Photo courtesy of the Downtown Victoria Business AssociationCanada Day is a very splashy affair in downtown Victoria, and it's worth the trip here just to experience it. The grand finale is a dramatic fireworks show in the magnificent Inner Harbour at 10:20 pm, but there is so much more to do prior to that.  The fun begins early in the day with free walking tours covering a wide range of interesting topics and places.  There are also impressive historic buildings which are normally not open to the public (but that you will get to enjoy on Canada Day).  From noon to 2 pm, you can join a Living Canadian Flag, which will contain a record breaking 2010 people this year.   Evening entertainment and musical performances start at 5:30 pm on the lawns of the Parliament Buildings.  There are so many things to see and do, that it's hard to fully describe, so follow these links for details - for walking tours, Open the Doors to History (entry to historic buildings) and a wide selection of daytime activities visit downtownvictoria for information about evening performances, fireworks (and much much more!) visit victoriacanadaday. One of my favourite things to do on Canada Day is to go out for dinner somewhere with a view.  Taking in the festivities with friends over a great meal, with an amazing view, is my way to celebrate the day.  If you're like me, then I suggest booking a table at Aura, (the fabulous restaurant at the Inn at Laurel Point) as soon as possible!  The vistas overlooking the Inner Harbour are amazing, and the food and cocktails will be spectacular too. Spending July 1st in Victoria is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable day.  You'll meet and mingle with locals, and start to feel a little Canadian no matter where you hail from.