Ways To Celebrate Canada Day In Edmonton

Whether you’re looking for something athletic or artistic, we’ve got you covered.


June 13, 2018

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For the firework aficionado …

Canada Day Fireworks Downtown

If all you’re interested in is checking out some amazing fireworks for Canada Day, don’t miss the big downtown fireworks display. The display kicks off at 11:00 pm and there are several great viewing locations in the city. According to the city, you can check out the show on the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Government House Park, Ezio Faraone Park and RE/MAX Field, as well as the only-accessible-on-foot Victoria Park, 109 Street (between Saskatchewan Drive and the High Level Bridge) and Walterdale Hill Road and Queen Elizabeth Park Road.

Various locations, edmonton.ca

For the art lover …

Canada Day at the AGA

Thanks to the support of Dentons, The Art Gallery of Alberta is offering free admission on Canada Day. There will be fun activities for families, as well as the opportunity to explore some of the stunning exhibitions.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-425-5379, youraga.ca

For the nature lover …

Check out the new addition to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

If you’re looking for a more peaceful way to celebrate the national holiday, head outside the city to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, they’ll have live music, children’s activities and Canada Day cake, all in an idyllic setting. And, the Aga Khan Garden opens on June 29 — so you can be one of the first to see the stunning addition.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, 780-492-3050, botanicgarden.ualberta.ca

Spend the day in a stunning national park

Head east of the city to Elk Island National Park for Canada Day. You can explore the islands of Astotin Lake in a canoe, have a picnic in a gorgeous setting, get a glimpse of some of the amazing creatures in the park and enjoy live music.

Elk Island National Park, 54401 Rg Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, 780-922-5790, pc.gc.ca

For the athlete …

Lace up your running shoes for a road race

If you’re looking a way to kick off Canada Day celebrations bright and early, lace up your running shoes and take part in the Canada Day Road Race 2018, which starts at 7:00 am. There are a variety of distances, from a 15K run to a 2.5K family fun event.

Alberta Legislature Grounds, 10800 97 Ave., 780-433-6062, events.runningroom.com

Challenge yourself at a Canada Day X Run

Join other runners on a 5 km path through the River Valley where you’ll encounter 10 sweat penalty zones that will test your strength. Your registration includes a free post-race beer at Craft Beer Market — it’s the perfect way to kick off a day of celebration.

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park, 13221 Buena Vista Rd., xwarriorchallenge.com

For the music fan ...

Spend the day at a Whyte Avenue block party

The Blues on Whyte Block Party returns for its 7th year, and it promises a full day of events you won’t want to miss. Things kick off with a pancake breakfast at 10:00 am, then there will be three stages with seven bands performing throughout the day, as well as food trucks and other vendors.

Blues on Whyte, 10329 82 Ave., 780-439-3981, bluesonwhyte.com

Listen to a line-up of all Albertan stars

The Works Art & Design Festival runs from June 21 to July 3, but on July 1 there’s a special line-up on The Works Stage of only Albertan performers. Share a few drinks on the patio sponsored by Big Rock Brewery, relax on the grassy hill with a great view of the stage and enjoy the performances of Rae Spoon, Jocelyn Alice and Altameda.

Capital Plaza at the Legislature, 10800 97 Ave., 780-426-2122, theworks.ab.ca

For family fun ...

Head to the zoo for a day of activities 

From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is celebrating Canada's 151st birthday in style — as well as the Zoo's birthday! Take part in a scavenger hunt, learn about all the animals, enjoy live music and more. 

Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd., 311, edmonton.ca 


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