Where to celebrate Canada Day in and around Edmonton
It’s almost time to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday and if you’re looking for something to do, CBC Edmonton has got you covered.
From watching the highly anticipated light show on the historic High Level bridge to a good old fashioned sing-along at Fort Edmonton Park, here’s a look at the birthday celebrations happening around Edmonton.
- Edmonton AM will be kicking off Canada with a special live broadcast from the legislature grounds starting at 6 a.m.
- The day will officially kick off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. – with events planned through to 10 p.m.
- After breakfast, the day will be full of live entertainment (including a 21 Gun Salute and bouncy castle!), four stages of live music and loads of activities for children – and the best part is: it’s all free!
- The legislature is also the start location for the Canada Day Road Race. Registration to participate in the run is already over, but head on over and give ‘em a cheer!
- You can see the full schedule and list of events here.
- A full afternoon of entertainment and performances has been planned for City Hall and Churchill Square, including drummer, singers, artillery bands and dancers.
- The square will also be busy with the final day of The Works Art & Design Festival.
- The Art Gallery of Alberta will be offering free admission all day, along with a barbecue and family fun.
- Celebrate Dominion Day at Fort Edmonton Park Tuesday with games and educational fun, including tours of the Blatchford Hangar and the heroes of the War of 1812 – then, catch a parade and take part in a sing-along of God Save the Queen, Maple Leaf Forever and O Canada.
- See what all the fuss has been about as the new lights along the High Level Bridge are officially unveiled Tuesday night at 11 p.m.
- More than 50,000 lights will be synchronized to a special performance of the national anthem performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
- Stick around after the light show for the real celebration as fireworks light up the night sky over the river valley.
- To watch the light show, consider the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Falzone Park, Government House Park or Dantzer’s Hill – but steer clear of Kinsmen Park.
- Also: expect some serious traffic delays before and after the bridge and fireworks display. For road closure details visit Road and Traffic updates.
- Celebrate the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s 55th birthday and Canada, too, with a red and white cupcake and plenty of animal encounters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Regular admission rates will apply, but once inside, you and your family will be treated to Canada Day crafts and face painting, snacks and live music.
- For the love of the game, head to Telus Field and cheer on the Prospects as they take on the Regina Red Sox. For the love of fireworks, head there after the 8th inning and pay only $4 to watch the show.
- The Boyle Street Community League is hosting its annual barbecue (including halal food) from 12 to 4 p.m.
- In Chinatown, a night market will pop up on Harbin Road from 5 to 10 p.m.
Outside the city core
If you live outside of the city centre, don’t despair: there’s plenty of pancakes and fireworks for you, too.
- In Mill Woods Park, the fun will start at 1 p.m. with fireworks going off at 11 p.m.
- In Strathcona County, events have been planned throughout the day, to be topped of by a fireworks display over Broadmoore Lake Park at 11 p.m. Download the county’s free app for more information.
- In St. Albert, the pancakes will start flipping at 9 a.m., fuelling you for a day of activity leading up to the 11 p.m. fireworks display.
- In Spruce Grove, the first 1,000 people to arrive at Jubilee Park will be treated to a $3 pancake breakfast, but all will be eligible for the day of fun to follow. Fireworks are scheduled for 11 p.m.
- In Leduc, pancakes, a parade and live country music concert are on the roster
- In Fort Saskatchewan, the traditional Canada Day breakfast will be followed by face painting and a petting zoo, a classic car show and fireworks.
- Head to the farm in Bon Accord and spend the day in a straw bale maze, visiting a petting farm and eating some award-winning strawberry shortcake.
- Enjoy free entry into Elk Island National Park, followed by a flag-raising ceremony, picnic, nature walk and concert
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