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!).
Use the hashtag #yegcanada150 and #exploreedmonton for all your great pics!
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!
Celebrate at the Muttart Conservatory with the commemorative Canada 150 exhibit. The Feature Pyramid will be filled with a display of beautiful summer annuals, Canadian native plants, a topiary of Canada’s flag, and a giant botanical birthday cake!
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 Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is kicking it up a notch with special touches and surprises for Canada 150 (July 7-16). Head to Churchill Square when The Works Art and Design Festival tells the complex story of Canada's people and places through three uniquely Canadian art projects (June 22-July 4).
Don't miss additions to the roster like The World Indigenous Games (July 1-9) which will be hosting 500 international athletes and 1000 athletes representing Indigenous nations in Canada.
Cheer from the sidelines and take in the ultimate street hockey experience with Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Nothing says "Canada" like the good ol' hockey game (June 3-4).
Join the gathering and celebrate Aboriginal cultures when APTN's Aboriginal Day Live comes to Victoria Park (June 21). Get there bright and early to enjoy the sacred fire ceremony at sunrise, then check out the great line-up of live concerts, cultural performances and unique experiences.
If you love patios like Edmontonians do, then you can't miss the Canada 150 Patio Party at the Shaw Conference Centre on July 6. With awe-inspiring views, mouth-watering food, cold drinks, an urban beekeeping demonstration, and live music, this is the can’t miss party of the summer!
The ITU World Triathlon is headed to Edmonton from July 28-29. Wear Canadian colours and head to the top of Emily Murphy Park hill to cheer on the elite athletes as they take on the most technical part of the course – six times! The Canada Corner Cheer Party event runs noon to 4 pm on Saturday. Keep the cheering going when the Edmonton Marathon sprints into town from August 19-20. Get your hands on some Canada 150 thunder sticks and show the athletes some love along the race route!
K-Days will share the Canada 150 spirit within the Camp Northlands Celebrates 150 Hall. There will be opportunities to learn about Canada and take part in Canada-themed activities, such as: Kidsport hardest shot hockey, Canadian curling, Canadian photo booth, Canadian Arts and Crafts, and Mini golf.
Stay tuned for more events and happenings as they're announced!
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 also offering special pricing, with the Fort Edmonton 150 Summer Pass ($150 plus GST). This pass is good for unlimited all-inclusive admission between July 1 and September 4. Learn more about this special rate here.
New year, new nation. Downtown Edmonton will be bursting with festivities on December 31 to cap off 2017. Head to Churchill Square and City Hall to party it up with family and friends. Join the fun inside City Hall with kids' activities and check out the mainstage entertainment outside. The countdown will be punctuated with a fireworks celebration like no other, as the night sky comes alive over Edmonton.
There are many more activities in the works, so check back often for details as the new year approaches!