If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, there’s plenty of options in the Edmonton area.
The City of Edmonton has an entire day of free family-friendly activities planned, including music from various cultures, a magic show, craft-making, Sikh turban lessons, a barbeque, giveaways and games. A Canada Day ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the anthem sung in English, French and Cree, while a special mural commemorating the big 150 will be unveiled at 1:10 p.m. If you’re interested in learning more about Edmonton’s city politics, there are also free city hall tours.
The Works art and design festival is also ongoing, with 19 exhibits on display in Churchill Square alone.
The traditional free pancake breakfast is back again on the south lawn of the Alberta Legislature between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Anyone looking to get a work-out in beforehand, the Canada Day road race in support of cancer research at the University of Alberta starts at 7 a.m. with various distances, between 2.5 and 15 km.
A Canada Day welcome ceremony is taking place at noon on the front steps of the legislature, with a pipe band playing the national anthem.
Family friendly music, crafts, legislature tours, a citizenship ceremony and other fun activities will be ongoing throughout the day, including a performance by headliner Alyssa Reid at 8 p.m.
Branch #175 with the Royal Canadian Legion has been working to host its own Canada Day celebrations for the last 10 months.
The event is free and open to people of all ages. Things will get started with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and end with a dance until midnight.
A family-friendly festival is being held in Ford Hall, featuring live performances by Indigenous, Chinese and Ukrainian dancers, and giveaways as well as a ticketed performance by Sarah McLachlan in Rogers Place.
Ahmadiyya Muslims are showing their appreciation for Canadian freedoms by opening up the doors of the Hadi Mosque to anyone who wants to learn more about Muslims or talk about Canada’s 150th birthday.
Catching Sunrise and MEC are doing a special sunrise hike through Louise McKinney Park with dozens of young Canadians hiking in the dark with headlamps and flashlights to top of the hill to sing O Canada as the sun rises.
The Muttart Conservatory is showing off its special 150th anniversary feature pyramid, filled with Canadian patriotism. There will also be music, entertainment and treats. Regular admission applies.
The Edmonton Prospects are taking on the Moose Jaw Miller Express on Canada Day. After the game RE/MAX field is a great place to watch the fireworks at 11 p.m.
The Telus World of Science is launching its newest Pixar Exhibition on Canada Day, with a birthday cake, rocket launching, a Canadian-themed scavenger hunt, maple flavoured liquid nitrogen ice cream and maple leaf crafts.
Edmonton’s historic Chinatown is celebrating Canada Day with a street market and cultural performances.
For the 27th year in a row, Mill Woods is going all out for Canada Day, with children’s activities including hay rides, a petting zoo and face painting starting in the early afternoon, followed by musical performances including a Tragically Hip cover band. This will all culminate with a fireworks display at 11 p.m.
Fort Edmonton Park is celebrating Dominion Day on July 1, including a 21 gun salute, parade, lesson on the Canadian dollar and cricket match.
Kick things off in Devon at the Lions Campground by watching a canoe brigade take off onto the river, followed by a pancake breakfast. Then head over to Voyageur Park for an afternoon that includes lumberjack competitions, antique fire truck rides, a dunk tank and watermelon eating contest.
Beaumont has a number of activities planned, including a MultiSport Canada Triathlon, historical photobooth, maple-molasses bannock and wood turning.
It’s a full day of activities at Broadmoor Lake Park, starting at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by activities for the whole family like archery tag, axe throwing, a foam pit and giant slide. There’s also a performance by Kenny Shields and Streetheart, as well as Sharon and Bram for the kids. It all wraps up with fireworks at 11 p.m.
Head to the legion for a pancake breakfast, then take in the parade downtown at 11 a.m. in Fort Saskatchewan. There will also be cake and ice cream in the afternoon and Glass Tiger performs at 8:30 p.m. ahead of the fireworks at 10:45 p.m.
Ready to get a jump on Canada Day early? The legion’s pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m., then Riel and Rotary Parks will have kid-friendly activities including bouncy castles, a large slide and obstacle courses. Hometown musicians Current Swell will take the stage at 9:15 p.m., and fireworks will light up the sky at 11 p.m.
In Spruce Grove folks can celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a volleyball tournament, circus workshop or climbing wall. A $3 pancake breakfast gets it all started at 9 a.m. and 14 hours later the fireworks will end the day.
There’s an art walk, show and shine and live entertainment for Canada Day in Stony Plain.
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