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Canada Day Event Schedule

Download the schedule of events taking place on Canada Day.

Float and Walking Group Registration Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who registered a parade float or walking group. We look forward to celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with you!

Related Documents

All walking groups must complete and return a waiver form.

Walking Group Waiver Form

Please ensure you read the following documents before completing your registration:

Insurance Requirements

Rules and Regulations

Become a Volunteer!

Add your energy to the Canada Day Parade and Festivities! Help make our Canada Day 150 celebrations run smoothly by becoming a volunteer.

Volunteer Registration Form

Please note, you will be directed to a volunteer orientation document once you complete the volunteer registration form.

Parade Route Map

2017 Parade Route Thumbnail

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Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program

You are invited to watch the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program award ceremony on July 1 at the SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place. Join us at 1:30 p.m. to recognize the brave residents who went above and beyond during the first 100 hours of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

Learn more about the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program

2016 Canada Day Gallery

July 1 marks the day that Canadians across the country and around the world come together and celebrate our culture, history and our people.

Come celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday at the annual Canada Day Parade! Join us at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Fort McMurray to celebrate Canada 150.

Canada Day is a free, fun-filled, family-friendly celebration with something for everyone. There is a full day of family-focused activities at MacDonald Island Park and Heritage Village.

Shuttles providing transportation between MacDonald Island Park and the parade route will be available to allow participants to enjoy the festivities with ease. For full details on the shuttle service, please see below.

Remember to wear your red and white to show your Canadian pride. Lastly, please remember to bring your own bag to collect any items handed out at the parade.

Parade Route/Road Closures

The parade route starts at the intersection of Riedel Street and Franklin Avenue and goes north along Franklin Avenue to Morrison Street. This will result in the following road closures:

  • Riedel Street to Queen Street on Prairie Loop Boulevard (staging area):
    • Closed 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Franklin Avenue and Riedel Street to Franklin Avenue and Morrison Street (parade route):
    • Closed 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a rolling open system (roads open as last parade float passes)
  • Franklin Avenue and Morrison Street to Morimoto Drive (de-staging area):
    • Closed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free Park N' Ride

The Municipality is providing free public parking during the Canada Day celebrations in two downtown municipal parking lots – Hardin Street and Biggs Avenue – and at MacDonald Island Park. Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During the parade, there will be a FREE Park n’ Ride shuttle service with buses running every 15 minutes. Residents can park at MacDonald Island Park and hop on one of the four shuttle buses running to stops along the parade route from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The last shuttle will leave MacDonald Island Park at 10:30 a.m.

As the parade finishes, shuttle buses will resume services, picking up spectators from transit bus stops along the parade route for the return trip to MacDonald Island Park. Return trips will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A volunteer shuttle bus will be available for all volunteers after the parade. Volunteers will be picked up along the parade route as directed by the Volunteer Coordinator and will return to the volunteer tent adjacent to Queen Street in the Heritage Shipyard parking lot.

All shuttle stops and buses will be clearly marked with an easily identifiable sign.

Parade Schedule Of Events

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Time Activity Location
8:30 a.m. Shuttles to parade route begin MacDonald Island Park to Franklin Ave.
10:30 a.m. Canada Day Parade begins Franklin Ave.
11:30 a.m. Shuttles back to MacDonald Island begin Franklin Ave. to MacDonald Island Park

Check out the full schedule of events happening in our community!

Extended Transit Service on Canada Day

On July 1, 2017, only routes 11, 15, 16 and 99 will be in operation. These routes will be operating on Sunday/holiday schedules, with extended and additional service through the evening:

Route 11 - Airport/TaigaNova

Extended departures from the Main Street Terminal will take place at 12:30 a.m., 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., with the route ending at Mackenzie Blvd. after MacAlpine Cr.

Route 15 - Timberlea

Extended departures from the Main Street Terminal will take place at midnight and 1 a.m.

Route 16 - Thickwood

Extended departures from the Main Street Terminal will take place at 11:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

Route 99 - MacDonald Island

Starting at 7:30 a.m., the bus will run from Main Street Terminal at a 15-minute frequency to MacDonald Island Park until final departure at 1:30 a.m.

Our Canada Day Partners

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