New Year's Eve Celebrations in Canada

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••• Calgary's skyline is lit up with New Year's Eve fireworks. franckreporter / Getty Images

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We Canadians are a diverse group but one thing we stand united in is our devotion to whooping it up every December 31st to usher in the new year. 

For the most part, people gather together at homes or in restaurants and bars, drink champagne, dance and socialize until the countdown at midnight. 

Many communities stage fireworks displays. 

The arrival of 2017 is particularly anticipated as it kicks off Canada's 150th birthday celebration.


Here are some of the most notable events taking place across the country this New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve, Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia welcomes in the new year a full four and a half hours after St. John's, Newfoundland, on the other side of the country.

See a full listing of New Year's events in Vancouver.

Vancouver Harbour Cruises offers three cruise vessels on New Year's Eve: Classy, Sassy and Rock.

New Year's Eve, Alberta

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel puts on a gala New Year's event.

More New Year's events in Banff.

The Calgary Zoo is aglow with its annual Zoolights family tradition, though this year the usual fireworks and programming is cancelled due to construction.  

Calgary's biggest New Year's Events

Lake Louise, Canmore and Jasper all offer cosy, scenic Rocky Mountain getaways to celebrate New Year's Eve.

In Edmonton, Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation gets kicked off with a bang in Churchill Square.

This free event is alcohol-free and family friendly. 

New Year's Eve in Ontario Parks

For some people, New Year's Eve is best celebrated in the great outdoors. From coyote howling to winter camping, Ontario Parks offers a range of adventures that will make for a memorable way to ring in the new year.

New Year's Eve, Ottawa, Ontario

The nation's capital has plenty to celebrate this year as the country celebrates the 150th year of Confederation (essentially, Canada is turning 150 years old). Check out Ottawa's New Year's Eve agenda.

New Year's Eve, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Tens of thousands gather outside at Queen Victoria Park, in front of the Falls to whoop it up on New Year's Eve. Festivities include a free, live concert and fireworks 9 PM and midnight. See Clifton Hill Events Calendar for details.

New Year's Eve, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto's public transit is free New Year's Eve, so leave the car at home.

More freebies? Toronto Free open-air concert at Nathan Phillips Square- in front of Toronto City Hall - caps off the season's Cavalcade of Lights.

Get that resolution to get in shape under way with Midnight Run Toronto, which hosts a 5K run at 12 am and post party.

See a complete rundown of New Year's Eve events in Toronto.

New Year's Eve, Quebec

Old Montreal hosts Merry Montreal a grand affair that features fireworks, musical performances and more at the Old Port. 

Club Zone has a complete listing of Montreal New Year's Eve events.
The Montreal Casino has fine dining, shows and of course, gambling.

Quebec City's Grande Allée is staging special New Year's activities, including traditional and contemporary music, a ferris wheel, urban zip line, heated terraces and outdoor bars, pyrotechnic show.

New Year's Eve, Nova Scotia

Yuk Yuk's Halifax will have you roaring with laughter as you ring in the new year. Buffet plus headlining acts.
Find other Yuk Yuk's comedy clubs across Canada.
Club Zone has a listing of Halifax nightclubs hosting New Year's Eve events.

New Year's Eve, Newfoundland & Labrador

While West Coast Canadians are still lining up to buy champagne, those in Canada's most easterly province of Newfoundland & Labrador are popping corks and exchanging New Year's kisses. 

The fun in St. John's begins with a free family skate at the Loop in Bannerman Park, followed by music, fireworks and festivities in front of City Hall.