Canada’s national holiday falls on July 1 and is a chance to stand back and reflect on how lucky we are to call this country home. After our travels last year, that sentiment couldn’t ring more true. As much as we love to seek out new (and often warmer) places, we couldn’t feel more proud to say we are Canadian and cherish our home and native land.
This year Canada Day fell on a Wednesday, right smack in the middle of a week. While there were those who planned summer holidays or a super extended long weekend with stat holiday, we were stuck in the city continuing our regular work routine with a mid-week break. While a long weekend is a nice treat, it was actually fantastic to chop up our work week.
Our holiday started the night before Canada Day. After a dinner out on the town we headed home and were surprised by a fireworks show right over the lake in clear view of our apartment. I am a fireworks enthusiast and it was amazing to be able to ooh and ahh at our balcony and not worry about dealing with crowds once the show was over. This was a great start to Canada Day!
On the actual holiday we leisurely enjoyed some java before heading to the waterfront to check out the action. The Harbourfront Centre tends to have activities going on no matter the day, but we did notice an extra presence of performers and hustle and bustle. We hunkered down at a nice shady bench and enjoyed some crosswords and people watching. There was a constant flow of red-wearing humans along the water’s edge, and we would periodically hear the horn and cheering of the crowd at the nearby Blue Jays game. It seemed we weren’t the only ones stuck in the city!
We eventually developed an appetite so headed home. Over dinner and into the evening we took turns blasting Canadian music over Youtube. All in all, it was a pleasant way to interrupt the week and enjoy our fortune as Canadians.