How to celebrate Canada's big year if you come to UAlberta in 2017!


There's never been a better time than 2017 to come to UAlberta and make the most of your Canadian experience! Canada is turning 150 on July 1st, and yes we are celebrating all year round!

As an international student, you have a unique opportunity to explore the Canadian culture and learn more about the community through a wide variety of events and activities taking place in Edmonton and the surrounding area.   


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What you need to know?

Canada's National   Day commemorates the birth of the country on July 1st, 1867, in which the three British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada were united. Every year on July 1st, Canada Day festivities take place across the country, but  this year, and as we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the celebrations are bigger than ever!  

How to celebrate on July 1st?

Edmonton is hosting a large number of special events across the city, so if you happen to be at UAlberta in 2017, don't miss out on taking part in Canada's biggest birthday party!


        1. Downtown Edmonton


Celebrate Canada's birthday at the Legislative  Assembly  of  Alberta all day long. The Legislature Building hosts an annual open house and a tour for visitors, as well as musical performances, cultural exhibits and other fun activities.


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Credit: I heart Edmonton


Come down t o  Edmonton City Hal l  in Churchill Square for free entertainment and fun activities! Canada Day celebrations start with a ceremony in the city room, followed by dance and music performances, displays and giveaways!


        2. Parks and Historic sites


Join Edmonton’s diverse communities in celebrating the first of July at the park! Canada Day activities usually start early in the morning and include a typical Canadian breakfast, citizenship ceremonies, parades, BBQs, outdoor concerts, and much more!


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Credit: The Edmonton Sun


        3. The Fireworks




No matter how you choose to celebrate Canada Day, make sure you watch the magnificent fireworks over Edmonton’s river valley and the North Saskatchewan River.


How to celebrate throughout the year?


        1. Explore Canada's National Parks and historic sites


In celebration of Canada day, this year  Parks Canada is offering free entrance to nearly 50 parks and 170 historic sites in Alberta and across the country. Don't miss out! Get your free pass here


There is also a wide variety of events and activities happening throughout the year across Edmonton; you may want to check them out!

The Muttart Conservatory, Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton Valley Zoo, Heritage Chinatown Night Market, Art Gallery of Alberta, Telus World of Science, and Strathcona County.


For a full list of activities, visit  here  


        2. Explore what makes Canada a great nation


The University of Alberta has launched Canada 150  website  in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary. As part of UAlberta, learn more about the people who have contributed to the country and explore their outstanding achievements. You can also check out UAlberta Canada 150 for some special events!


The City of Edmonton and Alberta Government have also launched special websites in celebration of Canada's big year! Make sure you stay tuned for all the upcoming events happening in Edmonton and Alberta!


Written by Hiba Kamal-Choufi


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