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Celebrate Canada Day Around the World

By Kellie Davenport

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 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.

2 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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3 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.

4 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.

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5 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 resembles something like the NHL’s Battle of Alberta. You could call it the battle of Melbourne in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL): the Melbourne Ice take on the Melbourne Mustangs. Don’t be surprised if a few teddy bears get tossed on the ice, too—it’s a tradition here. This is also the first season in the AIHL after a two-year hiatus as a result of the pandemic. 

6 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.

7 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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