Things to do on Canada Day
There are many events happening in this beautiful capital city on our nation’s official birthday. Let’s talk about a few of them.
The Legislature Grounds
You most likely already know about this event, but it wouldn’t be a Canada Day in Edmonton list without talking about the Legislature Grounds. There’s the splash pool for the kids if it’s hot, dozens of food trucks, live music, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Plus, it’s a beautiful space to hang out on a blanket, and enjoy the sun.
Elk Island National Park
If you haven’t been to this National Park in our backyard, it really is wonderful. Not only is it part of the Dark Sky Preserve – meaning you get to experience the stars, and the night sky like you can’t in the city – but it is a great place to picnic, hike, and go for a canoe. Plus, bison! Calving happens in May and June, so you might actually get to see some little guys (but don’t get close – bison mamas are fiercely protective!).
The Art Gallery of Alberta
If you haven’t been to the not-so-new AGA yet, this is the perfect time to experience it, with free admission all day. There are fun activities for the whole family, and some beautiful exhibits, including some wonderful landscape shows. And, not to be too gauche, but the gift shop is really great, as is the Terrace Café with a glass of wine.
Riverboat Cruise & Fireworks
This one is a bit more expensive – $200 for a ticket – but you get a pretty unique view of the fireworks and there is a full bar. Enjoy the North Saskatchewan River at sunset, and get the best seat in the house for the fireworks show.
Edmonton’s Valley Zoo
Not only is this Canada’s 151st birthday, but it is also the Zoo’s 60th birthday celebration! Hang out with your favourite animals (like Lucy, the elephant!), enjoy some cupcakes and crafts, and get an airbrushed tattoo. It’s the perfect way to spend a holiday Monday.
Edmonton Prospect’s Baseball Club
Spend the evening cheering on the Prospects as they take on Moose Jaw. Hot dogs, beer, and some Canada Day sun! Plus you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy the fireworks – you’ll get a great view from the stands! Because it’s on Canada Day, there will even be a post-game concert to enjoy!
U of A Botanic Gardens
Prefer a more peaceful Canada Day? The gardens are beautiful this time of the year, plus there is live music and activities for the kids. You’ll get a chance to enjoy nature, which is one of the many reasons we love Canada.
Whatever you do on Canada Day, make sure you take some time to appreciate all of the things that make living here wonderful. Include a new resident of Canada if you can. Find your dog some good earmuffs to save them from fireworks anxiety. Take care of each other, and make Canada a place we all want to be.