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Canada Day Festivities Announced
Posted Date: 6/4/2018

We are pleased to announce two days of festive fun with our line-up of events for Canada Day 2018.

Canada Day Kick-Off

On June 30, free entertainment and activities take place at Muskoseepi Park from 8:00 p.m. to midnight before the fireworks over the reservoir.

Canada Day 2018

Activities include two stages of entertainment by local performers, inflatables by In the Zone Party Rentals and food and community vendors. The night concludes with the signature fireworks display over the reservoir to officially kick-off Canada Day.


Fireworks may be cancelled in the event of winds over 40 kilometres/ hour or a lightening storm.

Canada Day Parade

July 1 celebrations begin with the annual Canada Day parade. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. and travels along a new route this year on 108 Avenue from 94 Street by Hillside School to 105 Street by the Leisure Centre. The parade ends at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The theme for the parade this year is ‘Proud to Be a Canadian.’

To view or download a parade map to find your ideal viewing location, visit cityofgp.com/CanadaDay.

For information on traffic and parking disruptions, visit cityofgp.com/CanadaDay.

The parade will proceed rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather.

Canada Day Celebrations

Following the parade, the free celebration continues at Muskoseepi Park until 6:00 p.m.

Official opening ceremonies commence around 2:30 p.m. on the amphitheatre stage with introductions and dignitary speeches. Live entertainment on two stages follows. Food vendors, community groups, inflatable bouncing castles, QEII Hospital Bed Races, face painting and other children’s activities and a giant cake will also be part of the festivities.

The Grande Prairie Museum is also hosting a free community carnival during this time.

Parking and Park N’ Ride

Please note, absolutely no parking will be available at Muskoseepi Park for the events. The gates will be closed from 7:00 a.m. on June 30 to 7:00 p.m. on July 1. Public parking is available in the downtown core.

Free Park N’ Ride shuttle services are available on July 1, sponsored by New Horizon Co-op.

  • Eastlink Centre to Parade
    • From the Eastlink Centre to bus stop #214 on 102 St., south of 107 Ave.
    • Half hour service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • The bus will remain at the parade site for the duration of the parade
    • At 2:15 p.m. the bus will depart from bus stop #274 at Muskoseepi Park entrance before returning to Eastlink Centre
  • Downtown
    • From GPRC to Centre 2000 to Leisure Centre to Muskoseepi Park entrance (bus stop #274)
    • Half hour service from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Last bus to stop at bus stop #274 shortly after 6:00 p.m.
  • Eastlink Centre to Muskoseepi Park
    • From the Eastlink Centre to Muskoseepi Park entrance (bus stop #274)
    • Half hour service from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Last bus leaving Muskoseepi Park (bus stop #274) at 6:15 p.m.
All routes and schedules are dependant on traffic levels.


Event Guidelines

Here are a few quick reminders to make Canada Day celebrations as enjoyable as possible for you and all other attendees:

  • Bring a mat, blanket or other type of parade seating that is comfortable for sitting but not obtrusive for other parade viewers
  • Stay back on the sidewalk and do not run into the street during the parade
  • No public washrooms are available along the parade route
  • We recommend small strollers because sidewalk space will be limited
  • Dress appropriate for weather conditions
  • No alcohol is permitted during any Canada Day celebrations
  • No pets are allowed during the fireworks, parade or celebrations as the loud noise and large crowds may cause stress to the animals
  • Dispose of garbage and recycling in appropriate receptacles and avoid littering to keep the neighbourhood clean
  • Be courteous and respectful in sharing the space with other attendees

For more information, visit cityofgp.com/CanadaDay.