While Canada is maybe best known for perilous Winters, apologizing, and ice hockey, the Summer season in Canada is legitimately awesome. Between two oceans, the Great Lakes, and a myriad of Provincial and Federal Parks, Canada knows how to have fun when the sun is out too. One way this is especially true is in the sheer number of large outdoor music festivals that take over areas annually. While there are numerous festivals worth your time and money, I wanted to know what some of the best ones were from the perspective of Canadian travel experts. For that I turned to JustFly, an online travel company. They provided me with a list of their four favourite music festivals in the Great White North that could rock your Summer.
Hillside Festival - Guelph, Ontario
Taking place in late July, Hillside Festival takes over the small Ontario city of Guelph every year for outdoor music and camping fun. A relatively laid back affair according to JustFly’s review, the festival itself also incorporates artist workshops, artisanal markets, and straight up rural relaxation to give visitors a unique musical experience akin to going to the cottage for a weekend. The music itself tends to be more on the indy side, with lesser known groups providing intimate concert experiences all weekend long.
Osheaga - Montreal, Quebec
From a laid back musical retreat, to a straight up party zone, Osheaga is the Coachella of Canada according to JustFly. Featuring huge artists and massive stages, Osheaga is one of the countries biggest music festivals in terms of attendance and artist notoriety. Taking place at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival itself is easily accessible using Montreal’s STM public transit service. Artists this year include Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Haim, and dozens of others over three sun-soaked Montreal Summer days in late July and Early August.
Boots And Hearts - Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Canada’s largest country music festival, Boots And Hearts is a three day ode to folk, country, and western music in the rural confines of Oro-Medonte during the month of August, Ontario. Featuring the biggest names in country music, Boots And Hearts is a haven for RVers, as the festival accommodates those who prefer to live where they drive. This year’s festival features Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and Dierks Bentley. If you are wondering where Oro-Medonte is you are not alone. It is located North of Barrie, Ontario, which itself is just North of Ontario’s Capital of Toronto.
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest - Ottawa, Ontario
Lastly, Canada’s Capital of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is home to one of the countries most beloved festivals, the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. While the Blues is on display at this festival, it has expanded over the years to include various genres, including hip-hop, rock, and pop. This years varied lineup includes the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Future, Brad Paisley, and many more. This year’s festival gets underway in July.