Canada will be celebrating its 149th birthday this Friday, and Victoria will be joining in the festivities with a whole day of events and entertainment. There will be free, family-friendly events including two performance stages with back-to-back shows all afternoon... and it all finishes off with a spectacular fireworks display over the Inner Harbour. Here's a whole bunch of ways that you can celebrate Canada in B.C.'s capital city:

Make sure to ride your bike

Leave the car at home! There's no better way to celebrate this beautiful country than enjoying the great outdoors, so rent a bike while you're here. Enjoy a cruise along Dallas Road or use the Lochside Trail for a quiet ride away from traffic. Check out the CRD Regional Trails for all the trail maps in Victoria. 

There are some great local companies like The Pedaler Cycling Tours and Rentals and Bike Tours Victoria who offer tours of the city by bike, with stops along the way and lots of commentary. Pedego Bikes offers e-bike rentals and tours as well. Once you've taken your tour, head to the Inner Harbour to enjoy the Canada Day entertainment - there will be a free bike valet where you can safely lock your bike while you're downtown!

Image: The Pedaler

Visit Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

If you'd like to experience some of Canada's history first-hand, head to Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. It's home to Canada's oldest west coast lighthouse (which photographs beautifully, by the way), and pays homage to the coastal gun batteries that were built on-site over 100 years ago. You'll see original guns and intriguing underground magazines, all overlooking stunning ocean views. 

They'll be hosting a free Canada Day event on Friday, July 1, which includes live music, a gun salute and a piece of Victoria's largest Canada Day birthday cake. 

Image: Fisgard Lighthouse

While you're out that way, make a stop in Esquimalt Lagoon for a picnic or visit Hatley Park National Historic Site for a scenic and historic tour of the castle, museum and surrounding gardens. Fun fact: Hatley Castle has made appearances on the silver screen. Do you recognise it from any films you may have seen? 

Image: Hatley Castle

Cheer on our local team 

Head to Royal Athletic Park to enjoy a baseball game in the sun! Grab a cold drink and a hot dog and enjoy Victoria Harbourcats vs the Kelowna Falcons. After the game, head to the Yates Street Taphouse for the offical Canada Day game afterparty.

Image: Victoria HarbourCats

Watch free performances at the Inner Harbour

This year, Victoria will be treated to live performances by Radio Radio, George Leach, Mother Mother, The Choir, and Fox Glove, to name a few. There will also be a kids' show by Juno-nominated musical group The Kerplunks, traditional First Nations dance by the Lekwungen Dancers, and a Balkan brass marching band. Yes, you read that correctly.

Check out the full lineup and schedule to plan out which performances you'd like to see.

Image: City of Victoria

Take part in the living flag

What is a living flag, you might ask? It's a whole lot of proud Canadians standing together in formation of the Canadian flag, on the lawn of the BC Legislature Buildings at the Inner Harbour on Canada Day.

Obviously you will already be wearing red or white on Canada Day, but don't worry if you happen to forget - there will be 1500 red and white T-shirts passed out to those who want to participate in the living flag.

Image: City of Victoria

Shop local at the Ship Point Night Market

Head to Ship Point, on the north end of the Inner Harbour, to find the Ship Point Night Market. The special Canada Day market will also feature the Foodie Fest, which includes several food trucks and speciality items like hand-blended spices, jams, sauces, truffles and fudge.

Grab an ice cream and check out the buskers as you shop and explore goods from over 70 local artisan vendors. 

Image: City of Victoria

Enjoy the fireworks

Each year, Victoria is treated to a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate Canada Day. This year's fireworks are set to take place at 10:20 p.m. Tip: If you're not able to see them in person, you can tune in to The Zone at 91.3 FM or 100.3 FM the Q for a live audio feed with accompanying music.

If you are up for an adventure, take a Canada Day Fireworks stand-up paddleboard tour of the Inner Harbour with SUP Victoria. You'll stay out of the crowds and have the best seats in the house for the evening fireworks display. 

Image: City of Victoria

Still not enough? 

Check out these other great events happening in Victoria this Canada Day: