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The Calgary Stampede parade

Canada is often associated with long and cold winters, so Canadians look forward to cherished summer events. While there might be some truth to the claim that it’s cold, Canada is not just a country defined by its winters. In fact, Canada is home to some of the biggest and grandest summer celebrations out there.

Check Out These Exciting 2022 Summer Events in Canada

From comedy and live music shows to fireworks competitions, Canada never runs low on exciting summer activities. New to Canada? Explore some of Canada’s most thrilling summer events in 2022!

Calgary Stampede

Where: Calgary, Alberta

When: July 8 – 17, 2022

Calgary, and Western Canada in general, has a long farming history. And, most aspects of people’s lives revolved around running the family farm before Canada became a country. Specifically, cattle ranches were the most common type of farm present around Calgary and most of Alberta. So to embrace its modest origins, Calgary hosts a ten-day summer event each year known as the Calgary Stampede.

The Calgary Stampede is the biggest rodeo event in Canada, and among the top rodeos in North America. And, the main attraction is the tournament-style rodeo events.

It also has many other fun activities. Another unique activity during the Calgary Stampede is the free pancake breakfast. That’s right. Calgarians get to enjoy a free pancake breakfast during the Stampede that serves until 10 AM. You also get free admission to the Calgary Stampede if you arrive before 11 AM.

If you plan to visit the Stampede City and join the summer fun, click here to learn more.

Honda Celebration of Lights, 2022

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

When: July 23, 27, 30, 2022

Fireworks display over English Bay at this annual summer event in Vancouver.
Catch fireworks display at this spectacular summer event in Vancouver, BC

The Honda Celebration of Lights is the biggest fireworks competition in the world. It is also the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, and this year marks its 30th anniversary. In 2022, three countries will compete: Japan, Canada, and Spain. The fireworks take place over English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia. Morton Park, which is close to where the fireworks are happening, will host live music events, food trucks and activities for everyone.

For more details about this spectacular summer, or to buy tickets, you can visit the event website.

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Just For Laughs Montreal

Where: Montreal, Quebec

When: July 13 – 31, 2022

The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Quebec is the biggest comedy festival in the world! Since 1983, this lively event continues to bring a smile to Canadians’ faces. As the event celebrates its 40th anniversary, Just For Laughs 2022 is going to feature a star-studded cast. And this year, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer and Jimmy Fallon will all make appearances! To learn more about Just For Laughs 2022, click here.

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Where: Edmonton, Alberta

When: July 30 – August 1, 2022

Canada has achieved what so many countries have failed to achieve in the past. That achievement is building a culturally accepting environment where people from different backgrounds can live together in peace. To celebrate this achievement, Edmonton hosts the largest celebration of multiculturalism in the world.

The Edmonton Heritage Festival is a fun and light-hearted three-day event that celebrates the beautiful cultures present in our country. The festival represents over 60 nations that each set up their outdoor pavilions at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. From traditional live music to iconic cultural foods, the Edmonton Heritage Festival has something for everyone. It is a great way to have some fun while also learning about the wonderful cultures that make up Canada.

To learn more about the Edmonton Heritage Festival, click here.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana)

Where: Toronto, Ontario

When: July 28 – August 1, 2022

People dressed in colourful Caribbean costumes at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival summer event.
The colourful parade along the streets of Toronto is a highly anticipated summer event.

It is only fitting that Canada’s largest festival takes place in Toronto, its largest city. Caribana, is North America’s largest carnival. Also known as the Toronto Caribbean Carnival this event celebrates Caribbean culture. The highly-anticipated carnival represents almost all Caribbean cultures and gets its unique theme from all Caribbean Islands.

The festival is now officially known as Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Many still know the festival as, “Caribana”, which is what you get when you mix the words, “Caribbean”, and “Canada”. At this summer event, you will find anything and everything Caribbean. From Caribbean music to food, the carnival has something for everyone. After all, it is the largest carnival in North America. Some other things you can expect are people in Caribbean clothing and costumes, Caribbean dances and other traditions found in the Caribbean Islands. To learn more about the Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2022, click here.

Young women dressed in a blue Caribbean costume.
A highlight of this event is the stunning Caribbean costumes that people wear.

These are just some of the many summer events taking place in 2022. Each part of Canada has its own unique way of celebrating the summer. If you are not sure what other summer events 2022 are taking place in your local community, you can always look them up online. 

At the end of the day, summer is all about relaxing, spending time with your loved ones and doing what you love. Whether you attend a large summer festival or just take a walk in the park, make sure you enjoy the wonderful summer events that Canada has to offer.

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