Instead of hosting a BBQ or heading somewhere to watch fireworks (been there, done that!), this July 4th and Canada Day, take advantage of the warm weather and spend the holiday on the water at some of the U.S. and Canada’s best spots for boating.
- Niagara on the Lake: Located near Niagara Falls, boaters can dock their vessels at the Lake Sailing Club or take a wild ride through level 5 rapids on one of the Whirlpool Jet Boats that offers hour-long trips educating riders on the history and geology of the Niagara River.
- Alberta: Whatever water sports tickle your fancy, Alberta is the perfect spot for a warm summer day. You can rent jet skis, canoe, paddle board, or relax on the bow of your boat in the shadow of magnificent mountains.
- Lake Okanagan: Known as “Canada’s Napa Valley,” here you can spend the day boating on the pristine water or wine tasting at the areas many wineries and vineyards. Play 18 holes or spend some time walking through the town’s shops and restaurants.
- Boston: Is there anywhere more patriotically perfect to spend American Independence Day than Boston? Sail along the Charles River or in the Boston Harbor and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, hear the Boston Pops play American classics and see a spectacular fireworks show.
- Seattle: Observe the Fourth of July from Gas Works Park in Seattle and set sail over Lake Union. The city’s Seafair Summer Fourth Celebration is a festival of all things American! It boasts special food vendors and all-American games like hula-hoop and pie-eating contests and sack races, all followed by a super fireworks spectacular.
- Cape Coral, FL: For more than 20 years, people have been gathering in Cape Coral, on Florida’s southwest coast, for fireworks and entertainment on the Fourth of July. Spend the day sailing around the area’s neighboring islands and head closer to town for the evening fireworks show.
Wherever you set sail for the summer holiday, keep your nautical plans eco-friendly with these tips. For more ideas and ways to celebrate the summer’s festivities in green, eco-friendly style, stay connected to the Just Energy blog and make sure to like Just Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!