Greater Sudbury’s BIGGEST Family Friendly Celebration!
Celebrate Canada Day Sunday July 1st, 2018 from
12:00 – 10:30 pm at Science North!

General Information

Science North’s spectacular annual Canada Day Family Celebration attracts thousands to its iconic site to celebrate our country, people, culture and values. The festivities include everything from face painting, cool science, live demonstrations, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and of course, a stunning fireworks display! This celebratory event plays host to a variety of bilingual entertainers on the main stage for both children and adults alike throughout the day including the all-new KiSS Canada Day Game Show Showdown.

This alcohol-free family day takes place on the grounds of Science North and is FREE for all ages.

The Canada Day celebration is funded by the City of Greater Sudbury and the Government of Canada.

KiSS 105.3 Canada Day Game Show Showdown!

KiSS is back for another day of epic entertainment! Come on down and join us at the main stage for a Game Show Showdown! Be an audience member or get a chance to become a contestant. Survey says, you won’t want to leave your seat!

Games include:

  • Family vs. Family (similar to Family Feud)
  • Questionable (similar to Jeopardy)
  • Let’s Deal (similar to Deal or No Deal)
  • Seconds to Succeed (similar to Minute to Win It)

Evening Entertainment

Toe Jam Tequila

Formed in July 2000, Toe Jam Tequila is a cover band that plays party music of all genres. In the past 18 years, the band has performed in bars, at weddings, parties, special events and corporate functions all over Ontario. The band covers music from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Taylor Swift, Blondie, AC/DC, Prince, CCR, and dance hits from the 50’s all the way to recent party tunes. The members of the band are also fully bilingual, so you can expect to hear some great french party tunes as well. Bring your dancing shoes, because Toe Jam Tequila will have you partying and dancing all night long!

Daytime Entertainment

YES Theatre

Since 2010, YES Theatre has become an integral part of the Northern Arts and Culture scene. They are the leading company for developing fostering the voice of young artists within our region. Past productions include Hair, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Heights, Fiddler on the Roof, and last summer’s smash hit, Billy Elliot. This August, YES will be presenting two passion filled musicals: Merrily We Roll Along and Violet. For more info, please visit

Little Red Theatre: Bilingual Puppet Shows

Little Red Theatre brings the funny memorable tales of Beatrix Potter to life with animated puppets, mysterious shadows, great chases and lots of laughter.

Imaginez Ensemblez

It’s a fairy tale dream! Unique Imaginez Fireflies will keep your kids entertained with a combination of dance, character and interactive improvisation. Firefly performers will incorporate silk flag and fan spinning as well as a performance on stilts, and the very talented aerial trapeze artist!


At GymZone Gymnastics & Athletics, gymnastics is the foundation of all our programs! Learning through the sport of gymnastics with our fun and energetic staff, will provide your child with a strong base to excel not only in the sport of gymnastics, but to cross-over and excel in many other sports as well. With this developmental GymZone Advantage, your children will be better prepared for any form of physical activity and will be more likely to participate! As a professional gymnastics and athletics facility with life-long development as a top priority, we build for the future!

Lo-Ellen Robotics

Established in 2012, Lo-Ellen Robotics is a FIRST Robotics Competition team where students have six weeks to build and design a robot that competes in two minute matches at international competitions.

Join the Lo-Ellen Robotics team and see Telesto, Team 4069's 2018 robot, demonstrate its ability to manipulate Power Cubes and place them in a low and high goal. Team 4069 will also be talking about the FIRST organization and how they want to spread STEM in their community.

Bubble Soccer

This activity will be so fun, it’ll knock you off your feet! Participate in some friendly competition with your families, friends and community with Bubble Soccer!

Ocean Playland Inflatable

The perfect adventure land for toddlers! This Commercial quality sea-themed inflatable features ride able creatures, ample bouncing room and even a tyke-sized slide to transport toddlers to the ocean.

Face Painters

Our professional face painters will have you looking like bugs, animals or superheroes for the day!


NOTE: the following activities are offered from 12pm to 5pm

Enjoy an afternoon full of entertaining activities for curious minds of all ages! Please join us and take part in all the fun with games, inflatables, cool science, face painting and more!


Cool science activities

Our Bluecoats will be out and about with some special outdoor science demos and activities, including:

  • Grow Native Flowers
    • You will plant your own seed and bring it home to help feed the butterfly.
  • Microscopic Zoo
    • Zoom in and help identify invertebrate and plankton.
  • Ozobots
    • With a stroke of a marker, start an Ozobot adventure!
  • See in a New Light
    • See yourself and the world through UV and infrared light invisible to human eyes.
  • Powered by Soil - Earth Batteries
    • Discover how the soil under your feet can be used to transport energy and generate electricity. Create an earth battery and power an LED light.
  • Boats and Divers
    • Come tinker with recycled materials and test out your own creations in water. Discover how your creations float or sink (or do both!).
  • Feel what it is to have a concussion activity
    • Discover what is it to have a concussion. Wear goggles that simulate a concussion as you dribble a soccer ball through a course.
  • Water Testing Station
    • Join our Bluecoats as we use fun science to experiment with some unique ways to keep cool.
  • Meet our animals
    • See some of Science North’s sensational animals.

