July 1st is Canada Day. This is a day that all Canadians celebrate the history, culture and achievements of their country. Celebrations include parties and fireworks, not always the types of activities that seniors can enjoy.
Here are some senior friendly activities for Canada Day.
- Visit a Canadian historic site or national park. At this time of year admission is often free. Seniors can go at their own pace and quite often are full of information about the various sites they visit.
- Cook authentic Canadian food. Serve pancakes with Canadian maple syrup for breakfast. Add some peameal bacon and red and white t-shirts and you’re all set to go.
- If you live in the area, go on a wine tour. Canada’s wine regions include the Niagara Peninsula and the Okanagan. Call ahead to check accessibility if your loved one uses a mobility aid. Many seniors enjoy the wine tours. They are quiet and informative.
- Enjoy an all Canadian day. Curl up on the sofa and watch Canadian movies or read a book by a Canadian author. Snacks could include poutine or Nanaimo bars. Cook your favourite meal and gather the family for a special Canada Day supper.
- Many seniors enjoy crafts and this is a great day to show your love of your country by putting together a collage of Canadian scenery or one of family vacations from the past. Don’t forget the red and white theme!
- For seniors who may not be able to get out and about, a picnic at home or on their balcony is just as much fun. Make your loved one’s favourite lunch and enjoy it together while talking about your ancestors who came to Canada long ago.
If spending the day outdoors watch out for signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion. Drink plenty of water and stay out of the midday sun. Look for shaded areas to enjoy your day. To read more on senior friendly activities for Canada Day, click here.