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Great ideas for a festive Canada Day


Author: Canadian Living

Community & Current Events

Great ideas for a festive Canada Day

Celebrating Canada Day is something most of us look forward to. If you're wondering what to do this year, search through our best articles for great ideas. From traditional Canadian recipes to new and fun family crafts, we've got your Canada Day plans covered.

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Festive Canada Day Recipes
Canada Day cake
Fireworks, friends and food. Throw a party for Canada Day and serve this special strawberry maple-leaf flag cake. Start with a 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) sponge cake (recipe follows), or use your favourite recipe for white cake of that size, and completely cover it with whipped cream. Then form the outside red borders and distinctive maple leaf with sliced strawberries. Be sure to refrigerate the cake until sparkler time, then cut it and toast our birthday.

Canada Day Picnic Sandwich
Want something special to celebrate our country's birthday? Make Canada's best sandwich to put in your picnic hamper on any July 1. Simply hollow out a loaf of your favorite bread — we used round crusty loaf — and fill it with a truly delicious filling. The loaf can be transported to the picnic site in a cooler, then cut in wedges and served from a napkin lined basket.

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. An irresistible summer indulgence, potato salad recipes combine fresh new potatoes with delicious herbs and seasonings. Our selections below include lightened-up potato salad recipes, trusted favourites plus new twists on plain old potato salad.

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Photo gallery quiz: What's that berry?
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Great Canadian Cheese Platter
Canada produces excellent cheeses from coast to coast. Though most are from large, high-quality factories, there are many small-scale cheese makers perfecting artisanal cheeses. Fig and Wine Conserve, Red Onion Marmalade or Sweet Ginger Almonds all make great additions to your cheese board, as well as fresh fruit. As a rule, buy 1 to 1-1/2 oz (30 to 45 g) of each type of cheese you're serving per person.

Gone fishing
The smell of open water, a forest of boat masts, a web of mooring ropes, the silhouette of a bird on a pole, kaleidoscopic piles of netting, and the wail of sea birds all lead toward the destination: pails of crabs skittering atop one another; sacks of fresh mussels; glimmering, silvery-scaled fish; jellylike squid; and glistening orange, pink, and white fish fillets. Fresh fish and seafood can be a sensory delight! Nourish your connection with local food by savouring locally caught fish and seafood -- and meeting the people involved in the harvest.

The Canadian people
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Read other readers' responses to this question, and submit your own ideas to

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Canadian crafts

8 Canada Day crafts
Searching for ways to up the festive factor of Canada Day? Check out these easy and fun kid-friendly crafts

Family Craft: Canada Day Bird
Our crafty maple-leaf birds are so simple that even young children will want to make their own. String your birds into a garland to drape across your front window, porch or picnic table. Or precut all the pieces, then let everyone sit on the grass -- to fold and glue and dot the eyes -- at the family cottage reunion.

Quilt Canada!
Few countries can claim the exhilarating contrasts between summer, winter, spring and fall that Canada does. So it seemed natural to New Brunswick quilter and teacher Lois Wilby-Hooper to celebrate these dramatic differences by designing a Canadian Seasons quilt. Changing seasons have inspired artists, poets and songwriters, so why not quilters? “I'm greatly influenced by the landscape and seasons of this area,” Lois says. “They are reflected in most of my designs.”

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