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21 Best Things to Eat, See and Do Across Canada This July

From music festivals to restaurant openings, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Quebec City have a lot to offer this month.

Montréal - YUL

Outing

Brunches with Wolves

Brunches with Wolves

Make the most important meal of the day a wild one at Zoo Ecomuseum. The 11-hectare site is home to rescue animals big (like black bears Juno and Genie) and small (deer mice and blue-spotted salamanders) native to the St. Lawrence Valley. Reserve ahead (or book your own group) for Breakfast with the Animals to break bread with lynx, wolves or bears. You’ll start inside for a presentation and continental fare, then help prep and serve the animals’ food in their outdoor habitat.

zooecomuseum.ca

Entertainment

Carifiesta

Photo: KB Photography

Carifiesta

July 8
Parade starts at 12 p.m. at Rue du Fort and proceeds to Square Phillips
carifiesta.com

 

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique

Amadou & Mariam (Photo: Hassan Hajjaj)

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique

July 11–23
Concerts take place in the Quartier des Spectacles and at various venues
festivalnuitsdafrique.com

 

Queen + Adam Lambert

Photo: Neal Preston

Queen + Adam Lambert

July 17
Bell Centre
evenko.ca

 

Metallica

Photo: Herring & Herring

Metallica

July 19, with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat
Parc Jean-Drapeau
evenko.ca

 

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer

July 30
Bell Centre
evenko.ca

 

Osheaga

The Weeknd

Osheaga

August 4–6
Parc Jean-Drapeau
osheaga.com

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Grooming

Lovefresh

Natural Deodorant

Don’t sweat the small stuff thanks to Lovefresh’s skin-friendly deodorant with kaolin clay, fair-trade shea butter and coconut oil. Extra-sensitive? Stick to the baking-soda-free Eucalyptus Spearmint.

$24, Health Hut
171 Harbord St., lovefresh.com

 

Graydon Face Food

Photo: Laura Rowe

Face Mist

Beyond providing an instant cool-down, this Graydon Face Food spritz is infused with copper, silver, zinc and magnesium. The minerals boost hydration and collagen production, fight bacteria and calm inflammation.

$32, Detox Market
20 King St. W., graydonskincare.com

 

The Chemistry Brand

Hyaluronic Concentrate

Hyaluronic acid retains nearly 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, making this light gel from the Chemistry Brand a surprisingly heavy-duty moisturizer, perfect after a day in the sun.

$30, Deciem
881 Queen St. W., deciem.com

Outing

Toronto Common at Boxcar Social

Toronto Common at Boxcar Social (Photo: Toronto Common)

Summer School

Up the ante on your extracurriculars this summer. At Steam Labs maker space in Chinatown, learn how to use a laser cutter while constructing a customized six-bottle beer caddy. In nearby Bickford Park, try your hand at pâte de verre glass-bowl making at Nanopod: Hybrid Studio. Or, for something more spirited, Toronto Common hosts guided rare-bottle whisky tastings at Boxcar Social’s new Temperance Street location.

Steam Labs, 192 Spadina Ave., steamlabs.ca
Nanopod: Hybrid Studio, 322 Harbord St., nanopod.tv
July 10, Boxcar Social Temperance, 70 Temperance St., torontocommon.com

Culture

Shakespeare in High Park

Photo: Paul Lampert

Play in the Park

Pack a picnic and head for the hill: Shakespeare in High Park’s 35th anniversary brings the Bard back to the grass-covered Canadian Stage amphitheatre with alternating performances of Twelfth Night and King Lear.

Until September 3
Canadian Stage High Park Amphitheatre, canadianstage.com

Vancouver - YVR

Food

Botanist

Photo: Ian Lanterman/Fairmont Pacific Rim

Bio Fuel

At the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s new all-day restaurant Botanist, Hawksworth alum Hector Laguna is revelling in the agricultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Between the sustainability-minded, terroir-driven wine list and the glass-walled garden’s 50 plant species – edibles like cardamom and green-tea camellia make their way into cocktails and dishes – it would be easy to overlook pastry chef Jeffry Kahle’s housemade fougasse, but we strongly suggest you don’t.

1038 Canada Place, botanistrestaurant.com

Outing

Bloedel Conservatory

Photo: Paul Czene

Bloedel Conservatory

Visit the historic glass-domed conservatory to see hundreds of exotic birds and plants. Listen for diamond doves’ wood-flute-like birdsong, spot bright Chinese pheasants and chat up a talkative Moluccan cockatoo named Kramer.

Queen Elizabeth Park, 4600 Cambie St., vandusengarden.org

 

Honeybee Centre

Photo: Lori Eanes

Honeybee Centre

Urban beekeeping is encouraged across Vancouver, and aspiring apiculturists can learn all the basics of biology, care and honey making during a three-day intensive workshop in nearby Surrey.

July 7–9
7480 176 St., Surrey, honeybeecentre.com

 

Abeego

Photo: Kelly Brown

Abeego

Get the most out of your next farmers’-market haul with Victorian Dragons’ Den contestant Toni Desrosiers’ reusable beeswax, hemp and cotton cling-wrap alternative. Its breathability mimics a fruit’s rind.

Cook Culture, 377 Howe St., abeego.com

Entertainment

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo: VFMF

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The Barenaked Ladies, Leif Vollebekk and Katie Moore are among the 60 acts who’ll take to Jericho Beach Park for the festival’s 40th edition. On Thursday night, choirs and emerging and established artists take on Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joni Mitchell and the rest of the Canadian folk canon during a free concert.

July 13–16
Jericho Beach Park, thefestival.bc.ca

Quebec City - YQB

Entertainment

Festival d’été de Québec

Photo: Philippe Renaud

Festival d’été de Québec

If you’re feeling daunted by this 11-day summer party’s 50th-edition lineup, here are some first weekend favourites to kick things off. First up on Friday, Drake rival Kendrick Lamar takes to the main Bell Stage with tracks from his latest album, critical hit Damn. On Saturday, listen for the minor-chords-only “La Peur de Perdre” and congas aplenty when Montreal’s Avec pas d’casque bring their unusual take on atmospheric folk to the provincial capital. And the Backstreet Boys are back (all right), bringing their ’90s sound – though, sadly, not their ’90s hair – to the Plains of Abraham Sunday night.

July 6–16
infofestival.com

Food

Battuto

Photo: Félix Michaud

Battuto

Reservations are a must at this unfussy trattoria. La Planque’s Guillaume St-Pierre is on sauce-and-charcuterie duty, with organic takes on Italian staples like coppa and mortadella, while Paul Croteau turns out handmade pasta and sommelier Pascal Bussières serves up affordable, private-import wines.

527, boul. Langelier, facebook.com/battutoqc

 

Chez Rioux & Pettigrew

Chez Rioux & Pettigrew

Quai 19 is reinventing itself in homage to the locale’s historic wholesale-grocer occupant. The light-filled space has a 19th-century marketplace vibe and a menu that reads like a map of local farms. Blind-taste Les Chefs! victor Dominic Jacques’ take on seasonal market fare with “la table de Pettigrew.”

160, rue Saint-Paul, chezriouxetpettigrew.com

 

Nhà Tôi

Photo: Alexis Paré

Nhà Tôi

Vietnamese fashion designer Hoang Nguyen joined forces with the restaurateurs behind Pied Bleu and Renard et la chouette to share the best of her country’s cuisine (bánh mì, papaya salads and pho). Dine in, take out or attempt to recreate at home: Specialty ingredients are for sale, too.

281, rue de la Couronne, restaurantnhatoi.com

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