30 pm on the first day of each new year where over 1,500 people (many in costume) run down the beach at English Bay and make the plunge into the water.
For photos of the New Year Day Polar Bear Swim, click here
English Bay Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia

Quebec Winter Carnival
Carnaval de Québec in Quebec City is the world's biggest winter celebration, and the third largest carnival. Held annually from the end of January for 2 and a half weeks, the carnival attracts people from all over the world to experience snow baths, night parades, slide runs, ice fishing, concerts, snow sculptures, horse-drawn sleigh rides, husky powered dogsled rides, Ice Tower and skating. Make your visit even more interesting by staying at the famous Ice Hotel!
Quebec City, Quebec

Calgary Stampede and Rodeo
A western Canadian heritage event which features bareback horse riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, Chuckwagon races, and many other impressive entertainment acts. The Calgary Stampede lasts for about 9 days during in the middle of July.
Calgary, Alberta

Toronto Gay Pride Parade
An international festival is held annually in Toronto as part of Pride Week. The Gay Pride Parade attracts more than a million visitors to the city making it one of the largest in the world. Pride Week is usually held at the end of June.
Toronto, Ontario

Canada Day
Celebrated across Canada, Canada Day is held on the 1st of July. Different cities and communities have varying types of events but this is a public holiday where everyone comes out to play.

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