Town of Canmore

Canada Day in Canmore

Canada Day returns in person for 2022!

UPDATE - Note the Pancake Breakfast starts at 9 a.m.

The Canada Day celebration that you know and love is returning this summer. After a two-year hiatus, we are looking forward to celebrating as a community with a jam-packed day with activities for the whole family. Grab pancakes at the classic pancake breakfast, then lean back in your lawn chair for the Canada Day Parade, catch live music at the Stan Rogers Stage, and round off the day with fireworks. 


Canada Day Parade

After two years of health orders and gathering restrictions, life is starting to return to normal in our community. What better way to celebrate this than by being creative and telling a story to our parade attendees about all of the travels and adventures we were planning and dreaming about. Our theme for 2022 is: “Choose Your Next Adventure”.

Parade entries will be adjudicated by a panel of jurors. The jury will be made up of the Mayor, a member of the Canada Day Society, and a member of the Cultural Advisory Committee. The jury will be looking for and scoring on thematic relevance, creative expression, creative effort, and degree of decorating difficulty. Ribbons will be awarded for First Place Overall, First Place Commercial/Business, and First Place Non-Profit/Youth Organization.

Parade routing will follow the same format as in previous years:

  • Begins at the corner of Fairholme Dr. and 15 St.
  • Continues down Fairholme Dr.
  • Turns left onto Main St.
  • Finishes at the corner of Railway Ave. and Main St.


Canada Day Volunteering

Canada Day Volunteer Call! 

Have you been missing the parade? The sweet smell of a pancake breakfast? Canada Day celebrations return this year, and we need your help to make Canada Day celebrations a success! We are looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks for the day of the event. Click here to register for a shift.


Canada Day Events

Canada Day Parade
· 12:00 p.m. 
· The Parade begins at the corner of Fairholme Drive and 15 St. It continues down Fairholme Drive, turns onto Main Street, and finishes at the corner of Railway Avenue and Main Street.
· Bring your chair or stand and enjoy.
· Parade Dry Zone - Choose to watch the parade from the area that suits you better: dry or wet zone. Absolutely NO WATER fights on the dry zone.

 

What Business Owners on the Parade Route Should Know
Road Closure Details:
• There will be a variety of rolling road closures and traffic disruptions on Friday, July 1 as related to the return of in-person celebrations for Canada Day 
• Our traditional parade route begins on Fairholme Dr, moving up Main St and ending at Railway Blvd.   
• Rolling road closures for the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and run through to 2 p.m.

Parade and Main Street Patio Information:
• In order to prepare Main St for parade floats, marching bands, horses, clown cars and all things parade-fantastic, we would like to respectfully ask that patio owners ensure the street-side edge of the patio space is condensed to the width of a parking stall (2.5M) from the hours of 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or the completion of the parade, whichever comes first).
• Please ensure spectators do not sit in front of the perimeter of your designated patio space, or on any fencing used to establish the perimeter. 
• For spectator and parade participant safety, we ask that patio umbrellas are removed from patio tables from the hours of 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or the completion of the parade, whichever comes first).  Umbrellas that twirl or flap in the breeze may spook the horses that will be riding in the parade.  Patio umbrellas can also obstruct spectator views from behind patio spaces
• We anticipate the curbside patios on Main St will be very popular destinations for our parade spectators this year.  We encourage businesses to put up signage that indicates their patios are utilized for “customer seating only.”

Additional Information to Keep In Mind:
• Canmore’s downtown core will be an extremely busy place as the Town of Banff will not be hosting a parade this year.  We are expecting an influx of 5,000-7,000 visitors to join us for our parade.  Our streets and sidewalks will be full!
• Please inform your staff so they may plan accordingly – they may want to retrieve long-weekend groceries or complete errands prior to July 1 (or wait until after the parade).
• Staff may want to consider taking FREE local transit, biking, walking, or carpooling if they are working downtown on July 1.  And lastly, come out and join us!  Parade registration is still open, so make sure you confirm a parade entry for your business by June 17!

