Canada is celebrating all year long with free admission to its national parks. Elk Island National Park is the perfect place to connect with nature—on a day trip, or camping over night. More of a "glamper"? The park has got you covered with oTENTiks, a sweet cross between a tent and a cabin. Elk Island is home to free roaming plains bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds.
Fort Edmonton Park is open this fall for special events, which you won't want to miss. Check out their event calendar for more details, and make sure you head to the Capital Theatre for the awesome cinema series.
Tour the historic McKay Avenue School (10425 99 Ave) and get a taste of Albertan and Canadian political history. Step back in time and enjoy free admission for the whole family at this Edmonton landmark.
Downtown Edmonton will be bursting with festivities on December 31 to cap off 2017. The City of Edmonton's New Year's Eve and Canada 150 Celebration will take place at the Alberta Legislature this year. Family friendly activities, fireworks and more await!
Out with the old, in with the new: celebrate New Year’s Eve with Pro Coro Canada! Listen to mesmerizing choral music and enjoy a glass of bubbly at intermission. Join in the singing as we all make reverence to the past year and fête the next.
Welcome the new year at the good 'ol hockey game (it's the best game you can name). The Edmonton Oilers will battle it out with the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Place. Connor McDavid in a world class arena... what more could you ask for?
Check out our guide to all of Edmonton's awesome New Year's Eve happenings here.
You’re invited to a party 150 years in the making, and Edmonton is no wallflower. From free admission to our National Parks and festive additions to our legendary festivals, to a Canada Day for the history books, there's no reason not to RSVP to this celebration.
We're known for our amazing festivals, and this year they're bigger and better than ever.
The year may be coming to a close, but we're not done yet! Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature this December. You can walk around the lit up grounds, skate in the park or listen to the choir caroling in the rotunda. Thousands of lights provide the perfect backdrop for magical holiday moments, with a dash of Canadian History.
Check out The Magic of Lights at Castrol Raceway, enjoy Christmas Reflections at Fort Edmonton Park (December 16-23), catch A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre (December 1-23) and more! Click here for even more festive December must-dos.
In honour of this special year, 1,000 red and white tulips will bloom in the shape of a polar bear—a symbol of the zoo’s commitment to conservation and a nod to it's partnership with Polar Bears International. As part of Canada's year-long celebration, you can marvel at the beauty of the tulips at the Four Winds Plaza behind Guest Services. Then check out the zoo's amazing variety of programs and animals: zebras, lemurs, sloths, otters and more are just waiting to meet you!
This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for – Canada Day in Edmonton. It should be no surprise to anyone that this Canada Day is special, and there will definitely be no shortage of things to see and do. The Alberta Legislature Grounds will be bustling with family-friendly activities. Head to the Alberta Family Fun Zone on the south grounds for crafts and games. You’ll also find great cultural and musical performances on the Diversity and Discover stages, and you'll be able to explore the Legislature Building and visitor centre. Start the day off right with a pancake breakfast at 7 AM, and fuel up throughout the day with the variety of food trucks.
Check out the Fort Edmonton Canoe Brigade as they re-enact and celebrate the history of travel and commerce by First Nations, Metis and settlers along the North Saskatchewan River by voyageur over the Canada Day long weekend.
The International Visual Arts Society will unveil new pieces of public art on Capital Boulevard and don't miss The Works Art and Design Festival in Sir Winston Churchill Square. If you’re in the Square with your family, visit City Hall for free family fun throughout the day. Don’t forget to take your photo with the giant 3D Canada 150 sign!
Saturdays in downtown YEG aren't complete without a visit to the City Market Downtown on 104 street. This is where you can feed your craving for great local eats! While hockey season is done for Edmonton, Rogers Place is still busy with the Family Street Festival and Honouring Ceremony in Ford Hall during the day and Sarah McLachlan in the evening.
Good food is a must for Canada Day! Check out some great features and Canada 150 themed parties at local watering holes like the Common and Grandin Fish & Chips, WildFlower Grill, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and Craft Beer Market.
End the evening with fireworks at 11:00pm. Best viewing spots: Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road), Ezio Farone Park, Re/MAX Field (those attending Edmonton Prospects vs. the Weyburn Beavers game on July 1 are welcome to remain in their seats to watch the fireworks show!).
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