Some things have changed over the years when it comes to celebrating Canada Day — others have not. We know that here in Red Deer, we love celebrating Canada Day by spending time with family, enjoying local events and ending the day of red and white with the bang of fireworks. If you’re looking for a bit of Canada Day fun, here is our list of some of the events we’re most looking forward to.
Eagerly anticipated and always enjoyed, Canada Day at Bower Ponds is an event not to be missed. It will be a fun filled day with live entertainment, international foods and of course — fireworks. This multicultural event in Red Deer first started July 1, 1969, and The Red Deer Cultural Society is pleased to announce this year will be its 50th anniversary. So come on down and make this a Canada Day to remember.
Enjoy a treat of free cake and coffee when you celebrate Canada Day at the Danish Canadian Museum. The Museum is located on the site where the people of Dickson gathered every July 1 from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s for the annual Dominion Day (what Canada Day used to be called) picnic. You can feel like a viking as you explore the museum and grounds or take some extra time and check out the other museums in the area like Historic Markerville with their Canada Day celebrations — barbecue anyone? You can also head down to the Stephansson House, Dickson Store Museum, or the Double Tree Village Museum. It’s a great way to celebrate our heritage as you step back in time and explore the Scandinavian Trail.
Another great way to celebrate Canada Day is at the Ellis Bird Farm where they will be honouring Alberta’s Indigenous history with Elder Maggie sharing her wisdom. Joseph From will also be sharing Legends from Central Alberta. There will be kid’s crafts as well and all this takes place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Fireworks on the lake: what could be better than that? Head down to Sylvan Lake for their Canada Day and take in some of the festivities along the pier. A great time and one of the best light shows around, at 11:00 pm!
Alberta Prairie Railway in Stettler is honouring Canada Day with a Canada Day Special to Big Valley. The flags will be flying and your locomotive will be dressed for the occasion. Join them and help celebrate Canada’s birthday, don’t forget to book early to make sure you have a spot.
Image used courtesy of Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society