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Canada 150 is almost here. There are lots of events to do in the City for Canada Day! Take a look at everything linked below, from recreation centres, outdoor activities in parks, and of

course the fireworks!


I came to Canada in 1987 speaking no English, and 7 years later I joined the Calgary Police Service, where I served for 21 years, until I earned your trust and support and have served you as a Councillor for Ward 4 since 2013.

I know what it means to come here as a new immigrant, and the struggles many new comers face. I was one of them, and Canada opened many doors for me, and I am grateful to Calgary for the help and support I received that allowed me to start a career, and a family. Because of that I chose to serve under CPS, and now as your Councillor in order to give back and say thank you!

Canada Day means a lot to me. It is a day to celebrate the opportunities we can achieve if we work hard for them; the ability to worship your faith in peace; the freedom of speech; the freedom to vote and seek office; the freedom of assembly; and so many more.

These should not be taken for granted though, I know what it is like to come from a place where rights are not a given. Citizenship ensures these rights, but it also means we must be focused on protecting them, and fight for the rights of others. We are all Canadians, and we must always help each other.

Thank you Canada and I wish all you a Happy Canada Day 150!



City Services: Canada Day 2017

Canada Day in Calgary promises to be bigger and better than ever this year as we celebrate our country’s 150th birthday. The City is adjusting our hours of operation for the Canada Day holiday on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Below is a list of things to look out for:

Getting around

Calgarians headed downtown on Canada Day are encouraged to walk, bike and take transit to avoid congestion and road closures.

Calgary Transit
Calgary Transit will provide a Sunday level of service on Canada Day. For more information on fares, schedules and service changes visit or on Twitter @calgarytransit.

Canada Day Parking
No payment is required for on-street parking on Canada Day, July 1, 2017. Calgary Parking Authority is also offering free parking on Canada Day in all of their parkades, with the exception of the Arts Commons Parkade, where holiday rates will be in effect. Holiday rates will be in effect in select Calgary Parking Authority surface lots. Regular rates will be in effect at the Calgary Zoo, TELUS Spark and Heritage Park.

Road Closures and Construction
Various roads in Calgary will be closed to parking and traffic on Canada Day to accommodate the celebrations and ensure public safety. Click here for information on Canada Day road closures and parking bans. The roads near Crescent Heights, Centre Street, 16th Ave, and the downtown core will be busy, so budget your time accordingly.

Canada Day Celebrations
For Canada 150 we have events to suit all tastes and interests all across downtown Calgary and at Confederation Park.​ There is so much more to see and do on July 1. Visit for a full list of events or download the guidebook to take with you.

Things to do

Leisure Centres
Both Southland and Village Square Leisure Centres are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. Regular admission applies.

Wading pools, spray parks and outdoor pools
Beat the heat and enjoy the summer weather in Calgary by visiting one of our many wading pools, spray parks and outdoor pools around the city.

Visit to book a tee time, print score cards and learn more about special offers at our eight municipal courses located throughout the city.

Around the house

City landfill Hours
City landfills has moved to four-day per week operations. Updated landfill hours and locations are available on Hours for this weekend include 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

East Calgary – open July 1 and 2
Spyhill – open July 1, closed July 2
Shepard – closed July 1 and 2

Home improvement hub and Browse popular projects and get all the information you need to complete your home renovation projects.


Staying safe

Calgarians are reminded that a permit is always required to ignite or shoot fireworks (including screamers, poppers and firecrackers) within The City of Calgary. Fireworks can be enjoyed on Canada Day from any of the viewing locations along the Bow River corridor.

River Safety
Planning to spend the day on one of Calgary’s rivers? Check out for tips before heading out.

Facility Closures
The following facilities will be closed on Saturday, July 1, 2017:


FREE PARKING on-street and in CPA parkades on July 1st

The Calgary Parking Authority is proud to offer free parking in our parkades so people can enjoy the downtown celebrations on Canada Day. Enjoy free parking on-street as well as in six of our parkades on July 1st.

Parkade locations include:

  • McDougall Parkade                720 5th Avenue SW
  • Centennial Parkade                608 9th Avenue SW & 823 5th Street SW
  • City Centre Parkade               240 10th Avenue SW & 221 9th Avenue SW
  • James Short Parkade             112 5th Avenue SW & 115 4th Avenue SW
  • Convention Centre Parkade   727 1st Street SE
  • City Hall Parkade                    322 9th Avenue SE

Please note that select CPA surface lots will have holiday rates in effect on July 1st.

To find out more go to

Please note: Arts Commons Parkade located at 829 Macleod Trail SE is not included in this offering. Calgary Zoo, TELUS Spark and Heritage Park will have regular rates in effect.



Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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