Canada’s 150th birthday was celebrated from coast to coast this year for Canada Day, so we decided to celebrate with the rest of Calgary on this historic day.
While the suburbs were quiet, the down town core was a bustling with throngs of people taking in the festivities clad in the patriotic red and white. Buskers of all types entertained crowds on every street corner and there were bands that showcased Canadian talent and diversity. Did we mention the dizzying array of food trucks that filled the air with sweet and savoury aromas? There was plenty to see and do on each of the streets that were engulfed in festivities! If you were patient enough to wait in a substantial line, you could even get a photo taken with the Canada 150 sign.
Stephenson Street hosted expanded bar patios, beer gardens and a every type of Canadiana merchandise you could imagine. In China town, you could purchase art work, watch traditional dancers, and of course … enjoy even more food.
As evening wore on Calgarians and guests gathered at strategic locations to watch the the fireworks. On a hill just south of the city we were joined by thousands of others to get a view of the city as the sun set. While extremely crowded, the view did not disappoint.
We tried our hand at photographing fireworks for the first time and despite some significant lessons about crowds, smoke and timing, we thing it went fairly well. The show was long, impressive and worthy of a 150th celebration. Well done Calgary!