While this pandemic has taken its toll on our physical and mental health, we can still celebrate Canada Day safely and take in some of the activities and sights around the city. Here is a short list of ideas to take in the day:
- GO GOLFING – Edmonton has a ton of golf courses in the city and surrounding area, so get outside and hit the links!
- WALK IN THE RIVER VALLEY – Edmonton’s River Valley is full of trails and small parks, and after sunset on Canada Day there will be a number of buildings lit up to mark the occasion in and around the area. Check out the lights on the Highlevel Bridge, Walterdale Bridge, Rossdale Powerplant, Muttart Conservatory, City Hall, and other downtown buildings.
- BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY – Check out local attractions like the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Royal Alberta Museum, or the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens. All require advance tickets, so remember to check out the respective website for the latest availability and information.
- SHOW YOUR CANADIAN PRIDE AT HOME – Put out your Canadian flag, or decorate your house, balcony or yard in red and white.
- CANADA DAY ROAD RACE – The Running Room is hosting a virtual Canada Day Road Race on Wednesday. Participants can run, walk or cycle around Edmonton and take photos of places in the city that represents their Canadian identity. Upload the pictures to the run website afterwards to see where the other participants ended up. Entry fee is $20/person and all proceeds will benefit the Canadian Cancer Society. Register at https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=16498.
- CANADA DAY HOUSE PARTY – check out the online concert put on by AirMiles to celebrate Canada Day. Complete details can be found at https://canadadayhouseparty.ca/.
- CANADA DAY CELEBRATION KIT – the Government of Canada has put together a handful of interactive activity packs that can be done with the whole family. Check it out at https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day/celebration-kit.html.
We want everyone to enjoy the Canada Day festivities safely and responsibly. Please be sure to maintain physical distancing parameters, wear a mask when appropriate, and be mindful of others in public spaces. Dr. Hinshaw and AHS have provided some recommendations for Canada Day, which can be found at https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-loves-a-party-alberta-health-sets-out-recommendations-for-canada-day-1.5003418.
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