Canada is festival HQ. Across the length and breadth of the country, if there is an opportunity for a festival or an event, you can count on a city, town or village to arrange one.
Festivals range from the internationally acclaimed Montreal Jazz Festival in Quebec to the lesser known Moose Jaw Kinsmen International Band & Choral Festival in Saskatchewan... and everything in between. The change of seasons, rural fairs, agricultural displays, rodeos, comedy festivals, playhouses, anniversaries of historical events.... whatever the occasion, Canadians will celebrate it.
In no particular order, here are what most people consider to be the Top 10 "Most Popular" festivals and events throughout Canada.
Winter Carnival, Quebec City (Quebec)
(February): This famous annual event is unique to Quebec City and is the biggest winter festival in the world. Activities are held all across the city and include parades, a snow slide, boat races, ice sculptures, music, dancing ..... and lots of drinking! Early pre-booking of accommodation is essential.
Celtic Colours, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia)
(October): For nine days during the October autumn, the Celtic Colours International Festival features hundreds of musicians from all over the Celtic world and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. This unique celebration of music and culture holds dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of workshops, a visual art series of exhibitions, and a nightly Festival Club.
Artists travel from all over the world to join the finest of Cape Breton's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers for the annual Autumn celebration. The festival is held at a time when the fall leaves are at their most brilliant and travelling around the island offers one breathtaking view after another. As with all major festivals, it's essential to pre-book accommodation on the island.
Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg (Manitoba)
(February): This 10 day