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Canada Day in Banff
The Town of Banff is the perfect place to celebrate Canada's birthday on July 1. Fantastic family-friendly events run throughout the day, including our famous parade down Banff Avenue. From bands to balloon animals to birthday cake, we've got it all. The full-day celebrations are capped off with a spectacular evening fireworks display.

Parade Registration
 - Parade Registration Form

Register here to volunteer for one of Banff's most exciting events of the year. What a great way to showcase your community to the world by being a volunteer for this very special event. We offer a variety of positions and time frames to choose from and a great volunteer package to take home with you.


Road Closures/Parking Lot Closures
  • Banff Avenue will be closed from 4:30-6 p.m. from Fox Street to Buffalo Street on Wednesday, July 1 for the Canada Road Closure MapDay parade.
  • Lynx Street, between Wolf Street and Caribou Street, will be closed from 6-10:30 a.m. for the pancake breakfast.
  • There will be no parking in the parking lot in the 200 block of Bear Street for the farmers market.
  • The Norquay highway entrance to town will be closed to inbound traffic from 4:45-6:30 p.m. The Banff Avenue highway entrance will remain open and a detour will be implemented down Muskrat Street for vehicles to access the bridge.
  • Certain roads in town will be limited to local traffic only from 3:30-6 p.m. and parking on Cougar Street, Fox Street and Elk Street will be limited to allow for parade staging. Please see Road Closure Map (PDF) for details.
  • Use to find parking in town and for the Roam Public Transit bus schedule. You can also check out our Parking List for a map of parking locations and information on where to park RVs.

Here is our 2015 event line up: 

Central Park

noon Opening Ceremonies with Mayor Karen Sorensen 
12:20 p.m.
Hoja accapella group
1 p.m. Canada Day cake cutting with Mayor Sorensen
1 p.m.
Local musical group "The Swillbillies"
1:30 p.m. Verkhovyna Ukrainian dance troupe
2 p.m.
Local musical group "Awesome Brothers"
2:30 p.m.
"Dance for Joy" with Kim Mayberry
3 p.m.
Folk singer Brad Brewer 
3:30 p.m.
The Calgary Fiddlers
7 p.m.
Elk Run and Riot set one
8 p.m. Amelie Patterson
8:15 p.m.
Elk Run and Riot set two
9 p.m. Amelie Patterson
9:15 p.m.
Celtic rock group "Fraid Knot"  set one
10 p.m. Amelie Patterson
10:15 p.m.
Celtic rock group "Fraid Knot" set two
11 p.m.
Fireworks. Best views from Central Park

High School Field
10 a.m. Family Fun Zone opens
11 a.m. "Blackfoot Medicine Speaks"  under the leadership of Treffrey Deerfoot
Ongoing Egg & spoon races, sack racing & tug-o-war 
Noon Enjoy old-fashioned games, inflatable bouncers and crafts in our Family Fun Zone
12:30 p.m. The Steve Harmer magic show
2 p.m. "Blackfoot Medicine Speaks" under the leadership of Treffrey Deerfoot
3 p.m. Verkhovyna Ukrainian dance troupe
3:40 p.m. The Steve Harmer magic show
4 p.m. Family Fun Zone closed to get ready for our 5 p.m. Canada Day parade on Banff Avenue

Other Locations 
8 to 10 a.m. Melissa's & Banff Park Lodge presents the Canada Day pancake breakfast Lynx St. between the Banff Park Lodge and Homestead Inn
9 a.m. to noon
Children's Sidewalk Art, presented by the Whyte Museum
100 Block Bear St.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Banff Artisan and Farmers Market 200 Block of Bear St
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet Digger the Bear, presented by Parks Canada Banff Avenue Square
Noon to 5 p.m.  The Alpine Discovery Hut, presented by Banff Heritage Tourism Banff Avenue Square
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Road closures for the parade - Banff Avenue
Fox Street to Buffalo St.
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Canada Day Parade! from Fox Street to Buffalo Street
Fox St to Buffalo St

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