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Six Canada Day Events That Celebrate Alberta’s Diverse Cultures

Looking for a Canada Day beyond flag waving and fireworks? We have just what you need!

Canada Day means different things to different people.

While for many, the day is a celebration of nationhood marked by joy and pride, for others, it carries the tremendous weight of historical injustices and the painful legacy of colonialism that impacted First Nations Peoples and their ancestral lands.

Canada Day celebrations are evolving and are becoming more inclusive and sensitive to what it means to be a nation, as well as providing moments of reflection and learning. 

This acknowledgment does not diminish our celebration but enriches it, making it a deeper, more inclusive acknowledgment of all the stories that weave through our nation’s history.

To promote understanding and inclusivity, we have highlighted six Canada Day celebrations that recognize our complex past while celebrating the vibrant, diverse tapestry that represents Canada today. 

Let us move forward with a commitment to reconciliation, ensuring our celebrations reflect the true spirit of respect for each and every community that makes up our great country.

Canada Day at The Confluence – Calgary

Canada Day at The Confluence in Calgary (formerly Fort Calgary) will honour Canada’s rich heritage and diverse community in an immersive and vibrant setting. 

The Confluence has something for everyone to enjoy: engaging live performances, delicious food, an artisan market, culture exhibits, and a family fun zone.

Be sure to participate in hands-on workshops and learning activities that cater to all ages, from crafting sessions to educational talks about Canadian history and culture. 

Attendance is free.

July 1, 10 AM – 3 PM

The Confluence Canada Day Poster

Canada Day at The Rocky Mountain National Historical Site – Rocky Mountain House

Learn about Alberta’s rich tapestry of history and enjoy many fun activities on Canada Day at the Rocky Mountain National Historic Site.

Discover the historic fur trading post along the North Saskatchewan River and immerse yourself in stories of Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers.

Then, enjoy various activities, including a car show, puppets, wagon rides, axe throwing, a canine showcase, an AG Olympics, rock painting, lawn games, an artisan market, a carnival, food trucks, traditional drumming, and Métis performers.

Attendance is free.

July 1, Noon – 6 PM

Canada Day at the Rocky Mountain National Historic Site

Town of Cochrane Canada Day – Cochrane

Celebrate Canada Day in Cochrane at Mitford Park and enjoy a wide variety of events all day long!

Where to start?

Come at noon and chow down at one of the thirteen food trucks on site. Then, get ready for fun, entertainment and learning.

Highlights include a citizenship ceremony, ten main stage performers, six ATCO Stage performers, archery tag, bubble balls, lacrosse, pony rides, a craft table, a petting zoo,  a traditional tipi display, and stories from an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, followed by fireworks at 11 PM.

Attendance is free.

Noon – 11:30 PM

Canada Day at The Alberta Legislature – Edmonton

What better place to celebrate Canada Day than at Alberta’s centre of democracy?

Head down to the Alberta Legislature grounds and participate in the many Canada Day events.

Enjoy main-stage musical performances from noon to 5 PM and cultural performances in the South Bandshell from 1 to 5 PM.

The Family Fun Zone has everything you might expect from balloon artists, magicians, and clowns to wacky roving scientists and a hula hoop circus! 

Learn about Indigenous stories at the story-telling tent.

And if you have ever wanted to tour the Legislature, they have an open house for the public.

Of course if you get hungry, there will be food trucks on site.

Attendance is free.

July 1, Noon – 5 PM

CultureFest – Airdrie

With approximately 17% of Airdrie residents identifying as immigrants and over 20% identifying as a visible minority, the need for an increased sense of community and belonging for those who choose to call Airdrie home is more important than ever.

Hence, Airdrie’s first annual CultureFest!

The event is educational and celebratory, where everyone can participate and learn. The festival will be a safe space for individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds to meet, build relationships, and foster a deeper sense of community based on their similarities and, more importantly, their differences.

Nose Creek Regional Park will be laid out by continents (Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and Oceania) with vendor booths and cultural organizations/groups representing their countries together with neighbouring countries from their continent – imagine the most diverse block party you’ve ever seen.

Enjoy live music and performances, beer gardens hosted by Atlas Brewing, delicious food, and cultural activities.

Lucia-born soca artist, producer, and songwriter Motto will headline the main stage!

Attendance is free 

July 1,  1- 8 PM

Canada Day Airdrie CultureFest

Canada Day – Banff 

It’s not like you need an excuse to visit Banff, but Canada Day will add extra excitement for visitors.

First, Banff’s iconic and much-loved parade returns, featuring an eclectic mix of marching bands, mounted horse displays, mascots, dance and music performances, bicycles, wheeled riders, and floats.

The parade is on Banff Avenue from Fox Street to Buffalo Street to Bear Street and runs from 4:30 to 6 PM.

The best viewing spots for the parade are between Moose and Fox Street, just north of the High School Field, and will feature pre-parade entertainment starting around 3:45 PM.

Before the parade, participate in the Canada Day Sidewalk Art display, where you can create and add your own artwork to the mosaic from 9 – 11 AM at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

There will be a Canada Day Artisan Market from 10 AM. to 8 PM on pedestrian-friendly Bear Street, between Wolf Street and Caribou Street. 

The Family Fun Zone runs from 10 AM. to 3:30 PM and is located at Banff Community High School field, at the corner of Wolf Street and Banff Avenue.

You can enjoy a variety of classic lawn games and summer fun activities here, and you can visit the Blackfoot tipis!

Join Beau Valley Circus, the Bow Valley’s very own circus troupe, where you can learn a variety of circus disciplines, such as hoop dance, poi, acrobatics/partner acro, juggling, and more!

Attendance is free

July 1, 9 AM – 8 PM

Banff Canada Day Parade

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