In just over a week, Canada turns 150! I have been looking forward to these celebrations all year! Though I may not be able to travel to Ottawa to partake in any large scale celebrations, I have been keeping an eye out for what our great city has in store for us this year!
If you’re like me and are constantly looking for budget friendly activities, here is a small list of events that I put together so that you can enjoy #Canada150 without breaking the bank.
#1. Canada Day Fireworks – Fabulous display of fireworks over the River Valley and North Saskatchewan river
When : Saturday, July 1st 2017 at 11pm
Best viewing spots:
- Alberta Legislature Grounds
- Victoria Park (River Valley Road)
- Ezio Faraone Park (West entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street North)
- Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road)
- Edmonton Ball Park
For more details about the event, bus service and road closures visit edmonton.ca.
#2. Canada Day at the Legislature
The Legislature Grounds will be home to many local talents this Canada Day. There will be three main performance areas featuring some of the best Alberta talents in dance and music. You will also find several exhibits and performers throughout the Federal building as well as the plaza. To satisfy your taste buds, a variety of food trucks and food stands will be set up on the Legislature grounds.
Entertainment: Saturday, July 1st from 7am to 9pm
- Edmonton Canada Day Road Race – 7pm
- Canada Day Pancake Breakfast – 7am to 10am at the Legislature South Grounds
- Canada Day Celebration Cakes – 10.15am at the Legislature South Grounds
- Legislature Building Open House – 12.30pm to 5pm
- Alberta Family Fun Zone – 11am to 5pm at the Legislature South Grounds
- Indigenous Showcase – 1pm to 6pm at the Legislature West Lawn
- The Royal Edmonton Regiment Band – 11.30am at Capital Plaza
The Alberta Diversity Stage – 1pm to 5pm at the Legislature North Grounds Amphitheatre
- Zephyr from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
- Jeon’s Taekwondo and Korock drum team from 2 to 3 p.m.
- Mazur from 3:15 to 4 p.m.
- Wajjo and Mattierin School of Irish Dance from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Alberta Discovered Stage – 12.30pm to 9pm at Capital Plaza
- Captain Tractor from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
- Michael Bernard Fitzgerald from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
- Sykamore from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
- Nuela Charles from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
- Leeroy Stagger from 5 to 6 p.m.
- McDades and Strings from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
- Alyssa Reid from 8 to 9 p.m.
For more information visit assembly.ab.ca.
#3. Canada Day at City Hall – 11am to 6pm
An afternoon of free Canada Day activities including Aboriginal dances, bagpipes, City Hall tours, Magic show, Balloon Fairies, Stiltwalker, Canada 150 Mural Unveiling and many more fun stuff.
For more details edmonton.ca.
#4. Art Gallery Of Alberta
Where: Art Gallery Of Alberta (#1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton)
Thanks to the support of Denton, the AGA is offering free admissions on both Saturday July 1st and Saturday July 2nd 10am to 5pm. Bring the whole family to enjoy art activities as well some some exciting new exhibitions.
#5. Blues on Whyte Bock Party
When: June 30th to July 2nd
Where: Whyte Avenue, Edmonton
From free pancake breakfast to tons of music and great food, the biggest party of the summer is happening on Canada Day weekend! There will be 9 bands on 3 stages, 6 food trucks and 40 vendors! This one is a must see!
For more information visit todocanada.ca
These are some of the main events that I look forward to checking out! Hope to see you all out enjoying yourselves on what’s most likely to be the most memorable Canada Day ever!
This article was written by Zafrina Burton.