July 1 is a special day for Canadians, even if you only have loose ties to our neighbors to the north.

This Saturday’s Canada Day marks the country’s 150th birthday, and that’s a pretty big deal, no matter you connection to Canada.

I was married to a Canadian for a while, and even though we’re not married anymore, I still have a soft spot for poutine, Tim Horton’s and Molson beer. In fact, even since the divorce, we’ve gotten together with the kids on July 1 to celebrate all things Canada. (He even made an epic Canadian playlist one year.)

This poutine is from Portland, Maine, but you can find poutine at several local restaurants. Canada Day is Saturday, July 1. Matthew Odam / American-Statesman

Our favorite place to celebrate Canada Day, however, was with the hundreds of folks who turn out for the big Canadians in Austin Canada Day party, which this year is taking place at Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd. The party starts at 1 p.m. and you can RSVP here.

They’ll have Bubble Hockey and Saucetoss games (these are new to me), a traditional Canada Cake and a singing (or two) of the Canadian national anthem. Kids are welcome during the day, but the party gets a little rowdy later in the day.

Many people in Quebec adore poutine, a regional dish featuring fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy. Contributed by Alan Solomon.

Gibson isn’t the only place to find poutine on Saturday, though.

Salty Sow, Frank, Black Sheep, Haymaker and Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden all have poutine on the menu. (Did I leave off your favorite poutine place? Shoot me a note at abroyles@statesman.com and I’ll add it.)

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