City Services: Canada Day 2018

We're adjusting our hours of operation for Canada Day on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Canada Day celebrations

Join Canada’s 151st birthday celebrations taking place across downtown. We have worked with our partners to plan many fun, family-friendly and free events filled with music, dance, art and culture.

Getting around

​Calgarians are encouraged to walk, bike and take transit to the downtown area on Canada Day, bike racks have been added in various locations.

Calgary Transit

On Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2, Calgary Transit will be providing a Sunday level of service. Some bus routes will be on detour when the Centre Street bridge is closed for fireworks. Whitehorn and Rundle CTrain stations will be closed for maintenance from June 30 - July 2. Shuttle buses will be in place, running between McKnight-Westwinds and Marlborough stations.

For more information on fares, schedules and service changes, please visit or follow us on Twitter @calgarytransit.


There will be a number of road closures and detours to accommodate Canada Day celebrations near Riverfront Avenue, Memorial Drive and Centre Street Bridge. For a full list of affected roads, please visit the special event road closures page on


​No payment is required for on-street parking on Canada Day, July 1, 2018 (time limits and all other signed restrictions still apply). Calgary Parking Authority is offering free parking on Canada Day in all of their parkades, with the exception of the Arts Commons Parkade, where holiday rates will be in effect.

Fireworks parking North ridge - please consider alternate modes of transportation. Parking at SAIT is recommended as resident access only to Crescent heights and Rosedale communities - no parking in alleyways - ticketing and towing will be in effect.

Things to do

The entertaining Indigenous Showcase is back on Prince’s Island Park, we have a ‘One City, One Voice’ community sing-a-long at the Riverfront Stage, food trucks along Riverfront Avenue, a military showcase, Francophonie celebrations of food and music, a street fair in the East Village and a multicultural celebration in Eau Claire to name a few.

Don’t forget that entrance to the National Music Centre is free on Canada Day, thanks to the support of Bell. As always, the evening will close with some great bands on the Riverfront Stage and our ENMAX Fireworks spectacular will start at 11 p.m.

Our interactive google map makes it easy for you to find Canada Day 2018 events on July 1 in downtown Calgary, road closures, and other features. 

Canada Day Events – July 1, 2018


Event and Time

Fort Calgary

Canada Day at Fort Calgary (9 a.m.  4 p.m.)

Olympic Plaza

Canada Day at Stephen Avenue Walk /Olympic Plaza (9 a.m.  5 p.m.)

East Village District

Canada Day at East Village Street Fair (10 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Studio Bell

Canada Day at Studio Bell (10 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Olympic Plaza

Canada Day Alberta Jeep Extreme Virtual (11 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Central Library

Canada Day at Calgary’s Central Library (11 a.m.  4 p.m.)

Eau Claire Market

Canada Day at Eau Claire Market Plaza (11 a.m.  9 p.m.)

Prince's Island Park

Canada Day at Prince's Island Park, Célébration Franco-Albertaine (11 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Prince's Island Park

Canada Day at Prince's Island Park, Prince’s Island Park – Powwow & Indigenous Showcase (11 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Sien Lok Park

Canada Day at Sien Lok Park (11 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Riverfront Avenue

Canada Day Military Showcase (11 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Prince's Island Park

Canada Day Turban Eh! (11 a.m.  5 p.m.)

Chinese Cultural Centre

Canada Day at Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (12 p.m.  7 p.m.)

Chinatown District

Canada Day at Chinatown (12 p.m.  5 p.m.)

Riverfront Avenue

Canada Day Concert (6:30 p.m.  11:05 p.m.)

Riverfront Avenue

Canada Day One City, One Voice community sing-a-long (6:30 p.m.  7:30 p.m.)

Centre Street Bridge

Canada Day ENMAX Fireworks (11 p.m.  11:20 p.m.)

For a list of community events happening in Calgary over the long weekend, check out local events listings or visit for more information. 

Enmax 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. You can enjoy the show from any of the viewing locations along the entire Bow River corridor including:

  • South Bow River pathway between third street S.W. and first street S.W.
  • Riverfront Avenue
  • Tom Campbell’s Hill Park
  • Nose Hill Park
  • Max Bell Centre

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.

Staying safe


Calgarians are reminded that a permit is always required to ignite or shoot fireworks (including screamers, poppers and firecrackers) within The City of Calgary. Fireworks can be enjoyed on Canada Day from any of the viewing locations along the Bow River corridor.

River safety

Planning to spend the day on one of Calgary's rivers? Check out our for tips before heading out.

Around the house

City landfill hours
Updated landfill hours and locations are available on Hours for this weekend include:


East Calgary



Sunday, July 1




Monday, July 2




Facility hours and closures

All City of Calgary administrative buildings, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, July 2.

Sunday, July 1 - OPEN: 

  • All Aquatic, Recreation & Fitness Centres are open 
  • Southland Leisure Centre and Village Square Leisure Centre are open 
  • City of Calgary golf courses are open 
  • Arenas & Athletic Parks are open for advanced bookings only
  • Calgary Soccer Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (advanced bookings only)

Monday, July 2 - OPEN: 

  • Southland Leisure Centre is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • All golf courses are open 
  • Calgary Soccer Centre is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (advanced bookings only)
  • Athletic Parks open for advanced bookings only

Monday, July 2 - CLOSED: 

  • All Aquatic, Recreation & Fitness Centres
    • Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre
    • Beltline Aquatic & Fitness Centre
    • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre
    • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre
    • Foothills Aquatic Centre
    • Glenmore Aquatic Centre
    • Inglewood Aquatic Centre
    • Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre
    • Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre
    • Shouldice Aquatic Centre
    • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre
    • Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre
  • Village Square Leisure Centre
  • North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres
  • Arenas
    • Ed Whalen & Joseph Kryczka (Southland Leisure Centre)
    • Ernie Starr Arena
    • Father David Bauer/Norma Bush Arenas
    • Frank McCool Arena
    • Max Bell Centre
    • Murray Copot Arena
    • Optimist/George Blunden Arenas
    • Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas
    • Shouldice Arena
    • Stew Hendry/Henry Viney Arenas
    • Stu Peppard (Glenmore) Arena
    • Village Square Leisure Centre Arena 1 & 2