Ways to celebrate Canada Day 2022 in Edmonton

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Edmonton will once again be marking Canada Day with a spectacular fireworks display in the river valley, as well as another display in Mill Woods Park.

Both fireworks shows will start at 11 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

There are several viewing locations the city suggests watching the downtown fireworks display from:

  • Alberta legislature grounds
  • Victoria Park
  • Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street north)

The following viewing areas are accessible by foot only:

  • River Valley Road trail
  • Walterdale Hill Road sidewalks and east Promenade
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • 109 Street (between Saskatchewan Drive and the High Level Bridge)

Kinsmen Park will be closed at 6 a.m. on July 1. People will not be able to access to site to watch the fireworks.

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Pedestrian access across the North Saskatchewan River will also be unavailable at the following locations from 9:45 p.m. until 90 minutes after the fireworks end:

  • High Level Bridge
  • 109 Street southbound, from 97 Avenue/ High Level Bridge to 87 Avenue
  • Menzies Bridge

Pedestrian access across the river will be available via the Groat Road Bridge, James Macdonald Bridge, Walterdale Bridge and Low Level Bridge.

There will also be several road closures in place on July 1 — some for the entire day and some for just a few hours before and after the fireworks.

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River Valley Fireworks – road closures

6 a.m.

  • Queen Elizabeth Park and Indigenous Art Park : ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ parking lots
  • Fortway Road north of Royal Glenora Club parking lot entrance

8 p.m.

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  • Kinsmen Sport Centre and Queen Elizabeth Pool parking lot
  • Victoria Park, Site #6 parking lot

9:30 p.m.

  • River Valley Road (westbound traffic permitted only from Victoria Golf Course and Victoria Park)
  • Fortway Drive at River Valley Road (westbound traffic permitted only from Royal Glenora Club)

9:45 p.m.

  • Menzies LRT bridge – pedestrian level closed
  • High Level Bridge sidewalks closed (both sides)
  • Walterdale Hill
  • Walterdale Bridge – closed to vehicles; pedestrian access open (both sides)
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Road
  • 107 Street, from 98 Avenue to Jasper Avenue
  • 109 Street northbound, from 87 Avenue to Saskatchewan Drive
  • 104 Street, south of 96 Avenue

10:15 p.m.

  • High Level Bridge, closed to vehicles (both directions)
  • Walterdale Bridge, closed to vehicles (both directions)

11 p.m.

  • 97 Avenue, from 105 Street to 109 Street
  • 109 Street, from 97 Avenue to 100 Avenue

Mill Woods Canada Day celebrations

The festivities at Mill Woods Park — located at 66 Street and 23 Avenue — start at 2 p.m. on July 1.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary for the Mill Woods Canada Day celebrations, and will be marked by multicultural performances, dance, music, fun and fireworks.

Mill Woods Fireworks – road closures

7:30 p.m.

  • 66 Street, from 28 Avenue to 23 Avenue

10:45 p.m.

  • 23 Avenue, from 50 Street to Mill Woods Road
  • 28 Avenue, from 50 Street to Mill Woods Road
  • Mill Woods Road, from 23 Avenue to 28 Avenue
  • 66 Street, from 19 Avenue to 34 Avenue

Canada Day at the Alberta legislature grounds

Festivities at the Alberta legislature grounds run from noon to 5 p.m. on July 1. Visitors can take part in free, family-friendly entertainment and activities, including a pancake breakfast, ceremonial events and live performances.

The Canada Day celebrations will highlight and honour Alberta’s diversity.

A welcome ceremony will be held on the front steps of the legislature from 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. and include the singing of O Canada.

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The legislature chamber floor will be open to public from 12:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, located on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Canada Day. Visitors can enjoy the film Our People Our Province in the Pehonan Theatre, shop at Capital Gifts and visit the Milestones exhibit in the Borealis Gallery to learn the stories of the legislature and the role of parliamentary democracy in Alberta.

The Alberta family fun zone will be located on the south grounds of the legislature, with entertainment throughout the day.

There will also be a diversity stage, located on the legislature south bandshell, which the province said will celebrate the richness of Alberta’s cultural landscape through music and dance. Entertainment will include Ukrainian dancers, Japanese drummers and Métis fiddlers.

On top of roving music artists around the grounds, there will also be a stage set up on Violet King Henry Plaza where some of Alberta’s best contemporary artists will perform.

Alberta legislature – road closures

6–12 a.m.

  • 99 Avenue, from 107 Street to 108 Street
  • 96 Avenue, from 106 Street to Fortway Drive
  • 107 Street, from 99 Avenue to Fortway Drive
  • Fortway Drive north, at Royal Glenora Club parking lot entrance

Canada Day at Ice District

The Oilers Entertainment Group is hosting a backyard barbeque at Ice District Plaza on Canada Day. Live entertainment, food, beverages, roving characters, axe throwing, a renowned body airbrush artist and patio games will all be out for people to enjoy from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo involves a celebration of the facility’s Canadian animals, with special animal talks. People will learn more about what they can do to help support Canadian species.

There will also be live music, magic shows, a scavenger hunt and other activities at the zoo on Canada Day.

Canada Day at Muttart Conservatory

Festivities at Muttart Conservatory run include upcycled crafts to go with the Junkyard Feature Pyramid. Planting activities will also take place. A circus performer will also be on site.

Chinatown Canada Day celebrations

Celebrate Canada Day in Chinatown in front of the Chinese Benevolent Association of Edmonton with cultural performances, games, craft and trinket sales, and food vendors. The festivities run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kinistinâw Park.

Canada Day at the ballpark

Another great place to watch the fireworks is at RE/MAX Field. Catch the Edmonton Riverhawks take on the Nanaimo Nightowls at 7:05 p.m. followed by the fireworks display at 11 p.m.

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