COVID-19 has really done a number on Canada Day. Big gatherings are cancelled, patio space is severely limited and there will be no fireworks lighting up the sky above Parliament Hill.
Instead, Canadian Heritage is offering up a virtual celebration, to be broadcast on CBC TV, radio and online. The party will feature musical performances from across Canada, with links to scavenger hunts and recipes including bannock, astronaut David Saint-Jacques's "space chili" and Canadian flag Popsicles.
There's even a 3D fireworks show you can enjoy by pointing your smart phone or tablet skyward.
"The augmented reality experience will give you the same visual and sound effects as a real fireworks display!" Canadian Heritage gushes on its website.
But in case the idea of virtual fireworks leave you feeling a bit meh, here's a list of real, live activities in Ottawa and the surrounding area.
- Looking for some retail therapy? Rideau Centre will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Canada Day, or try the nearby ByWard Market. Bayshore Shopping Centre, St. Laurent Shopping Centre and Place d'Orléans are closed July 1, as is Tanger Outlets. Some stores at Lansdowne Park and the rest of the Glebe may open on Canada Day, but call ahead