Canada Day 2015 in Edmonton

There'll be no shortage of ways to celebrate our nation's birthday in Edmonton this Canada Day!

by emil tiedemann

CANADA'S gettin' up there, I gotta say! 148 years old! But she's still just as beautiful as the day she became Canada, on July 1, 1867. Ever since then, Canucks have been shooting off fireworks, waving the maple leaf, and sippin' on "adult" beverages to celebrate the #1 country in the whole wide world! 

This Canada Day, a Wednesday, there will be plenty of things to do with your family, your buddies, your significant other, strangers or even by yourself if you prefer. Below we've made it easy for you, and listed most of the events happening in and around Edmonton! Happy Canada Day, eh!

And by the way, Edmonton Transit Service will be operating all bus routes on their regular Sunday schedule throughout the day, with regular fares applying. The LRT will operate on a 10 minute frequency after 10AM until the end of the service day, and all regular fares apply. 

The High Level Bridge will be lit at 11PM, the same time the fireworks begin. Have fun & be safe!

WHAT'S HAPPENIN' JULY 1ST?!

Canada Day Road Race 2015 (7AM)
Alberta Legislature Grounds (100 Street & 97 Avenue)

The Canada Day Road Race 2015 will start at the Legislature Grounds with the 15K Walk at 7AM, followed by the 15K Run & 5K Run/Walk at 7.30AM, and finally the 2.5K Fun Run/Walk at 7.40AM. Funds raised this year will go to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society. Click HERE for the map of the Road Race. 

The Canada Day Road Race 2015 kicks off at 7AM at the Legislature Grounds

St. Albert Celebrates Canada Day (9AM-11.30PM)
various locations in St. Albert

City parks, facilities and historical sites will see a myriad of FREE activities and fun, allowing for residents of all ages to celebrate Canada Day! Events include the Heritage Lakes Pancake Breakfast (9-11AM), celebrations at Rotary Park (11AM-5PM), live entertainment at City Hall (7.30-10.45PM), and fireworks at Mission Park (11PM).

Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature (10AM-7PM)
Alberta Legislature (10800 - 97 Avenue)

Celebrate our nation's birthday at the Alberta Legislature with live entertainment and a variety of FREE family activities. Please note that 107 Street south from 99 Avenue to the Royal Glenora Club will be closed to vehicles from 4AM on July 1 to 2AM on July 2.   

The Alberta Legislature Grounds are always a popular Canada Day spot

Dominion Day at Fort Edmonton Park (10AM-6PM)
Fort Edmonton Park (7000 - 143 Street) 

Celebrate the 148th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada at Fort Edmonton Park! Witness new Canadians take the Oath of Citizenship and bask in the excellence of being Canadian! Music, games, and historical vignettes will add to the ambiance of the park throughout the day. Regular admission applies.

Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory (10AM-2PM)
Muttart Conservatory (9626 - 96A Street)

Celebrate our nation's birthday with a visit to the Muttart Conservatory! Enjoy live music, Canada Day crafts and face painting. Treats and activities will be available throughout the day, a fun event for the entire family! Regular admission applies

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo (11AM-4PM)
Edmonton Valley Zoo (13315 Buena Vista Road/87 Avenue)

Celebrate Canada Day and the Edmonton Valley Zoo's 56th birthday! Visit the Canadian animals, eat a red and white cupcake, and enjoy a wonderful mix of family activities and entertainment. Help us celebrate Lucy the Elephant's 40th birthday! Regular admission applies.    

Don't miss out on the free red & white Canada Day cupcakes at the Zoo!

Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta (11AM-5PM)
Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square)

There's a whole lot of fun to be had at the Art Gallery of Alberta this Canada Day! Bring the whole family for art activities and a chance to view some exciting exhibitions. Admission is FREE, and goes until 4.30PM.

Canada Day at City Hall (Noon-4PM)
Edmonton City Hall (Sir Winston Churchill Square)

Celebrate our nation's birthday with FREE Canada Day activities at City Hall. The fun kicks off with a Canada Day ceremony in the City room, followed by live music and dancing, kids' crafts, City Hall tours, displays, giveaways, and more!

