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Canada Day in Banff 2017 150 years

Entrance to the Banff National Park is free in, 2017 you must apply for free pass. So come and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in Canada’s finest and first national park! There are tons of family-friendly events that run throughout the day, here is a quick run down on the highlights.

Children’s Sidewalk Art

From 9am – 11 am – 100 Block Bear St.

Try your hand at some creative artwork, on the sidewalks outside the Whyte Museum. With an array of colorful chalk on hand, adults and kids and let loose on a Canadian themed piece of artwork.

Canada Day ParadeCanada Day Parade

Starting at 11:30 – Banff Avenue

The annual Canada Parade will take place down Banff Avenue from Fox Street to Buffalo Street starting at 11:30am. With brass bands and Mounties, this patriotic parade celebrates everything that is great about Canada.

Canada Day Fireworks

Starting at 11pm – Central Park

As the sun begins to set behind the Canadian Rockies, locals and tourists gather in Central Park for the closing ceremony to a full day of Canadian celebrations. The Canada Day fireworks are a fantastic spectacle for the whole family to enjoy.

Central Park Events & Activities

If all of those events weren’t enough there is also FREE entertainment happening throughout the day in Central Park. Check out the line-up below.Central Park

 11 a.m. Banff Artisan and Farmers Market opens
 12:45 p.m. The Hunt Family – First Nations Dancers
 1 p.m. Official Welcome from Banff National Park Superintendent Dave McDonough and Mayor Karen Sorensen  
 1 p.m. Performance by The Swillbillies
 1:30 p.m. Verkhovyna Ukrainian Dancers
 1:50 p.m. Performance by The Wardens
 2:30 p.m. Performance by Dance For Joy Studio
 2:50 p.m. Performance by The Wardens
 3:30 p.m. Brad Brewer
 3:50 p.m. The Calgary Fiddlers
 4:30 p.m. Amelie Patterson
 5 p.m. Verkhovyna Ukrainian Dancers
 5:30 p.m. Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT
7 p.m. Elk Run & Riot
 9 p.m. The Steadies
 10 p.m. Performance by Midnight Taiko
 11 p.m. Fireworks

High School Field

 9-11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast presented by the Town of Banff and Banff Lodging Company
 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Old-fashioned games with “Isabelle The Wonderful”
 1 p.m. Steve Harmer Magic Show
 2 p.m. Blackfoot Medicine Speaks
 3 p.m. Piast & Mazur Polish-Canadian Dancers of Edmonton Society
 4 p.m. Performance by Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT
 5 p.m. Filipino Traditional Dancers
 6 p.m. Steve Harmer Magic Show
 6:30 p.m. Emcee final announcement – venue closed

Canada Day celebrations in Central Park – What to Bring:

  • Lawn chair(s) or blanket(s)
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • An umbrella – this event is rain or shine
  • Share the spirit. Bring flags or wear shirts or hats sporting the maple leaf.

2017 Road Closures/Parking Lot Closures

  • Banff Avenue will be closed from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. from Fox Street to Buffalo Street on July 1 for the Canada Day parade.
  • The Norquay highway entrance to town will be closed to inbound traffic from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Banff Avenue highway entrance will remain open and a detour will be implemented down Muskrat Street for vehicles to access the bridge.
  • Certain roads in town will be limited to local traffic only from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and parking on Cougar Street, Fox Street and Elk Street will be limited to allow for parade staging. Please see Road Closure Map (PDF) for details.
  • Use to find parking in town and for the Roam Public Transit bus schedule. You can also check out our Parking List for a map of parking locations and information on where to park RVs, and the Traffic Dashboard for travel times within the Town of Banff.

For a full 2017 Canada Day line up, click here.

Happy Canada Day!


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