Happy Canada Day! I always appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the gift that living in Canada is, and this year is no different. One of my favourite parts of the day is the fraternity amongst all people, everyone is a friend on Canada Day, whether you’ve known them for 25 years or just met them while watching the fireworks.
2016 marks Canada’s 149th birthday and Edmonton is celebrating in apt style, I’ve included a list of some of the most exciting events of the day:
Canada Day Fireworks Finale
Enjoy the magnificent fireworks display over Edmonton’s river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River.
Good viewing locations:
Alberta Legislature Grounds
Victoria Park (River Valley Road)
Government House Park (Groat Road & River Valley Road)
Viewing areas accessible on foot only:
River Valley Road
Queen Elizabeth Park Road
109 Street (between Saskatchewan Drive & the High Level Bridge)
Access is restricted in Kinsmen Park, and to the High Level & Menzies Bridges.
Expect traffic delays two hours before the fireworks and 90 minutes after. Please be patient and courteous to help to make the trip home from the fireworks safe for everyone. For road closure details see the Current Traffic Disruptions map.
City Hall Canada Day Celebration
Celebrate our nation's birthday with free Canada Day activities at City Hall. The fun kicks off with a Canada Day ceremony in the City Room, followed by live music and dancing, kids' crafts, City Hall tours, displays, giveaways and more. Free family fun for all ages!
Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
Cost: Regular Admission
Celebrate Canada Day and the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s 57thbirthday! Visit the Canadian animals, eat a red and white cupcake, and enjoy a wonderful mix of family activities and entertainment. Help us celebrate Lucy the elephant's 41st birthday!
Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory
Cost: Regular Admission
Celebrate our nation’s 149th birthday with a visit to the Muttart Conservatory. Enjoy live music, Canada Day crafts and face painting. Visit the Muttart's own maple tree in the temperate pyramids.
Dominion Day at Fort Edmonton Park
It’s the 149th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada! Celebrate the traditional Edmonton way: watch an authentic parade, toast to the Queen, sing Happy Birthday, and take part in other royal activities. Avoid the line ups; visit Fort Edmonton Park to buy your tickets online.
Cool Off on Canada Day
Spend time soaking up the summer at a City of Edmonton outdoor pool or visit a recreation centre. Regular admission rates apply. For holiday hours, visit Recreation Centres. Or splash away the day at one of the City’s free Water Play Features.
The Works Art & Design Festival at City Hall
Join The Works Art & Design Festival at City Hall. Express your Canadian pride at the free kids' arts crafts workshop in the north breezeway of City Hall.
Mill Woods Celebrates Canada Day
Come to Mill Woods Park (66 Street & 23 Avenue) and join in on the free family activities including hay rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, live music and more! Children's activities from 1-6pm. Main stage entertainment begins at 3pm. Fireworks display takes place at 11pm.
Chinatown Night Market
Celebrate Canada Day in front of Wong's Benevolent Association (96 Street, between 102 and 103 Avenues) with cultural performances, craft and trinket sales and food trucks. (Please note that 96 Street will be closed to vehicles between Jasper Avenue and 103A Avenue.) Visit the Chinatown Night Market website for details.
Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature
Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature is a celebration that honours Alberta's history and diversity with entertainment and activities for all ages. Enjoy some of the best local Alberta talent in music and dance along with roving performers and interesting exhibits throughout the grounds, the plaza and in the Edmonton Federal Building. (107 Street south from 99 Avenue to the Royal Glenora Club will be closed to vehicles from 4am on July 1 to 2am on July 2.)
Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
Thanks for reading and have a good Canada Day!