Who else is getting excited for Canada Day??!! The July 1st long weekend is always something to look forward to, but this year I think it’s safe to say that the festivities are going to be bigger and better than ever before. Canada is turning 150 and the prep for the big day can be seen all across Canada with impressive pop-ups and imagery. I have to say, I haven’t always been inspired to bust out the Canadiana and combat the crowds, but this year, whether it’s because it’s such a milestone or because I’m raising my own little Canadian, I’m feeling all kinds of festive!
I’ve rounded up a few of the ways to get out with your fam jam and celebrate in YYC leading up to the day and on July 1 – there are so many, I wish we could do them all!
Red Ball Calgary (aka Red Ball Project): This was actually brought to my attention by a co-worker and is an art piece that has visited cities internationally. In the week leading up to Canada Day, this installation will be in seven different locations throughout the city, ending at Olympic Plaza.
Canada Day at Heritage Park: If you know me, you know I love, and I mean LOVE, Heritage Park. I’ve been visiting this historical village since I was a kid, participating in their summer camps dressed head to toe in pioneer garb, pretending to be an early Canadian settler. For Canada Day, they’re debuting a new exhibit showcasing one of only six remaining Colonist Cars left in the country. Actors will be simulating experiences the early settlers had while travelling West to establish Alberta – how fun is that?! Plus, the first 2017 guests get a free pancake breakfast!
Celebrations at Confederation Park: This is another opportunity for a free pancake breakfast and coffee courtesy of Canada’s favourite morning joe provider, Tim Horton’s… not to mention horse drawn wagon rides and the highlight in my opinion, the opening of a time capsule that was closed during Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967!
Glenbow Museum, Canada 150 exhibits: If you’re looking for a relaxing and unique activity to do on the day, look no further than the Glenbow museum which will be featuring tours of First Nations galleries, artificial handling and the assembling of a large-scale Canadian flag mosaic.
Calaway park: Why not spend Canada Day on the midway?! The first 1000 guests into the park will receive a birthday cupcake in honour of Canada!
Fort Calgary: Another Calgary landmark and historical village, Fort Calgary is hosting what could potentially be the largest living Canadian flag ever – if you show up before 10 a.m., you’ll receive a free red or white t-shirt from organizers.
Aboriginal showcase and powwow: Prince’s Island Park is hosting a few different events on July 1, one of which is an authentic look into Canada’s indigenous cultures featuring opportunities to learn Metis dance steps and participate in a traditional powwow.
Military showcase: Another Prince’s Island event is the Military showcase which will incorporate displays and educational activities for the whole family. If you’re on the island, make sure to check this and the aboriginal showcase out!
Fireworks: If you love to watch the Canada Day fireworks most years, then you won’t want to miss the showcase this year. With multiple locations throughout the city, each is sure to be a show-stopper and bigger and better than ever before. For a full list of locations to watch the July 1 fireworks from, click the link above.
What are me and my gang getting up to? We’ll be heading to Heritage Park (my fave) bright and early and then heading over to a friends house for a BBQ with our nearest and dearest! What will we be wearing? I’m glad you asked. I got a graphic tee for Luca, a sweet embroidered red and white shift dress for me and a real hilarious white short sleeved number for Mike with a tiny hot dog print… not. even. kidding. We’ll be reppin’ red and white from head to toe!
Now that we have a wee one, we probably won’t be witnessing any fireworks this year and that’s ok with me. Hopefully we’ll all be falling into bed full of Vitamin D and hot dogs by 8 p.m. – happy Canada Day long weekend, y’all. From mine to yours <3