If you're not big on the hustle and bustle of the huge crowds in downtown Ottawa, there are many celebrations taking place in communities surrounding Canada's Capital.

Greater Orl�ans Canada Day Celebration

Petrie Island

10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

With a midway, beach volleyball, karaoke, Little Ray's Reptiles, various performers, a fireworks display and more.


Andrew Haydon Park Canada Day Celebrations

June 27 to July 1, 2008

Activities vary throughout the festival and include rides, a petting zoo, a water park, a car show, performers, fireworks and more.


Canada Day in Kanata

Walter Baker Park

10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Midway rides, various performers, "mad scientist" interactive science stations, a craft zone, fireworks and more.


Greely Canada Day Celebration

Greely Community Centre

Come out an enjoy a barbecue, fireworks, flag raising ceremony, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, duck pond, fire trucks, Little Ray's Reptiles, inflatable obstacle course, capture the flag, music, sing along karaoke and more.

Information: canadaday@greelycommunity.org

Canada Day in Barrhaven

Clarke Fields

6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Celebrate Canada Day in Barrhaven. Enjoy face painting, games, exciting entertainment, a fireworks display and more.


Vars Optimist Club Canada Day

Village of Vars

Canada Day celebration in the village of Vars, hosted by the local Optimist Club.

Information: Guy Laporte - 613-835-7574

Corkery Canada Day

Corkery Community Centre, 3447 Old Almonte, Carp

Canada Day celebration hosted by the Corkery Community Association.

Information: Yolanda Gaiarsa - 613-831-6192

North Gower Canada Day

Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower

Activities include a parade, fire truck demonstration, midway, chainsaw carving, barbecue, games, fireworks and more.

Information: Sara Charron - 613-489-3975

Dunrobin Canada Day Celebration

Dunrobin Community Centre, 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Activities include a barbecue, talent showcase and entertainment for all ages.


Kenmore Canada Day Celebration

Kenmore Park, 3151 Yorks Corners Road

Roast pig supper starts at 5 p.m. Call in advance for meal tickets, $5. Live entertainment starts at 7 p.m., with the fireworks following at approximately 9:45 p.m. Activities for children include jumping castles, games, face painting and fireworks.

Information: 613-821-0308 (tickets), or 613-821-5861 (to volunteer)

Osgoode Village Canada Day Celebration

Osgoode Village Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main Street

Events include a car rally, children's activities, local entertainment, barbecue, parade and fireworks.


Vernon Canada Day Festival

Vernon Community Centre, 7950 Lawrence Street

4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Activities include sports, games, euchre, barbecue, luminary maze, fireworks and more.

Information: kim1bates@yahoo.ca

Pinhey's Point Historic Site

270 Pinhey's Point Road

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kick off Canada Day by blasting an old-fashioned cannon. A day of heritage games, carriage rides and lively entertainment by local theatre company, Vintage Stock. Boaters can come by, drop an anchor and enjoy the day.


Billings Estate National Historic Site

2100 Cabot Street

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Billings Estate National Historic Site lets you enjoy music, games and food as it was 100 years ago. Come prepared to party like it's 1908.


Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

2940 Old Montreal Road.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum brings Canada's birthday to life with a Diamond Jubilee. Celebrate the day 1920s style. Bring a picnic and enjoy games, activities and a day at the museum.


Canada Day Flotilla in Constance Bay

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #616, 377 Allbirch Road, Constance Bay

The theme this year is a pyjama party. Everyone is welcome. There will be a steak/chicken barbecue with entertainment by Loose Caboose. Price is $10.

Information: 613-832-2082