Mounties, Maple Leaves And Poutine - Canada Day Comes To Trafalgar Square In June

Last Updated 24 April 2024

Mounties, Maple Leaves And Poutine - Canada Day Comes To Trafalgar Square In June
Three mounties in red tunics
The excitement is Mountie-ing

Trafalgar Square will be awash with poutine, Mounties and maple leaves for one Sunday this summer.

London's annual Canada Day celebrations take place on Sunday 30 June 2024, marking the national day of Canada. Over 80,000 Canadians live in the UK — a fair tranche of them calling London home. 30,000 folks turned out to 2023's celebrations, although of course, you needn't be a Canuck to join in with the hijinks.

A stage decked out for Canada Day
30,000 people attended in 2023.

From 12pm-8pm everyone's invited to get involved in free fun and activities, including:

  • A music stage featuring performances from Tokyo Police Club and Alan Doyle
  • Meet and have your photo taken with members of the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Interactive hockey-themed activities courtesy of the National Hockey League
  • Food stalls peddling the likes of poutine, lobster rolls and Nanaimo bars
  • The chance to win prizes, including flights to Canada

Trafalgar Square and Canada have a strong bond. On the west side of the square, you'll find Canada House with its forest of Maple leaf flags fluttering out front. Cockspur Street is also studded with opulent buildings from the golden age of travel, which once belonged to the likes of the Canadian National Railway Company. You can read more about London's Canadian connections on the Londonist: Time Machine newsletter.

A Molson beer bus
Molson: the Carling of Canada.

Not far from Trafalgar Square, of course, you'll also find the Maple Leaf pub, which we expect will be, let's say, animated on this particular Sunday. Canada Day 2024 itself falls on Monday 1 July.

A person in indigenous dress dancing on stage
Indigenous Canadian culture is celebrated as party of Canada Day.

Canada Day, Trafalgar Square, Sunday 30 June 2024, 12pm-8pm, free