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10 things you need to know about…celebrating New Year’s Eve in Canada.

With spectacular fireworks, skating, sleigh rides and fabulous food, there’s no better place in the world to ring in 2016.  

28 October 2015

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Neither age nor weather stops Canadians from celebrating New Year’s Eve.  Across the country, you’ll find fun—and often free—public events where young and old can ring in 2016 with music, fireworks and food.

1) In North America, clocks strike midnight first in Newfoundland. Join the locals for a spectacular fireworks display at Quidi Vidi Lake near the capital city of St. John’s.

2) In Canada’s birthplace—Charlottetown, PEI—sip hot apple cider and snack on free food while enjoying music and old-fashioned sleigh rides in Victoria Park.  Fireworks early in the evening allow little ones to take part without sacrificing sleep.

3) Over in Nova Scotia, Haligonians bundle up for the cold, then head to the Emera Oval to skate a few laps before gathering at the city’s Grand Parade for live music and fireworks.

4) Every year in Québec City, the Grande Allée—one of the oldest streets in Canada—transforms into a giant dance floor in the snow. As well as live music, there are acrobats, fire-eaters and fireworks, while the restaurants and bars turn on their patio heaters to keep you warm and comfy.

5) Niagara Falls, ON, is already counting the days, minutes and seconds to midnight on Dec. 31. Celebrations include two fireworks displays over the falls and an outdoor concert.

6) Join Torontonians in Nathan Phillips Square, the city’s greatest gathering place. Skate under the lights and snack on typical Canadian fare, including beaver tails, from an assortment of food trucks. Fireworks light the sky at midnight.

7) Winnipeg, MB, families flock to The Forks for a New Year’s Eve that begins as soon as darkness falls. There’s lots to choose from: admire festive lights from a horse-drawn wagon, skate a kilometre of trails, listen to live music or be dazzled by the fireworks.

8) In Regina, SK, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum celebrates New Year’s indoors and out with games, crafts and a dance party for the whole family. For tykes who can’t wait for midnight, there’s Noon Year’s Eve at the Saskatchewan Science Centre with stage shows, face-painting and star-gazing.

9) In Calgary, AB, skate till midnight at Olympic Plaza and enjoy ice sculptures and fire performances. Or head to the Calgary Zoo for Zoo Year’s Eve with fireworks and entertainment.  

10) West coasters are eagerly hoping for the return of a new year’s event that will recall the fun and camaraderie of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Join locals at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver, home of the Olympic Cauldron, and get ready to party.

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