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Picnic Pancake Breakfast – by Donation
· 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
· Centennial Park
· Hosted by the Rotary Club of Canmore and Calgary Stampede breakfast crew.
· Bring your own chairs and blankets to take in a traditional Stampede pancake breakfast picnic. 
Canada Day Fun Run & Walk
· 9:00 a.m. to noon
· Centennial Park
· Choose from 3, 5, and 10 km distances in support of Canmore Nordic Ski Club.
· Register at grizzlyevents.ca
Mountain Made Canada Day Market
· 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
· Civic Centre Plaza & Friendship Rotary Park
· A craft and artisan market with locally made crafts, art, food, and fun.
Canada Day Scavenger Hunt
In partnership with Mystery Towns, the digital scavenger hunt returns for FREE for one day only on July 1.
The family-friendly scavenger hunt will guide you to various areas in downtown Canmore in search of specific outdoor attractions. Register below!


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Marching Band Field Show
· 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
· Centennial Park
· Join us for performances from the Airdrie Scots Pipe Band, the Calgary Stampede Showband, the Calgary Round-Up Band, the Calgary Stetson Show Band, Our Lady of the Rockies Marching Band, and the Red Deer Royals.
Live Music from the Stan Rogers Stage
· 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
· Centennial Park
· Performances from the Stoney Nakoda Singers & Dancers, Gord March & Co., the Suzie Q Dance Band, and the dépaysés.
· Pack a picnic lunch, bring your own chairs, blankets, and join us for an afternoon of entertainment.



Entertainment Lineup

Gord March & Co.

As a member of the band Sully's Garage and as a soloist, Gord has been performing both original and cover tunes around the Bow Valley for the past 25 years. He is joined by fellow band member and bassist Mark Eckerle.

Suzie Q

The Suzie Q Dance Band has been providing professional musical entertainment in the Banff, Canmore, and Calgary areas since 1994. They perform a wide variety of pop, rock, and country music, and cater to various functions such as conferences, dances, weddings, special events, and more.

The group is led by drummer/vocalist Jon Frolick and features lead vocalist and pianist Suzanne Morley, guitarist Brent Saklofske, Keith Day on keyboards, and bassist/vocalist Neil Bentley. All band members are professional musicians who perform full time.

dépaysés

In 2015, dépaysés was created to pay tribute to French music from across Canada and the world. The band has performed around the Bow Valley and beyond, sharing French culture and joie de vivre. Playing the greatest French hits, dépaysés performs Folk, Country, Rock, Punk and plays music from the 50s to today. Our mission is to promote French culture for Francophones and Francophiles alike.

The band features the musical talents of five members, including Eric Brousseau on vocal, Patricia Marois on vocal and accordion, Fabian Gregory on guitar, Shawn Edge on drums, and J-P Heroux on bass guitar.

Canada Day Fireworks
· 10:30 p.m.
· Millennium Park
· Finish off the day with a bang! Only a short walk from Main Street.

Leave the fireworks to the experts – only approved fireworks as part of official events are permitted within the Town of Canmore for all of our safety. 

Traffic Disruptions

  • Heads Up! Vehicle access to downtown Canmore will be impacted on July 1. The road closures will accommodate our annual Canada Day Parade. Expect LIMITED TO NO vehicle access to downtown during on Canada Day between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You may still access and egress around the downtown area using HWY 1/Three Sisters Parkway.
  • Plan ahead! Get your long-weekend groceries prior to July 1 (or after the parade). Use Three Sisters Parkway, or ride, bike or walk. 
  • Consider taking FREE local transit, biking, walking, or carpooling.  Click here for information on Roam Transit routes.
Click Here for Traffic Disruptions Details
CLOSED: 24 Hours/Day

• Main St. (8 St.) between 6 Ave and 8 Ave. for pedestrian-only traffic

CLOSED: 7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (for the Canada Day Artisan Market)

• 7 Ave. between Walk of Champions (9 St.) and Alley

CLOSED: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Main St. (8 St.) from 6 Ave. to Railway Ave.

CLOSED: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 15 St. from 11 Ave. to 8 Ave.
• Fairholme Drive from 17 St. to 10 St.
• 8 Ave. from Industrial Place to 15 St.

CLOSED: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 8 Ave. from 10 St. to Veterans Way (7 St.)
• Railway Ave. (at A&W) from Bow Valley Trail To 10 St.
• 6 Ave. from Main S. (8 St.) to Centennial Park
• 10 St. from Railway Ave. to 8 Ave.
• Alleyway south of Main St. from 6 Ave. to Spring Creek Dr.
• Spring Creek Dr. entrance from Main St. to Alleyway

There will be limited vehicle access to Elevation Place while road closures are in effect. Please walk, cycle or Roam until Railway Ave. reopens at 2 p.m.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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