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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. The full-day celebrations are capped off with a spectacular evening show at Central Park.

Parade registration is now open. Registration closes June 22.

Volunteer for Canada Day

Register for the Canada Day market with the Banff Farmer's Market.

Food Booths
Food booth registration is now closed.


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2018 Schedule* 

Central Park

 1:30 p.m. Local rock band The Swillbillies 
 2 p.m. Dance along with the Pegram Family Dancers
 2:30 p.m. Performance by Budz 
 3 p.m. Brent Lee hits the stage with some country tunes
 3:30 p.m. Performance from the Dance for Joy Studio dancers  
 4 p.m. Enjoy the music of the famous Calgary Fiddlers
 4:30 p.m. Music from singer/songwriter Amelie Patterson
 5:30-7 p.m. Intermission
  Evening Performances Presented by the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity
 7 p.m.  Charlie Butler
 7:45 p.m. Amelie Patterson
 8 p.m. Charlie Butler
 9 p.m. Elk Run & Riot
 10 p.m. Amelie Patterson
 10:15 p.m. Elk Run & Riot

High School Field - Family Fun Zone
12:30-5:30 p.m. Treffrey Deerfoot – Interpretive Indigenous storytelling and dance
12:30-4:30 p.m. Bouncy castles and inflatable obstacle courses
12:30-5:30 p.m. Old-fashioned games and fun with Isabelle the Wonderful
12:30-5 p.m. Roving circus performers including a hoop dance artist and bubble art
2:30 p.m. Performance by the Mazur Polish Dancers
3:15 p.m. Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT
4 p.m. Steve Harmer Magic Show
5 p.m. Isabelle the Wonderful performs on stage

Other Locations 

8:30-10-30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, $5 per person 100 Block Bear St.
9-11 a.m.
Children's Sidewalk Art, presented by the Whyte Museum
100 Block Bear St.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Canada Day Parade on Banff Ave.
Banff Ave., from Fox St. to Buffalo St.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Banff Park Museum, Free! (adjacent to Central Park) Buffalo St & Banff Ave corner
 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Banff Artisan Market (adjacent to Central Park) Buffalo St & Banff Ave corner
*Schedule subject to change

Canada Day road closuresJuly 1 Road Closure Information
  • Banff Avenue, from Fox Street to Buffalo Street, will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the parade. The vehicle bridge will remain open in both directions.
  • The Norquay highway entrance to town will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 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.
  • Cougar Street, from Squirrel Street to Marmot Crescent, will have parking restriction in place from 6 a.m. to noon to allow for parade staging. No through traffic is permitted. Residents and business will be able to access their properties.
  • Bear Street, from Lynx Street to Buffalo Street, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the pancake breakfast. It will be local traffic only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Road Closure Map (PDF)

Traffic and Parking
  • Take On-It Regional Transit from Calgary to Banff on Canada Day and avoid delays. Buy your tickets in advance. Only $10 each way.
  • Roam Public Transit has all routes running on July 1, however, please be aware that there will be modifications to stops due to the Canada Day parade road closures in Banff and Canmore. Park and Roam around town.
  • Use the Traffic Dashboard to find parking. The dashboard also shows travel times and traffic cameras.

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