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Celebrate Canada Day 2015

Celebrate Canada Day in Edmonton

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday in Edmonton by joining in on some of the many fun family events taking place around the city. End the day by watching a dynamic display of light and music on Edmonton's historic High Level Bridge, followed by a spectacular Canada Day fireworks finale in the river valley.

Lighting of the High Level Bridge

Time: 10:50pm
Head to your favourite viewing site and watch as the river valley is illuminated 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 94.9 FM. The duo was commissioned to create a special program using the High Level Bridge lights by the Edmonton Arts Council. The light show will end with a special Asani performance of O Canada!

Canada Day Fireworks Finale

Time: 11pm 
Enjoy the magnificent fireworks display over Edmonton’s river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River.

Good viewing locations:

  • Alberta Legislature Grounds
  • Victoria Park (River Valley Road)
  • Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street north)
  • Dantzer’s Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park)
  • Government House Park (Groat Road & River Valley Road)
  • TELUS Field is offering a reduced admission price of $4 per person after the 8th inning of the Edmonton Prospects vs the Weyburn Beavers game for those who wish to view the fireworks. Food concessions will be open until 10:30pm.

Note: No viewing is available from Kinsmen Park.

Viewing areas accessible on foot only (closed to vehicles):

  • River Valley Road
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Road
  • 109 Street (between Saskatchewan Drive & the High Level Bridge)
Access is restricted in Kinsmen Park, High Level & Menzies Bridges after road closure times. Kinsmen playground and picnic area are closed on Canada Day.

Road Closures for Fireworks Finale

Expect traffic delays two hours before the fireworks and 90 minutes after the show. Please be patient and courteous to help to make the trip home from the fireworks safe for everyone. For road closure details see the Current Traffic Disruptions map.

Event Parking

Usual restrictions and increased parking bans will be in effect. The installation of parking meter hoods and no stopping signs will begin early on July 1st to ensure that these lanes are clear of vehicles during peak traffic times. With minimal parking in the area of many venues, Edmontonians are encouraged to take the bus or LRT. Vehicles illegally parked will be tagged and towed.

Canada Day at City Hall

Time: Noon-4pm
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, give-aways and more. Free family fun for all ages! 

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM Semi Final 

Time: 5pm 
Cost: Regular Admission 
Only 4 teams are still reaching for a Greater Goal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM! Be at Commonwealth Stadium for the Semi Final. Tickets include free Transit to and from Commonwealth Stadium.

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

Time: 11am-4pm
Cost:  Regular Admission
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! 

Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory

Time: 10am-2pm
Cost:  Regular Admission
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with a visit to the Muttart Conservatory. Enjoy live music, Canada Day crafts and face painting. Treats and fun activities will be available throughout the day – a fun event for the whole family!

Dominion Day at Fort Edmonton Park

Time: 10am-5pm
It’s the 148th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada! Celebrate the traditional Edmonton way: watch an authentic parade, toast to the Queen, sing Happy Birthday, and take part in other royal activities. Avoid the line ups; visit Fort Edmonton Park to buy your tickets online.

Cool Off on Canada Day

Spend time soaking up the summer at a City of Edmonton outdoor pool or visit a recreation centre. Regular admission rates apply. For holiday hours, visit Recreation Centres. Or splash away the day at one of the City’s free Water Play Features (spray parks).

The Works Art & Design Festival at City Hall

Time:  Noon-4pm
Join The Works Art & Design Festival at City Hall for a free kids' crafts workshop.

Mill Woods Celebrates Canada Day

Time:  1-11pm
Come to Mill Woods Park (66 Street & 23 Avenue) and join in on the free family activities including hay rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, bouncy castles and an inflatable obstacle course, live music and more! Fireworks display takes place at 11pm. For road closure details, see the Current Traffic Disruptions map.

Canada Day Events in Boyle McCauley

Celebrate Canada Day in the heart of downtown Edmonton with two free events:

Boyle Street Community League BBQ
Come to the Boyle Street Plaza (9538-103A Avenue) for a free BBQ celebration. 

Chinatown Night Market
Celebrate Canada Day on Harbin Road (in front of the Chinatown Multicultural Centre (9540-102 Avenue) with traditional entertainment, arts and gift sales and food trucks. (Please note that 102 Avenue will be closed to vehicles between 95 Street and 96 Street from 1-10pm.) Visit the Chinatown Night Market website for details.

Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature

Time: 10am-7pm
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.)

Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Time: 11am-5pm
There's a whole lot of fun to be had at the Art Gallery of Alberta this Canada Day. Free admission. Bring the whole family for art activities and a chance to view some exciting exhibitions. Last admission will be at 4:30pm.

ETS Canada Day Service

There's a lot going on this Canada Day, so please allow plenty of time to get where you're going. LRT riders are reminded to allow people to get off the train before boarding.

Park and Ride information for FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015TM games, which includes special event lots and complimentary ETS service with game-day tickets, is available at takeETS.com/FIFA.

On Wednesday July 1, all ETS bus routes will operate on their regular Sunday schedules throughout the day.  The LRT will operate on a 10 minute frequency after 10am to the end of the service day. Regular Transit fares apply.

Please note that LRT service over the Menzies Bridge (between University and Grandin Stations) will be suspended starting at approximately 10:45pm for the fireworks and lighting of the High Level Bridge. The bridge could remain closed for up to 60 minutes. While the bridge is closed, trains will continue to operate between University and Century Park stations on the south side of the river and between Grandin and Clareview on the north side of the river. If you need to cross the river, please be aware of the potential for delay and adjust your travel plans accordingly.  For route and schedule details, call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or check the online ETS Trip Planner.

Special Fireworks Service
Extra service from transit centres at West Edmonton Mall (along Route 1), Eaux Claires/Northgate (along Route 9), Mill Woods (along Route 8), Westmount (along Route 5) and Southgate (along Route 9) will start at approximately 8pm to provide service before the fireworks display. Following the fireworks, buses will depart from downtown, Southgate and Coliseum areas. Service will be extended later on all routes operating after 10pm.

Fireworks Safety

If you are buying or using fireworks in Edmonton this Canada Day, be safe and make sure you have a permit to use them. Before you use fireworks, always check to see whether there is a fire ban in effect. For more information contact the Fire Prevention Office at 780-496-3628.

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca