Canadian Heritage said only 6,000 people attended the noon-hour show on Parliament Hill, which is thousands less than last year.
Last year, visitors endured lengthy waits in long lineups and many complained of a lack of communication and co-ordination.
Weather, lack of food concessions blamed for adding to "complexity" of security screening.
Former mayor and convention centre chairman points finger at federal bureaucrats
Downtown streets were supposed to be clear before July 1 weekend celebrations
Paper Maple Leaf flags soaked by an early morning downpour quickly turned into makeshift fans to ward off sticky afternoon warmth Saturday as thousands of people squelched and squished th
Transit badly delayed by closure of Wellington Street
Canada Day may have been the country’s biggest birthday party ever, don’t think that July 1 is the end of celebrating in Ottawa!
Wet weather, perception that rooms are sold out have tempered what many hoteliers felt would be a record year, industry leaders say.
Online room-sharing company reports significant increases in bookings and per-night rates for the big weekend