Fort Saskatchewan is amping it up for Canada 150.
There's a ton of family friendly festivities, a free Glass Tiger concert in Legacy Park and the Fort's biggest fireworks display.
The Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the Legion goes from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
From 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. head downtown for the Car Show and Shine, organized by three of Fort Saskatchewan's dealerships, Heartland Ford, Southfort Chev and Straightline Dodge. The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market at the CN Station goes at the same time.
“We are really stressing the value of the free Transit on Canada Day, with four park n rides, and continuous busing through the day, even getting you home from the fireworks,” said Canada Day Committee vice chairperson Allison Smith. “Parking is at a minimum downtown, with none at all in the festival zone, so to bus, bike or walk may be your best solution.”
The annual parade, presented by PME, hits the streets at 11:00 a.m. In the spirit of Canada 150, the March West RCMP Troops will lead the parade as Honorary Marshals.
Opening ceremonies will take place on the Legacy Park stage at 1:00 p.m. with the traditional birthday cupcakes and ice cream served shortly after (free of charge, courtesy of Agrium).
The enhanced celebration has two entertainment stages for Canada 150. Following the opening ceremonies, family entertainment, sponsored by The Kanata Inn, will kick off by the Fort Heritage Precinct with afternoon headliners The Kerplunks from 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Family entertainment continues with Puppets on a String (2:25 p.m.), Irish dance (3:50 p.m.), story time with Sheeptown Players (4:25 p.m.) and Breakdance with Chris Hammer (4:50 p.m.).
From 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Legacy Park will be packed with Canada Day favourites, as well as some new activities. Fun for all ages includes human foosball, orb balls, remote control monster trucks, inflatables, carnival games, face painting and a petting zoo. All activities will have $5 unlimited use wrist bands for the first time.
After dinner, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Legacy Park bandshell for a free evening concert, sponsored by Shell Canada.
Opening at 7:00 p.m. is the local celtic rock group, The Derina Harvey Band. Glass Tiger will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m.
“Glass Tiger are among the most successful bands in Canadian history. They are forever woven into the fabric of Canadian music. We are especially thrilled to be able to bring them to Fort Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150,” said Conal MacMillan, chair of the Fort Saskatchewan Canada Day Committee.
The day will be capped by a fireworks spectacle in the river valley near Peter T. Ream Historic Park, brought to you by the City of Fort Saskatchewan. The fireworks will launch at around 10:45 p.m.