The city of Fort Saskatchewan has added some clarification to the reason why they are charging people to attend some of their Canada Day events.
The $5 wristband to get into Legacy Park for afternoon activities has caused quite a stir on social media, but this isn't the first time they have done this.
"It's historically been part of the event in the past," said Arthur Lewandowski, the community events and tourism specialist with the city.
"People need to keep in mind that the wristband includes all the activities specifically happening in Legacy Park."
For this year, that means that the wristband will allow people to enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, the Canada Day monster, a video game trailer, and the petting zoo.
The other staple events that are associated with Canada Day, like the pancake breakfast, parade, performances on the Bandshell Stage, and fireworks, will remain free to the public.
As for what the city does with the money collected from the wristband money, Lewandowski says it is put into the event.
"It goes toward the event itself," said Lewandowski. "It's just to offset some expenses as we bring in multiple vendors, exhibitors, and contractors to put the event on."
To see more about the Canada Day festivities, click here.