There’s no better place to celebrate Canada Day than the Alberta Legislature. You’ll find free, Alberta-made entertainment and activities for the entire family, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. including a 21-gun salute, a Welcome Ceremony featuring singer-songwriter Braden Gates and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and tours of the Legislature building. Throughout the day, 27 of the province’s brightest talents will play on four stages in the legislature grounds, honouring Alberta’s role in Canada’s past, present and future.
If you’re looking for something different on Canada Day, why not take a mini-vacation at one of Alberta’s world class, awesomely cool, gorgeously authentic provincial historic sites or museums? You don’t have to go far to get lost in history, chalk up another experience for the bucket list, or just give your brain something fun to chew on. Check out what the sites have in store, for Canada Day – or thereabouts – and every day.
As always, check the Alberta Culture Calendar for other events that might be happening in your area.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Vintage Day – Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The annual Vintage Day show and shine features everything from sleek coupes to tractors. It’s open to car enthusiasts and collectors; just steer your classic ride 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16. New for participants this year are People’s Choice and Director’s Choice awards. To register, complete the Vintage Day registration form or call 780-662-3640.
Beyond the vintage vehicles you’ll find family fun with a pancake breakfast (Canada Day-themed with strawberries and whipped cream), jumpy castle, free horse-drawn wagon rides and musical entertainment. And if the words pyrohy, holubtsi and kovbasa don’t make your mouth water, just ask for the Heritage Plate and prepare your taste buds for a great discovery!
Canada Day Celebrations – Tuesday, July 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Let’s start with dessert: there will be birthday cake. Did you know that Fort Dunvegan was established 62 years before Canada became a country and that the First Nations, Fur Trade and Missionary activity that occurred here all contributed to the formation of our great nation? Celebrate Canada’s heritage by exploring Dunvegan’s four exquisitely restored historic buildings, playing games, learning a craft and enjoying family entertainment. Admission is half price!
Father Lacombe Chapel
Oh Canada! – Tuesday, July 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Head to Mission Hill and celebrate “Oh Canada!” with the City of St. Albert. Take a tour – in English or French – of the 1861 chapel (Alberta’s oldest building), the crypt and the cemetery. Make an old-fashioned craft and enjoy historic demonstrations, games and home-made ice cream!
Royal Alberta Museum
Open Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the main things to keep in mind when you visit the Royal Alberta Museum on July 1 is that the century-old bridge on 102 Avenue (the one that buzzes when you drive over it) will be closed completely so it can be replaced. We’re happy to say it’s business as usual for the RAM during bridge replacement! Check out alternate driving routes.
Once you get to RAM, take in a free concert by the Cosmopolitan Music Society’s Summer Band. They’ll be outside the front entrance weather permitting – upper level inside, otherwise. Check out the feature exhibit Worn to Be Wild and chart the history of the black leather jacket from functional wear to the ultimate symbol of cool. See jackets worn by Elvis in the 50s (and his 1956 K Model Harley-Davidson!), WWII-era painted military flight jackets, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s jacket from Terminator 2, and much more . If you’re more of the quilting or rug-hooking type, there’s also something for you in Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art.
Open Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From aircraft-inspired design to drive-ins and foreign exotics, The Fabulous Fifties exhibition explores the fun, fads and fantasy of Canada’s postwar automobile culture. On July 1, “Play Your Hunch” in a ‘50s-style game show at 11:40 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. Or, take a chauffeur-driven Vintage Vehicle Tour on the museum grounds between noon and 4 p.m. You can add an open-cockpit bi-plane adventure (weather dependent) and Ooh!/Aah! at the Canada Day fireworks on the museum grounds at 11 p.m.