Community & Current Events

Celebrate Canada Day: Summer recipes and family fun

By: Zenaira Ali

Author: Canadian Living

Community & Current Events

Celebrate Canada Day: Summer recipes and family fun

By: Zenaira Ali
It's the nation's 146th birthday, grill season is officially underway and the weather is gorgeous, so gather up some friends, fire up your barbecue and celebrate Canada all weekend long. (You can also check out our collection of the best of Canada.)

There certainly is much to celebrate: From the breathtaking Rocky Mountains of the west, to the vast prairies, to the Great Lakes and the scenic seascapes out east, our country is full of natural landmarks and beauty. But the pristine landscape isn't the only thing that makes Canada so great -- our accepting culture, safe streets and wonderful citizens all make Canada one of the best places in the world. Not to mention our dominance in hockey, sweet maple syrup, ooey-gooey poutine and universal healthcare!

No matter how or why you celebrate this year, we hope you have a safe, fun and festive Canada Day.

For the grill
The Canadian Living guide to summer grilling
Everything you need to know to get grilling this summer!
Photo gallery: 10 best burger recipes
Here's a round-up of our 10 best burger recipes. From beef to elk to chicken to vegetarian, you'll find a delicious, Tested Till Perfect burger recipe to suit every palate at you next barbecue.

Our best veggie burgers
Vegetarians, vegans, health nuts and food lovers will all adore this variety of veggie burgers - each bursting with herbs, spices, nuts and special sauces.
Barbecued Peach Pork Chops
Serve these chops with beans and mashed potatoes for an easy, crowd-winning meal.

Barbecued Flank Steak
Inexpensive flank steak, sometimes known as London Broil, makes a delicious change from burgers and chops when a crowd is coming for dinner.

Maple Bourbon Barbecued Ribs 
You'll have everyone asking for more of these sticky, finger-licking-good ribs.

Whole Barbecued Lemon Chicken 
Cooking a whole chicken over indirect heat converts your barbecue into an oven, thus cooking the chicken through before the outside is charred.

Page 1 of 3 -- Discover Canada Day side dishes, drinks and desserts to round out your barbecue on page 2
Satisfying sides
Canada's best potato salad recipes
Potato salad recipes vary as far and wide as Canada itself. Here's a comprehensive list of potato salad recipes - each one equally fantastic - developed by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen.

Creamy Coleslaw 
Fennel gives this coleslaw an added crunch with a hint of licorice flavour. If you have one, use a mandoline to slice the hard vegetables paper-thin.

Easy pasta salad recipes
Prepare a pasta salad that's sure to please with this collection of 21 easy pasta salad recipes.

4 perfect picnic salads
Try one of our appetizing picnic salads that will take your summer feast to the next level.

Grilled vegetables: Potatoes, corn and veggie side dishes
Grill the garden’s bounty of vegetables all summer long with these easy grilling pointers. Serve these delicious side dishes alongside summery main courses.

Delectable desserts
Photo gallery: 16 great Canadian desserts
Whether you're celebrating Canada with all things red and white or just plain old celebrating, one of these 16 great Canadian desserts will surely tickle your taste buds.

Maple Leaf Sugar Cookies

Complete your Canada Day celebration with the addition of these red-and-white maple leaf cookies.

Canada's Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Our most popular recipe ever! This moist carrot cake is welcome at birthdays, weddings, reunions and all special occasions.

Delicious drinks
Canadian Mojito

Rye and blueberries add a Canadian twist to this traditional Cuban cocktail. Garnish each glass with skewered blueberries and mint sprig. 

Blueberry Rooibos Iced Tea
Rooibos is a caffeine-free herbal tea native to South Africa. Antioxidant-rich rooibos and blueberries make this a refreshing and healthy beverage for summer sipping. Plus with only 1 tsp of sugar per cup, it is a lower calorie choice than bottled iced tea, which averages about 5 tsp per cup.

Slushy Limoncello Watermelon Lemonade 
Limoncello is the generic name for a sweet Italian lemon liqueur. It is wonderful as a palate cleanser, an after-dinner drink or as a flavouring for blender cocktails.

Perfect wines for the barbecue
Look for fruity, easy to drink bottles to sweeten and smooth out charred notes, and cool you down.

Canadian beer bottles: Do you know your history?
Canadians fondly remember the stubby, but can you spot a growler or a bomber? Read on to learn your Canadian beer bottle history and impress your friends.

Remembering Canadian stubby beer bottles
Remember stubbies? We do! Take a tour through our gallery of Canadian stubby beers and reminisce about Canadian summers gone by.

Page 2 of 3 -- Discover creative Canada Day crafts and party tips on page 3
Fun activities for the whole family
The great Canadian food map: An interactive infographic
Click on each province and territory to discover our nation's most popular food products, and put your Canadian food smarts to the test with fun quiz questions and food facts. You'll get insights into the local food character of our country from coast to coast to coast in this interactive infographic.

Bicycle makeover: Decorate your bike for Canada Day
Get ready for your local Canada Day parade! Discover how to use ordinary craft supplies to transform your bike into something red, white and spectacular.

8 Canada Day crafts
Help your kids get in the Canada Day spirit with one of these festive crafts!

Photo gallery: Kids' craft -- Make red and white pinwheels
Take a spin in the summer wind with a fun, easy-to-make pinwheel.

Family craft: Canada Day bird
Create a bevy of beautiful birds to grace your Canada Day table.

Make an extraordinary kite in a flash
This easy-to-make kite will be ready to fly in just 30 minutes. 

Photo gallery: Kick the Can Vanilla Ice Cream recipe
Bored? Hot? Hungry? Satisfy all three with our easy Kick the Can Ice Cream recipe. These step-by-step images show you exactly how to make perfect homemade ice cream you can kick around the yard. 

Summer games for kids
Get out and enjoy the sunshine with two great activities that will get your family moving.

Safety and entertaining tips
Firework safety and your kids
Did you know that sparklers can hit 1,200 degrees Celsius? Canadian cities have different fireworks safety rules and some require permits. Find out how your family can stay safe during fireworks season.

11 awesome tips for hosting a neighbourhood block party

Discover everything you need to celebrate summer with a neighbourhood block party.

Your great Canadian music playlist
Show your patriotism this Canada Day weekend with a rockin’ playlist featuring the best of the best in Canadian music.

20 fun family activities to do after dusk
Fill your summer with fireworks, ferris wheels and family fun. Here's our guide to great times after dark.

Page 3 of 3
Share X
Community & Current Events

Celebrate Canada Day: Summer recipes and family fun