Boyle Street Community League BBQ (Noon-4PM)
Boyle Street Plaza (9538 - 103A Avenue)

Come to the Boyle Street Plaza for a FREE BBQ celebration, followed by the Chinatown Night Market at 4-9PM. Anyone and everyone is invited! 


Mill Woods Celebrates Canada Day (1PM-11PM)
Mill Woods Park (66 Street & 23 Avenue)

Come to Mill Woods Park and join in on the FREE family activities, including hay rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, bouncy castles, an inflatable obstacle course, live music, and more! Fireworks display takes place at 11PM. 

El Cortez Taco Tournament & Canada Day Patio Party (1PM-11PM)
El Cortez Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar (8230 Gateway Blvd.)

July 1st, celebrate our nation's birthday at El Cortez! Whyte Avenue's only beer garden for the day, we are taking over the parking lot beside the building and having a host of fun things happening, including wrestling by the PWA, an outdoor Mexican BBQ, and a full bar and El Camino Beer Tub! 18+ only.

Canada Day Patio Party! (2PM)
The Black Dog Freehouse (10425 Whyte Avenue)

Once again, The Black Dog will be hosting our annual Wooftop Patio Party & BBQ on Canada Day, featuring DJ Don spinning rooftop reggae! There will also be Sleeman beer specials and free dogs & veggie dogs from the grill!

DJ Don will be spinning at The Black Dog Freehouse on Whyte Ave.

Chinatown Night Market (4PM-9PM)
Chinatown Multicultural Centre (9540-102 Avenue)

Celebrate Canada Day on Harbin Road (in front of the Chinatown Multicultural Centre) with traditional entertainment, arts & gift sales, and food trucks. Please note that 102 Avenue will be closed to vehicles between 95 Street & 96 Street from 1-10PM. This is a FREE event!

Canada Day Party! (5PM-11PM)
River Community Church (11520 Ellerslie Road)

River Community Church is hosting a Canada Day party for the whole family! The party goes from 5-11PM. Come out and enjoy food, face painting, live music, and of course, fireworks! Admission is a non-perishable food item for Edmonton's Food Bank. 

Family Dance & Canada Day Celebrations (6.30PM-11PM) 
Old Timers' Cabin (9430 Scona Road)

The Old Timers' Cabin is a beautiful & historic banquet venue on Scona Road, and they will be hosting a family-friendly celebration for Canada Day! It is the perfect spot to check out the fireworks, so come on down!

Canada Day Fireworks Cruise (9PM)
Edmonton Queen Riverboat

Celebrate our nation's birthday from the middle of the North Saskatchewan River! Enjoy a cold drink and live music, featuring Black Light Ready, while watching the fireworks display. Boarding is at 9PM, and tickets are $30. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Canada Day Fireworks Finale (11PM)
Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, etc.

Enjoy the magnificent fireworks display over Edmonton's river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River. Some of the most highly recommended viewing locations are the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, Dantzer's Hill, Government House Park, and Telus Field (which is offering a reduced admission price of $4).

The big fireworks show will light up the river valley starting at 11PM

Lighting of the High Level Bridge (11PM)
High Level Bridge (Alberta Legislature Grounds - Garneau)

Head to your favourite river valley viewing site and watch as the North Saskatchewan lights up with light art created by Edmonton lighting designer Scott Peters and musician Jason Kodie. This dynamic programming will be accompanied by a soundscape of Edmonton music, which will be simulcast on CKUA Radio. 

As the fireworks go off, the High Level Bridge will be lit up to music!

There's also celebrations happening in Beaumont, Bon Accord, Devon, Elk Island Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Leduc, Morinville, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain!

P.S. If you're not into any of these sorta Canada Day events, but you're in the mood to do something that day, you can also check out the The Works Art & Design Festival, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, the NUOVA Opera & Music Theatre Festival, Feats Festival of Dance, and the Edmonton Prospects are playing the Weyburn Beavers at Telus Field! Happy Canada, everyone!

Happy Canada Day, Edmonton!


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