Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Canada Day celebrations - Things to know

Next Wednesday, July 1, we’re throwing a huge celebration in honour of Canada’s 148th birthday and all of Calgary is invited to join us in the festivities.

Canada Day is the city’s largest single-day festival drawing crowds of 250,000 during a full day of family-friendly fun that spans across the downtown core from Fort Calgary to Prince’s Island Park and many spots in between.

With so much going on, we’ve put together a list of things you should know before heading down to celebrate.

Getting around

Walk, ride your bike or take transit to the downtown area. Plenty of bike racks have been added at various locations around downtown and you can download Calgary Transit’s new app, which makes it easy to plan trips, look up schedules and see real-time bus and train arrivals.

Free all-day shuttle buses will run between various Canada Day event sites in the downtown core including Eau Claire, Olympic Plaza and Fort Calgary from 11 a.m. until midnight. A free fireworks shuttle will run between SAIT and McHugh Bluff Park from 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Pay parking is available at SAIT, however Calgarians are encouraged to take the CTrain to meet the shuttle.

Thanks to the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA), downtownCPA parkades (with the exception of the Arts Common parkade) and street parking will be free on Canada Day. Surface parking lots provided by CPA will offer a reduced Holiday Rate. But please remember there are a number of parking bans and road closures in effect to accommodate the many activities that are part of Canada Day.

What to bring

Bring your water bottle as we’ll have H2O Buggy water refill stations located at Prince's Island Park and the Riverfront Festivities. Also, don’t forget sunscreen, bug spray and a hat. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and if you’re staying for the fireworks, consider bringing a jacket for the evening.

Waste, Recycling and composting

Canada Day will offer waste and recycling stations including collection bins for beverage containers and compost stations for food scraps and napkins. You can also help keep our city beautiful by employing the ‘pack it in, pack it out’ method. This means any items brought to an event should be carried home with you for proper disposal.

We want everyone to have a safe and fun time while celebrating our nation’s birthday and look forward to welcoming Calgarians to the festivities on July 1.

For more important info on things to know for Canada Day, and for a list of all of the great activities on offer, visit

Submitted by Lauren Greschner, Recreation

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