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Fun Things to Do on Canada Day in Calgary and Edmonton

Fun Things to Do on Canada Day in Calgary and Edmonton

There are many events happening across the cities of Calgary and Edmonton on Canada Day.

Here is a guide to some of the many celebrations going on this weekend:

Calgary

  • Fireworks celebrations along the River-Walk by the Bow River
  • A living flag will be displayed at Fort Calgary
  • Numerous performances will be happening at Olympic Plaza
  • First Nations activities will be taking place at Prince’s Island Park
  • Canada Day in the Rockies: Activities include a parade, live entertainment and fireworks

Edmonton

Make sure to read the following fun facts to brush up on some Canadian history so you’re ready for Canada’s 150th birthday:

  • On July 1st, 1867 “the British North America Act” was enacted and Canada was formed as a Confederation.
  • In the beginning, Canada was made up of just 4 provinces; Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The remaining 6 provinces joined the Dominion in later years - with Newfoundland and Labrador as the last to join, in 1949.
  • Nunavut, the most recent territory to join the Confederation, in 1999, is home to the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.
  • “Canada Day” was officially named in 1982, when Canada enacted the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • “O Canada” became the official National Anthem in 1980.
  • Some Canadian inventions include: hockey, basketball, insulin & penicillin, zippers, the telephone.
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 243,976 kilometers.
  • The regent of England, currently Queen Elizabeth II, is the Canadian head of state.
  • Kim Campbell was the first and only female prime minister of Canada, serving in 1993.

So get out there and enjoy this wonderful country and celebrate Canada’s “sesquicentennial” [Ses•qui•cen•ten•ni•al] (it means one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary)!

*Photo by marke1996 

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