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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