Canada Day fireworks in 2014 light up in the river valley. The fireworks return this year along with a light show and a host of events across the city.
Photograph by: Ed Kaiser, Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON – As Edmonton prepares to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday in style Wednesday, it’s worth taking some time to choose from the many activities that will be held across the city to mark the day.
Whether it’s sports, arts or animals that capture your interest, there’s something for everyone July 1. And don’t forget what’s expected to be a magnificent light and fireworks show to cap it all off.
-A light show will illuminate the High Level Bridge and be accompanied by a soundscape of Edmonton music, beginning at 11 p.m. The light art was created by Edmonton lighting designer Scott Peters and musician Jason Kodie. The music will be simulcast on CKUA radio. The show will end with a recorded rendition of O Canada, performed by local aboriginal women’s trio ASANI.
— After the lighting of the bridge, the popular fireworks display will begin over the River Valley. Suggested viewing sites for the High Level light show and fireworks are the legislature grounds, Victoria Park and Ezio Faraone Park. For more information, visit the City of Edmonton website.
— City Hall will mark Canada Day with a ceremony in the city room, followed by dancing, music and other free family activities from noon to 4 p.m.
— The semifinal of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 kicks off at 5 p.m. ETS transit to and from Commonwealth Stadium is included in the price of a ticket to the game.
— Edmonton Valley Zoo will serve up red and white cupcakes for Lucy the elephant’s 40th birthday, the zoo’s 56th anniversary and Canada Day. Canadian critters, entertainment and activities will be on hand to celebrate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— The Muttart Conservatory is marking the day with crafts, face-painting and live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Celebrate in royal style during Dominion Day activities at Fort Edmonton Park. Dominion Day was renamed Canada Day in 1982. A parade and other attractions will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-The Edmonton Prospects will take on the Weyburn Beavers. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Telus Field. After the game, entrance to Telus Field will be $4 for those who want to stay and watch the fireworks.
— July 1 is the last day of The Works Art and Design Festival. Exhibits are scattered through downtown and stage performances are held in Churchill Square.
— Mill Woods Park will be alive with activities to celebrate Canada’s birthday, including hay rides, a petting zoo, a carnival and inflatable attractions. Activities begin at 1 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. with a fireworks display.
— A free barbecue will be available at Boyle Street Plaza, 10630 105 Street, from noon to 4 p.m.
— Chinatown is hosting a night market that will feature food trucks, traditional performances and a craft and trinket sales from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
— Live music and free family activity will be open to the public on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
-There will be family art activities and free admission to the Alberta Art Gallery from 11 a.m., to 5 p.m.
-Parking restrictions will be in place near activity venues, beginning early in the day. The city is encouraging people to take transit because parking will be limited and to alleviate traffic issues. Traffic delays are especially expected in the two hours preceding and following the fireworks display.
— ETS bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule. After 10 a.m., the LRT will run on a 10-minute frequency until the end of the day. There will be extra services starting at 8 p.m. to accommodate people heading downtown to watch the fireworks.
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Canada Day also means FREE admission to all of the National Parks!
Canada Day at Elk Island National Park
Wednesday July 1, 2015
On Canada Day, enjoy free entry to all of Canada’s National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas. There’s no better way to celebrate our heritage as Canadians than visiting your nearest national park: Elk Island!
Canada Day Flag Raising and Cake Service
Misery Mountain Boys take the stage
12:30 & 2:30 pm
Founded on the shores of the Mighty Peace River in 2011, the Misery Mountain Boys combine solid musicianship with good, honest music that stems from a simpler time. With steady rhythms, hot breaks, and tight harmonies, the group stays true to old time tradition, however often takes their bluegrass instrumentation to more creative places, and unexpected genres.
“Bison Will Rise Again” Musical
Canada’s Bison Musical! Come and see Bibi Bison’s debut as songstress and star of the plains as Queen of the Herd! Join Parks Canada interpreters for a live performance celebrating how Elk Island National Park contributed to the survival of plains bison.
Programs and Activities
Parks Canada Air Brush Tattoos
1 to 3:30 pm
“Learn to Canoe” Available at Astotin Lake
1 to 3:30 pm
“Learn to Camp” drop-in demonstration
1 to 3:30 pm
Resource Conservation Tent drop-in demonstration
12 to 3:30 pm
Bison Backstage Facility Tour at Visitor Centre
1:00 & 3 pm