Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 - NewsMaker Picks the Best Places to Celebrate off the Beaten Path

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 21, 2016 -- Canada Day celebrations are about to take place across the country, drawing huge crowds of partygoers to concerts, fireworks and fun. But for those seeking a less crowded and more locally flavoured event, there are loads to choose from, from coast to coast.

To help you find an alternative to big city celebrations, the travel experts at, the champions of simple travel search, have come up with Go here, not there: 11 off-the-beaten path Canada Day celebrations.

Here are a few of the stand-out events:

  • Richmond, British Columbia - If you don't want to celebrate Canada Day right in the heart of Vancouver, you can drive 20 minutes south to Richmond. Head here to check out the annual Steveston Salmon Festival, dubbed "Canada's Biggest Little Birthday Party". The all-day party begins with a pancake breakfast followed by a Canada Day parade through historic Steveston village. In addition, there will be a craft fair, children's festival, kids' bicycle parade, car show, food fair, horticulture show and a salmon barbecue.

  • Blue Mountain, Ontario - Just 90 minutes northwest of Toronto, you'll find Blue Mountain Village, a sprawling resort offering year-round activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding in winter, to waterslides, mountain biking, golf and zip lining in summer. With a range of accommodations, it's easy to spend a weekend here. Take advantage of their three-day Canada Day celebration, a birthday bash happening July 1 to 3 that includes live music, a scavenger hunt, fireworks, face painting and much more.

  • Saint Andrews, New Brunswick - Charming St. Andrews is Canada's oldest seaside resort town and most visitors are smitten as soon as they arrive. Not far from Saint John or Fredericton, St. Andrews is filled with things to see and do, from white sand beaches and boat tours to galleries, gardens and museums. Celebrate Canada Day here where you can wander quaint streets closed for markets, vendors, games, a parade, kids' games and fireworks.

  • Laval, Quebec - Just 40 minutes outside of busy Montreal you'll find Laval, a good option if you're on the hunt for an alternative to a big city Canada Day celebration. There's a Canada Day bash being held at the Laval Nature Centre that will include a variety of events ranging from creative workshops (painting, creating an eco-friendly bag) to dancing, inflatable games, live music and fireworks.

  • Souris, Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown might be the largest city in PEI, but that doesn't mean it's the only spot to celebrate Canada Day. The pretty town of Souris, just over an hour from Charlottetown, is a worthwhile stop on any PEI itinerary thanks to the abundance of white sand beaches. Canada Day festivities here include Canada Day cake, cookies, kids' area, inflatables, a barbeque and more all happening noon to 4 p.m. Following the daytime fun, there will be music on the beach and a fireworks display.

Every major Canadian city hosts a big bash, but there are always lesser known alternatives that offer up just as much fun, with local flavour. Our picks are celebrations in Port Hope, Ontario; Beaumont, Alberta; Muskoka, Ontario; Kanata, Ontario; Lunenberg, Nova Scotia; and Coquitlam, British Columbia. Find's complete list of Go here, not there: 11 off-the-beaten path Canada Day celebrations at

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