Canada Day 2016
Map: Parade Route
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Download: Parade Route (Printable)
July 1 marks the day that Canadians across the country and around the world come together and celebrate our culture, history and, most importantly, our founding as a country on that day in 1867.
This year’s Canada Day celebrations are an important milestone for our municipality, as it is the first time that we will gather as a community since the evacuation on May 3, 2016. With that, we invite you to come celebrate not only Canada’s birthday, but our resilience – as well as give thanks to the heroic first responders who fought to save our community – with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, your neighbours and your family. The municipality, in partnership with the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC), is hosting the annual Canada Day celebrations, which will take place on Canada Day, July 1, 2016, with support from the Government of Canada and a number of community partners.
Spectators are invited to join the parade following the last float and continue walking to MacDonald Island Park with the parade walking groups.
The annual event 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 the annual Canada Day Parade that starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Fort McMurray, to look forward to.
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.
Check out the Calendar of Events for a full list of events that will be happening that day, and 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.
Each year, the RMWB relies on thousands of volunteers to help make our community a great place to live. Our Canada Day celebrations are no different and wouldn’t be a success without dedicated people volunteering their valuable time. We require numerous volunteers to make this event run smoothly, helping out as barricade monitors, noisemaker distributors and registration personnel. Register online to become a volunteer
Register A Float/Register As A Walking Group
Given that our community is still in recovery from the wildfire, we are aware that businesses or individuals may not be able to prepare floats in advance of July 1. Therefore, we strongly encourage businesses or individuals to enter walking groups into the parade as an alternative to floats, which can be done via the float registration page. However, floats are of course still welcome and appreciated.
Find out how your group can participate in the parade.
Once the parade is finished, walking groups will be directed back to MacDonald Island and are invited to enjoy some family entertainment that will be happening on the mainstage beside The Fox Den Lounge or go into the Suncor Community Leisure Centre to enjoy in some family activities.
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 schedule of road closures.
Riedel Street to Queen Street on Prairie Loop Boulevard (staging area):
- Closed 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Franklin Avenue and Riedel Street to Franklin Avenue and Morrison Street (parade route):
- Closed 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. with rolling open system (roads open as last parade float passes)
Franklin Avenue and Morrison Street to Morimoto Drive (de-staging area):
- Closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Park and Ride
The RMWB is providing free public parking during the Canada Day celebrations in two downtown municipal parking lots – Future Forward at 9717 Franklin Ave; Hardin Street and Biggs Avenue – and at MacDonald Island. Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
During the parade, there will be a free park and ride shuttle service with buses running every 15 minutes. Residents can park at MacDonald Island and hop on one of the four shuttle buses running to stops along the parade route from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
As the parade finishes, shuttle buses will resume services, picking up spectators from bus stops along the parade route for the return trip to Macdonald Island. 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 at the corner of Hardin Street and Morimoto Drive and will be returned to the volunteer tent at the corner of Riedel Street and Prairie Loop Boulevard.
All shuttle stops and buses will be clearly marked with an easily identifiable sign.