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Canada Day - things you should know

How do I get there?


Canada Day flag

Calgarians are encouraged to walk, bike and take transit to the downtown area on Canada Day. To further facilitate this bike racks have been added in various locations around downtown including:

  • Olympic Plaza
  • Riverfront – west side of Harry Hays building and east of the food trucks
  • Sien Lok Park
  • On the path north of Festival Market and south of Jaipur Bridge
  • On the path around the Sixth Street S.W. entrance to Prince’s Island Park
  • In the Calgary Curling Club parking lot on Memorial Drive
  • Sixth Street S.W. at Fort Calgary
  • The Cycle Track network is open and can connect you to various events. Visit the map for more information.
  • Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is pleased to offer free parking in the following parkades on Canada Day:
    • McDougall Parkade
    • Centennial Parkade
    • City Centre Parkade
    • James Short Parkade
    • Convention Centre Parkade
    • City Hall Parkade
  • Street parking will be free on Canada Day. Surface parking lots provided by CPA will offer a reduced Holiday Rate.


Download the Canada Day events map for more information.

Where is a good place to view the fireworks?

Wherever you happen to be at 11 p.m. on Canada Day, if you can see the sky above the Centre Street Bridge, you’ll have a wonderful view of this world-class fireworks show. Synchronized with live music broadcast on 101.5 Kool FM and Wild 95.3 FM, you can tune in from any of the stellar viewing locations along the entire Bow River corridor including:

  • South Bow River pathway between Third Street S.W. and First Street S.W.
  • Sien Lok Park
  • Riverfront Avenue 

Additional locations with a great view include: 

Please remember to be respectful to the community you are visiting, obey parking restrictions and take your garbage home with you. Keeping our communities safe and clean is the responsibility of all Calgarians


What should I bring?

  • Bring your water bottle! H2O Buggy water refill stations will be located at Prince's Island Park and the Riverfront Festivities.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray, hat and umbrella. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and if you’re staying for the fireworks, consider bringing a jacket for the evening.
  • You can bring along snacks, and there will also be plenty of food trucks located both at Festival Market and along Riverfront Avenue (bring cash as some don’t take cards).
  • Picnic blankets are always a great idea both for enjoying a nice lunch in the shade, and for claiming a spot to watch the bands and fireworks show. 
  • Please note that with crowds of 250,000+ coming downtown on Canada Day it is best to leave pets at home. Dogs are prohibited on Prince's Island Park on Canada Day.

Waste, recycling and composting

  • Canada Day will offer waste and recycling stations including collection bins for beverage containers and compost stations for food scraps and napkins. These stations allow for separation of recyclable and compostable material in order to reduce the amount of materials heading to the landfill. This initiative is supporting The City’s goal of diverting 80 per cent waste from City landfills.
  • You can also help keep our city beautiful by employing the ‘pack it in, pack it out method. This means any items brought to an event should be carried home with you for proper disposal.
  • Portable washrooms are available at various event locations.
  • As McHugh Bluff Park is a popular area for fireworks viewing, extra garbage and recycling resources will be added on July 1 and picked up on July 2 to accommodate foot traffic in the area.

Road closures and parking bans 

Various roads in Calgary will be closed to parking and traffic in order to accommodate our city’s celebrations and ensure public safety. 

Daytime Closures

  • June 29 at 10 a.m. 3 p.m. – full closure of Riverfront Avenue from First Street S.E. to Langevin Bridge, eastbound lane will be open for traffic from Macleod Trail S.E. 
  • June 29 at 3 p.m. to July 1 at 6 a.m. – Riverfront Avenue closed from First Street S.E. to Macleod Trail S.E., single westbound lane open for traffic.

All Day Closures

  • July 1 at 6 a.m. to July 2 at 2 a.m.
    • Riverfront Avenue from First Street S.W. to the Langevin Bridge. 
    • Second Avenue from Centre Street to Riverfront Avenue. 
    • First Street S.E., north of Third Avenue. 
    • Macleod Trail S.E., north of Fourth Avenue (with the exception of one community access lane). 
    • Third Street S.E. cul-de-sac south of Riverfront Avenue (with the exception of one community access lane). 
    • Lower deck of the Centre Street Bridge.

Evening Closures

  • July 1 at 6 p.m. to July 2 at 2 a.m.
    • Memorial Drive from 10th Street N.W. to Edmonton Trail 
    • Upper deck of Centre Street Bridge (and sidewalks) between Eighth Avenue N. and Third Avenue S.
    • Second Avenue S.W. from First Street S.W. to Centre Street
    • Various streets in the Crescent Heights community will be restricted to residents only. Community resident access points are:
       Crescent Road at Third Street N.W.
       First Street N.W. at Ninth Avenue
       Second Street N.E. at Eighth Avenue
       Sixth Avenue N.E. at Edmonton Trail 
    • Parking ban on the south side of Eighth Avenue N.E. between Centre Street and Edmonton Trail.

For up-to-date road closure information, please follow The City of Calgary's Transportation Department on Twitter @yyctransport or visit

Road closure map
Road closure map

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