EDMONTON – Following a two-year hiatus the Legislative Assembly of Alberta is pleased to welcome visitors back in person to celebrate Canada Day at Alberta’s centre of democracy. On Friday, July 1, from noon to 5 p.m. visitors can enjoy free entertainment and activities for all ages at one of the most picturesque places in our province, the Alberta Legislature Grounds.
“On Canada’s 155th birthday I invite Albertans to the Legislature, the people’s House, to celebrate this beautiful nation and our strong, hard-working citizens who are the pride and joy of this great land,” said the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our parliamentary system and enjoy examples of our diversity, culture, talents and traditions.”
Canada Day Programming
Welcome Ceremony (Noon to 12:30 p.m.)
Join Alberta singer/songwriter Andrea House at noon on the front steps of the Legislature Building to sing O Canada and kick off the day’s festivities with official remarks on behalf of the Legislative Assembly Office and provincial leaders.
Legislature Chamber Open House (12:45 to 4:30 p.m.)
The Legislature Chamber floor is open to the public only on Canada Day. Visitors are invited to ascend the grand staircase to see where their MLA sits and marvel at the Chamber’s iconic architecture.
Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, located on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building, just off Violet King Henry Plaza, will be open to the public on Canada Day. Visitors can enjoy the film Our People Our Province in the Pehonan Theatre, shop Capital Gifts and visit the Milestones exhibit in the Borealis Gallery to learn the stories of the Legislature and the role of parliamentary democracy in our province.
Alberta Family Fun Zone (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
The Alberta Family Fun Zone, located on the south grounds, will feature fun and interactive entertainment throughout the day, including Cree storytelling, roving characters, a magician, balloon-twisting and Taekwondo demonstrations.
Alberta Diversity Stage (1 to 5 p.m.)
Located on the Legislature South Bandshell, the Alberta Diversity Stage will celebrate the richness of our province’s cultural landscape through the music and dance of some of Alberta’s best multicultural performers, including Ukrainian dancers, Japanese drummers, Métis fiddlers and more.
Alberta Discovered Stage (1 to 5 p.m.)
The Alberta Discovered Stage, located on Violet King Henry Plaza, will present some of Alberta’s best contemporary music, including performances by The Hearts, Nicely Put Together Band and Raygun Cowboys.
Roving Music (1 to 4 p.m.)
Visitors can sing and dance along with Edmonton’s premier brass party band, the Brasstactics, who will rove throughout the Alberta Legislature Grounds during the afternoon.
Getting to the Alberta Legislature Grounds
Public transportation is recommended as road closures will be in effect and parking will not be available near the Legislature Grounds. Riding a bicycle is another great option as bike racks are located all around the Alberta Legislature Grounds for the convenience of our visitors.
Enjoying the Day
Visitors are encouraged to come prepared to enjoy the day; pack sunscreen, bug spray and lawn chairs; and dress according to the weather. A variety of food trucks and food stands will be stationed around the Legislature Grounds. Washroom facilities are available.
For additional event details please visit assembly.ab.ca/visit/events/canada-day.
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