Celebrate in Canmore: Line up early for the pancake breakfast or join in the annual Canada Day Fun Run. At noon, Main Street comes alive during the parade and festivities run into the late afternoon with music and family activies in Cenntenial Park. Finish the day off with a Bang with the Fireworks display. Spending our national day in beautiful Canmore is a pleasure that should not be missed.
Celebrate in Banff: Each year the Town of Banff throws a huge party to celebrate Canada Day, complete with kids games, a parade, fireworks and more. Come, celebrate Canada Day in the country’s first national park.
Celebrate in Cochrane: Canada Day Pancake Breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion from 9-11am. There’s also a flag raising ceremony followed by birthday cake at the same location.
Canada Day Family Concert: Cochrane’s 15th annual Canada Day celebration is set to feature a night of stellar local talent. Headline acts include High Valley, a country music duo from Blumenort and Hey Romeo, a roots, pop-country trio of songwriters from Edmonton. Following the concert, a spectacular fireworks show will amaze residents. Enjoy an artisan market, local food vendors and kid’s zone. Gates open at 4pm, show is from 5-9pm.
The first day of Summer has deep historical and cultural importance as people celebrate the longest day of the year. From the new-age festivities surrounding England’s Stonehenge to the Midsummer’s Eve celebrations in Scandinavia, people still gather each year to mark the summer solstice, which officially occurred today, Saturday, June 21 4:51 a.m (MST). Summer solstice campfire celebrations are popular in cooler northern countries like Iceland, Poland, Latvia, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. While in Canada, Aboriginal Day coincides with the summer solstice. It was selected in 1996 after the Assembly of First Nations called for a day to unite and celebrate native cultures. The date had meaning because aboriginal societies traditionally marked the summer solstice one way or another. While some may not think of the solstice as a cause for celebration, it is a day of deep historical and cultural significance. Solstice celebrations were a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar, and bonfires, maypole dances and courtship rituals linger on in many countries as holdovers from Europe’s pagan past.
Drumheller Badlands Tour: Learn how ancient glaciers formed this fascinating landscape and explore Canada’s great dinosaur bone beds. Your all-day tour includes stops at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Horseshoe Canyon and the world’s largest dinosaur. From $113 per person. More info here
Fondue with a View: Your full-day guided hike from Lake Louise includes a decadent chocolate fondue and mind-blowing views at the top. On the way, you’ll learn all about wildlife, wildflowers and the mountain ecosystem. From $114 per person. More info here
Dad’s Dream Day: Dad’s best day ever includes overnight at the comfortable Wayside Inn, a hearty breakfast and a whole day drooling over antique cars, planes and other machines at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. Save 17% – from $140, double occupancy. More info here