For the first time since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago, people are gathering in Ottawa for official Canada Day celebrations.
Today’s festivities are not taking place on Parliament Hill, however, as the historic seat of the Government of Canada is in the midst of a lengthy rehabilitation project.
Instead, they stand near the Canadian War Museum at LeBreton Flats, just west of downtown.
“We immigrated to Canada four years ago, but we spent almost two and a half years inside,” said Peter Do, sitting with his family Friday afternoon on the festival grounds.
“[It’s] the first day I enjoy Canada Day. I’m so excited to [be] go out and share this moment with people.”
The party is expected to stretch late into the evening, with a slate of musical performances starting at 8 p.m. and fireworks scheduled for 10 p.m.
Here’s a look at some of today’s scenes in the nation’s capital.