Other Activities

  • Children’s Canada Day Arts & Crafts
  • A 19 ft inflatable climbing wall
  • Angry Birds Challenge
  • And much more!

Fireworks display (Approximately 10:15 p.m.)

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display by David Whysall International Fireworks. The launch of fireworks is dependent on wind and weather and may be cancelled at any time before the show, right up until the last minute. Please listen to KiSS 105.3 FM or call 705-523-4629 ext. 649 for updates.

Science North IMAX® Theatre Offer


Buy one regular priced admission to Science North’s IMAX® Theatre and get the second admission of equal or lesser value for ½ price. Ask the sales clerk for this deal at the beginning of your transaction. Cannot be combined with Planetarium offer or any other offers or discounts. Offer does not apply to school groups, group or bus tours. Valid Canada Day only.


IMAX Schedule

Times Shows
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM Pandas 3D (French)
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Galapagos 3D
12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Pandas 3D
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM Galapagos 3D
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Pandas 3D
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM Galapagos 3D
4:00 PM - 6:40 PM Avengers: Infinity Wars 3D
7:00 PM - 9:40 PM Avengers: Infinity Wars 3D

Planetarium Offer


Buy one regular priced admission to Science North’s Planetarium and get the second admission of equal or lesser value for ½ price. Ask the sales clerk for this deal at the beginning of your transaction. Cannot be combined with IMAX® offer or any other offers or discounts. Offer does not apply to school groups, group or bus tours. Valid Canada Day only.


Planetarium Show: We Are Stars

What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. With expert input from leading scientists we present humanity's current understanding of where everything, including us, came from. Let us take you on a playful journey through time and space.

All ages

45 minutes, includes a 20 minute night-sky tour delivered by a Bluecoat

Planetarium Schedule:
10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm (French), 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm

Show Schedule 12:00PM -10:15 PM


Main Stage Schedule

Times Performance
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Opening remarks with dignitaries
12:15 PM - 12:40 PM Opening Ceremony: Anishabmowin Dance Performance
12:40 PM - 12:43 PM O’Canada sung by Kate Wise
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Little Red Theatre
1:45 PM - 2:05 PM YES Theatre
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Little Red Theatre
3:05 PM - 5:00 PM KiSS 105.3 Game Show Showdown
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM BREAK
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM KiSS 105.3 Game Show Showdown Finals
8:15 PM - 10:10 PM Toe Jam Tequila
10:15 PM - 10:35 PM Fireworks

Snowflake Stage

Times Performance
12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM & 4:15 PM Cool For the Summer! Live Science Shows:
1:30 PM Anishabmowin Dance Performance


Important Information

No Alcohol Policy

There will be no alcoholic beverages sold on the Science North site during Canada Day. The entire site is designated as alcohol-free in recognition of this family event. Alcohol is NOT permitted on-site. Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the event.

Parking / Bussing

Paid parking ($6) at Science North is first come first serve and extremely limited on Canada Day. Once the lot is full, it will be closed. Additional parking is available at the corner of Paris and York Streets and the Southridge Mall.

Canada Day Celebration shuttle service will be provided by Greater Sudbury Transit. Buses will depart the transit terminal and the Southridge Mall TSC Hardware entrance every 30 minutes from 11:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. to bring passengers to Science North. Return trips begin after the fireworks at approximately 10:45 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. Fare is $1 per person and includes the return trip. Connecting service to other parts of the city will depart from the downtown Transit terminal. For more information, please contact Greater Sudbury Transit at 705-675-3333.

Boat Launch / Ramsey Lake Access

The Marine unit will be patrolling the waters of Ramsey Lake to ensure that operators are driving responsibly and without alcohol. The fireworks begin at 10:15–10:30 p.m. The public is being asked to stay away from the barge at all times.


There is no swimming at the Science North beach. This beach is unsupervised and is not maintained for public swimming. In addition, Science North is currently rehabilitating the shoreline to feature a natural marsh habitat that would be damaged by swimming. If you would like to swim, follow the boardwalk to the main beach of Bell Park – a 20 minute walk from Science North.

Lost Children

Lost children will be brought to the Science North Main Information Tent located on the Marketplace in front of the small snowflake building (the building housing Elements Food Court) and will remain there until they are reunited with their parents/guardians. Police will be made aware of any lost children.


Outdoor Canada Day activities and the fireworks are weather dependent. Please note that the Canada Day Fireworks may be postponed due to wind or weather right up until launch time at approximately 10:15 p.m.