No giant birthday parties, no fireworks: A COVID-19 Canada Day in Canada's capital
OTTAWA -- Canadians dressed in red and white descended on bar and restaurant patios, beaches and backyards across Ottawa to celebrate Canada's 153rd birthday.
With all major Canada Day celebrations cancelled in Ottawa-Gatineau due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people celebrated Canada's birthday with digital events, patio visits and backyard parties.
The major Canada Day events in Major's Hill Park and Jacques Cartier Park, along with community events in Barrhaven, Kanata and Orleans have been cancelled this year. There will be no large, in-person fireworks displays in Ottawa this year.
Canadian Heritage is hosting a virtual Canada Day Daytime Show and Canada Day Evening Show on its Facebook and YouTube channels.
On Parliament Hill, dozens of people were marking Canada Day in front of Centre Block at 1 p.m., despite no Canada Day Noon Show.
A rally hosted by The Canadian Revolution attracted hundreds of people to Parliament Hill at 12 p.m. One person told CTV News Ottawa the March was to "make Canada, Canada Day," and the group didn't want a government anymore.
In the ByWard Market, Canada Day revellers started arriving on bar and restaurant patios at 9 a.m. to enjoy an early meal and beverage to kick-start Canada Day festivities. The City of Ottawa allowed bar and restaurants to expand patios onto sidewalks, parking lots and parking spaces to have more room while encouraging physical distancing.
Revellers in the ByWard Market tell CTV News Ottawa it wouldn't be Canada Day without a visit to the popular tourist area.
As the temperature hit 27C at 12 p.m., dozens of people flocked to Mooney's Bay Beach to cool off and enjoy the holiday.
"I don't mind it, it's just a little hot on the feet," said Owen Scott while enjoying the holiday at Mooney's Bay.
"The sand right now is burning, but overall not too bad."
Ottawa Bylaw officers will be patrolling parks and beaches on Canada Day, to make sure people are respecting the physical distancing parties.