Canada is the place to be on July 1, but if you find yourself out of the country, here are some other things to do.
1 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, CALIFORNIA
Catch a Canada Day CFL game under the California sun, while sipping a Tim Hortons double-double. The expat-owned Redondo Beach Café hosts a Canada Day family party, featuring games and giveaways. And when hunger strikes, try the diner’s poutine: It was voted L.A.’s best by Time Out Los Angeles.
2 WALES, UNITED KINGDOM
What can your Canadian passport get you, other than safe passage and near universal global respect? On July 1, it can score you a free ride on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Travel the 26-km return journey through the Welsh countryside for free, while enjoying Canada-themed giveaways onboard.
3 COUNTY MONAGHAN, IRELAND
Weekend-long festivities focus on the county’s connection to P.E.I.: The Maritime island is home to the most concentrated population of Monaghan descendants outside of Ireland. Guests can partake in walking tours, bus trips to historic sights and pub visits.
4 LONDON, ENGLAND
Any Canadian visiting London will want to pop into the Maple Leaf Pub. The annual party at this legendary Canuck watering hole spills into the streets of Covent Garden.
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5 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The UAE is home to more than 40,000 Canadian expats. The country has also seen a boom in Canadian businesses, like Toronto’s Weslodge Saloon, which opened a Dubai outpost. The chic eatery hosts a Canada Day party featuring a True North-inspired four-course menu.
6 BEIJING, CHINA
For mix-and-mingle types, the Canada China Business Council hosts a night of networking, fueled by Canadian cocktails, maple syrup and northern nibbles. Last year’s event also raised the roof with an after-party featuring Canadian DJs and bands.
7 SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Start your day with a hearty Canadian breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and home fries at the Rocky Mountain Tavern. Stick around after your morning meal: The pub plays hockey games all day long on Canada Day. For another beloved Canuck tradition, visit Tuesday night to savour Seoul’s longest-running wing night.
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8 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
It’s hockey night in Melbourne! Though it’s actually held in June, the fourth annual Canada Day Classic at O’Brien Group Arena delivers patriotic pride, one slap shot at a time. The head-to-head action features two teams in the Australian Ice Hockey League: the Melbourne Ice take on the Sydney Bears, who’ve won the matchup three years running. Don’t be surprised if a few teddy bears get tossed on the ice, too—it’s a tradition here.
9 BANGKOK, THAILAND
Swing by the city’s British Club for a Canadian-themed party that’s more rural fair than big-city brouhaha. The family-friendly festivities include three-legged races, bouncy castles, magicians and ball hockey games. The day ends with a traditional backyard barbecue.
10 FUKUOKA, JAPAN
This bustling coastal city hosts Japan’s largest and wildest Canuck celebration. This year’s event promises non-stop Canadian music and prizes for the best Canada-inspired outfit—with “lumberjack shirts and antlers” encouraged. Tickets include food tastings like lobster tails, beef and poutine, washed down with beer or Canada Dry ginger ale.
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