How Will You Celebrate Canada Day?
How Will You Celebrate Canada Day?
On July 1, 1867, the British North Americas Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four provinces, joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada province (now Ontario and Quebec) into a single country. On June 20, 1868, the Canada's Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation. July 1 became a statutory holiday, known as Dominion Day, in 1879. Ever since, Canadians commemorate this day with parades, music, festivals, fireworks and cookouts. The popularity of the holiday has been on the rise since the 1960's and show no signs of decline. This year, in particular, is a hallmark year for Canada - it's the150th anniversary of the Constitution Act. No small celebration for Canada! How are you going to celebrate? One of the biggest celebrations will be held in Canada's Capital, Ottawa and a array of fireworks over Parliament Hill. Closer to home, Calgary is hosting over a 100 different events...here are just a few to check out this weekend.
1. Tegan and Sara and fireworks on Riverfront Avenue
The firework show is set to begin just 10 minutes after the Calgary-born sisters finish their set at 11 p.m.The evening’s opening act is another Calgary-born musician, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.
There will also be a welcome address from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, as well performances from Inuit throat singers and other multicultural acts; including the Calgary Multicultural Orchestra, SPARQ Productions Bollywood Dance and Woezo African Music And Dance Theatre.
Where: Riverfront Avenue, between 1 Street SE and Macleod Trail
When: 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
2. A living flag at Fort Calgary
The City of Calgary and Enmax will host a living flag from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fort Calgary.
Events at the Calgary landmark are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a pancake breakfast planned for the first 2,017 people to arrive at the Fort.
There will also be a paddling race on the Bow River from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and several kid-friendly activities including a petting zoo, craft tent and photo booth.
Where: Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave. SE)
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3. Sing-along with Ian Tyson at Olympic Plaza
If you know the words to Four Strong Winds, you’re encouraged to join the sing-along with legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Ian Tyson, as he performs his classic melody for onlookers at Olympic Plaza.
Following the sing-along with Tyson, a group of new Canadians will be invited to redo their citizenship vows at a special “reaffirmation” ceremony at 2 p.m.
Other performers include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Opera, School of Ballet, Joint Improv Task Force and Global Fest Urban Arts Crew.
Where: Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave. SE)
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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This Canada day why not discover Canada’s rich history and national treasures! Providing a myriad of recreational opportunities throughout the year, CottageClub, Ghost Lake is one of those treasures - easily accessible from Calgary (only 35 minutes away). Ghost Lake is situated on the edge of the foothills and is named for the Ghost River, which flows into the east end of the reservoir. More importantly, this confluence of the Bow and Ghost rivers offer spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and clean, clear water for recreational and sporting enjoyment.
Come for a visit this weekend... we'd love to see you... and best wishes for a truly memorable Canada Day!
* Credits - Wikipedia - Canada Day