Canada Day 2015 in Calgary: What to do and how to get there
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Canada Day is just around the corner, and Calgarians of all ages are gearing up to celebrate the country’s 148th birthday in style.
With events planned across the city, many involving celebratory drinks and high volumes of people, it's important to plan your day accordingly.
In preparation for the festivities, the City of Calgary has added bike racks across the city, including near Eau Claire Market and the East Village Street Fair.
The city has set up a free all-day shuttle bus service running between Canada Day event sites in downtown including Eau Claire, Olympic Plaza and Fort Calgary from 11:00 a.m. until midnight. You can also plan your trip using city transit by visiting: www.calgarytransit.com/plan-a-trip
Calgary Parking Authority has made street parking and CPA run parkades (except the Arts Commons) free for Canada Day and are offering reduced holiday rates for CPA surface parking lots.
Multiple road closures will be effect from early morning July 1 until early morning July 2. For full list of road closures visit www.calgary.ca
What is open, what is closed?
Although many great Calgary spots such as the Calgary Zoo and the Devonian Gardens will remain open on Canada day, there are still a few places in the city that won’t be open this Wednesday including: city arenas, athletic parks, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and City fitness and aquatic centres.
Southland Leisure Centre and Village Square Leisure Centre will remain open this Canada Day with reduced hours from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
CANADA DAY EVENTS
Now that you know all of your transportation options for celebrating Canada Day here in Calgary, here are few cool events to check out around the city this Wednesday:
1) Food Truck Roundup 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Street eats galore will be available for Calgary foodies this Canada Day at Festival Market near Eau Claire. There will be music, drinks and most importantly food from across the globe representing our country’s diverse population.
2) Fireworks by Hudson’s Bay at Centre Street Bridge 10:45 p.m.
Lighting up Calgary’s skyline, the Hudson’s Bay has put together yet another Canada Day fireworks presentation to wow Calgarians. In coordination with music broadcast by 101.5 Kool FM and 95.3 The Peak, the firework display is sure to entertain Calgarians of all ages.
3) First Nations Powwow at Prince’s Island Park 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Bow Valley College’s Iniikokann Aboriginal Centre will be illustrating some of Canada’s oldest First Nations traditions through dancing, drum circles and storytelling.
4) East Village Street Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Family friendly activities will be happening all day down in the city’s East Village, with activities for children and performances by local artist, there is something for everyone in the family. You can also check out a live painting presentation with create! in the East Village.