Edmonton celebrates Canada Day

Come celebrate Canada's 146th birthday with CBC at the Alberta Legislature grounds, or take advantage of one of the city's other many events.

Canada Day events will be held city-wide

Firework displays will explode into the sky in the city's river valley and in Mill Woods at 11 p.m. Monday. (Matt Cardy/Getty)

CBC will help host 12 hours of free live entertainment and family-friendly fun at the Alberta Legislature grounds on Monday to celebrate Canada's 146th birthday.

This year the celebration will be bigger than ever, with over 20 live acts performing on three entertainment stages. The CBC's own Mark Connolly, Cory Edel and Rod Kurtz will be on hand throughout the day to serve as emcees.

The day's events kick off at 7 a.m. with the annual Canada Day Road Race along Fortway Road and a free pancake breakfast hosted by the Edmonton Ismaili community.

A full schedule of the day's programming is available here.

The firework finale will explode into action at 11 p.m. with prime viewing opportunities available from many of the city's river valley parks. Some of the best places to view the fireworks include:

  • The Alberta Legislature Grounds
  • Victoria Park
  • Ezio Faraone Park
  • Dantzer’s Hill
  • Government House Park

For those who wish to catch a little baseball while they wait, Telus Field is also offering a reduced admission to people arriving after the eighth inning at Monday’s match between the Edmonton Prospects and Saskatoon Yellow Jackets game. Both the High Level Bridge and the Kinsmen playground and picnic area will be closed during the fireworks display.

Celebrations across the city

While the festivities at the Alberta legislature and surrounding river valley will likely be the biggest party in town, a number of other events are being held elsewhere in the city throughout the day, including:

City Hall: Loads of family-friendly activities are scheduled for Monday afternoon, including live music, dancing, a childrens’ craft table, temporary tattoos, City Hall tours and more from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Art Gallery of Alberta: The gallery will be offering free admission for the whole family on Monday, with special Canada Day-inspired art activities being offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Edmonton Valley Zoo: Ring in the zoo’s 54th birthday by eating red and white cupcakes at the Valley Zoo from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.

Muttart Conservatory: Enjoy melodies played by the Cosmopolitan Music Society as you search the pyramids for hidden Canadian symbols, get your face painted or craft some patriotic items between noon and 4 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.

Fort Edmonton Park: Snack on a slice of Dominion Day cake as you are treated to a parade, music, games and historical vignettes in this park-wide celebration from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.

Mill Woods Park: Free family activities will be offered throughout the day starting at 1 p.m. and concluding with a fireworks display at 11 p.m.

Boyle McCauley: A free barbecue will be held at the Boyle Street Community from noon until 2 p.m. Monday. Halal food will also be available. Chinatown will host a night market featuring food trucks, traditional entertainment and market tents from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Harbin Road (102 Avenue).

Borden Park: The North Edmonton Canada Day Celebration at Borden Park hosted by city councillor Tony Caterina and MLA Peter Sandhu will include free hotdogs, snacks, live entertaininment and family-friendly activities from noon until 4 p.m.

Transit changes and road closures

The city is cautioning Edmontonians to expect road closures and delays from two hours before the fireworks display until 90 minutes after the show as 50,000 people are expected to gather for the spectacle.

River Valley Road, Walterdale Hill Road and Queen Elizabeth Park Road will be closed to traffic, but will remain open for pedestrians. A full list of road closure details is available on the city’s website.

Because additional parking bans will be in effect throughout Canada Day, city officials are encouraging Edmontonians to use public transit to and from events downtown.

"I would encourage people to come a little bit early, allow some time to travel into the River Valley. Certainly transit is a recommended way to travel into the downtown and out," said Brad Vanderhoek with Transportation Services for the city.

ETS buses will be operating on their Sunday schedules throughout Canada Day, although several late night services will be added for those heading home after the day’s festivities from the downtown area.

The LRT will be running at 10-minute intervals from 9 a.m. and will switch to a five-minute interval at 6 p.m. Regular transit fares will apply. Full schedules can be found on the ETS website.

Police caution against unruly behaviour on Canada Day

As the city gears up for what promises to be a beautiful Canada day, Edmonton police are reminding residents to stay safe and obey city bylaws.

They are cautioning would-be lawbreakers that officers will be on the lookout for people with open liquor containers or who are exhibiting loud, obnoxious or aggressive behaviour. Public urination will also not be tolerated.

They are also asking Edmontonians to follow police instructions throughout the day to avoid congestion and maintain smooth pedestrian and traffic flow.