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St. Patrick’s Day in Canada

St. Patrick’s Day in Canada

St. Patrick’s Day is a special time of year in Canada that’s celebrated with green beer, great food, and plenty of spirit. Around the country, there are many different go-to destinations where people spend year after year celebrating this late-winter holiday, and no matter where you’ll be in Canada this year, you’re sure to find a party with your name on it.

Victoria, BC: Irish Times 

Irish Times in Victoria was named one of the best 10 Irish pubs in the world, so it may come as no surprise that this is a hotspot for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Located in a building that dates back to the late 1800s, the pub has a historic feel that goes well with the traditional Irish meals, Irish coffee, Guinness, and other Irish-inspired treats and temptations. This place is hard to get into on St. Patrick’s Day, so make sure you get here early, especially if you want one of the tall stools at the bar.

Edmonton, AB: O’Byrne’s Irish Pub

As though being home of the perfect pint wasn’t enough of a claim to fame, O’Byrne’s knows how to party on St. Paddy’s Day. On any given day at O’Byrne’s, you’re in for fun draws like live music, whiskey tastings, and even Irish dancing, not to mention that they have traditional Irish fare and classic pub food. Along with having enough Guinness on tap to quench an army’s thirst, this authentic Irish pub also has classic cocktails, other beers, and a great selection of whiskeys.

Vancouver, BC: CelticFest

Vancouver’s CelticFest is the ultimate way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish, because this week-long festival features Celtic music, crafts, food, sports, art, and even Highland sports and a St. Patrick’s Day parade. The performances take places at a few locations around downtown, which is where the parade happens as well.

Whistler, BC: Dubh Linn Gate

Dubh Linn Gate is located in Whistler Village at the base of the mountains, so this is a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day after spending a bluebird day spring skiing or snowboarding on the mountain. Along with starting the party at 9 a.m., Dubh Linn Gate is also known for their great entertainment and live music to celebrate this holiday.        

Calgary, AB: The James Joyce

The James Joyce authentic Irish Pub logo

As you might expect, The James Joyce in Calgary is an Irish pub that serves up a warm atmosphere, tasty traditional food, and a great selection of drinks to keep you hydrated during your celebrations. And the best part about St. Patrick’s Day at The James Joyce is that the party starts at 10 a.m., giving you plenty of time to drink in the ambiance and the green beer.

No matter where you end up this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to have a comfortable and affordable home base where you can get ready, have pre-party snacks and drinks, and come back to after a long and fun night on the town. If you’ve found your craic (party) in Canada, we’ve got a spot for you to crash, so check out the nearest Coast Hotel to your St. Paddy’s Day party central.