Canada 150 Events Calendar

Canada’s 150th Celebrations are here! See the list below for what’s going on in the Strathcona Community, in celebration of Canada’s birthday.

March & April

March 24, 2017 7:30 p.m.
 Victory at Vimy with Ted Barris, Military Historian
Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB
Join Festival Place and author/military historian Ted Barris for a presentation, recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

 April 1 – April 30, 2017
 O Canada (I’m Sorry) Exhibit by Diana Thorneycroft
#120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park
Selections from two bodies of work will be exhibited: Group of Seven Awkward Moments and A People’s History. 


May 5, 2017
Canada 150 Canada 150 Celebrates Arbor Day
Broadmoor Lake Park
Each year on the first Friday in May, every Grade 1 class in Strathcona County is invited to Broadmoor Lake Park to spend the day learning about trees and caring for our environment.

May 1 – 31, 2017 Strathcona County
‘Make Strathcona County Shine’ for Canada’s 150th with Pitch-In
Residents will be invited to help make Strathcona County Shine for Canada’s 150th birthday by taking part in the annual spring clean up programs. Volunteer today!

May 15, 2017
 Canadaland Book Launch Jesse Brown
Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-464-2852
Jesse Brown delves into the dark side of Canadian history from a satirical angle.The Canadaland book launch show will consist of a series of comical stories accompanied by slides, short films and highlights of Canadian film and television. Jesse will be joined on stage by local historians and comics.
For ticket and performance times, visit

May 27, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Everybody Gets to Play, Play Days
Emerald Hills Sports Centre
About Play Days: Play Days provide children free and active play options that appeal to all of their senses. Each activity celebrates getting back to the basics – digging in the sand, building forts, playing games; the kinds of activities that come naturally to kids!

This year in honour of Canada 150, special activities will be added to Play Days including FREE family activities:
• Edible Art • Plasma Cars • Bubble Soccer • Gallery @501 Art Zone • Life Sized Angry Birds • Science Zone • Inflatables • Gardening • Sportball and more!. For more information visit:



July and August – Dates to be announced in April, see website
Canada 150 CommuniTEA Pond Parties – Celebrate water!
CommuniTEA Pond Parties will be held at the following locations during July and August: Campbell stormwater pond, Craigavon Meadows stormwater facility, Village on the Lake stormwater pond.
Celebrate and learn about stormwater ponds in Strathcona County. Free activities for all ages: Pond dips to see and count critters, storytime with wetland critters, interactive tours with a biologist, bouncy castles, geocaching. Contact: or visit

June to July, Unity Project
Canada 150 Community Talk
Broadmoor Lake Park
The Unity Project will celebrate a new social framework for Strathcona County highlighting congruent themes with Canada 150 (respecting others, diversity, inclusion, volunteerism, neighbourliness). Community members are encouraged to participate in the Unity Project to help create a visual demonstration of the connections in our community. The Unity Project will be available in Broadmoor Lake Park the weeks leading up to and on Canada Day. Information:

June 5 – 11
Canada 150 Seniors’ Week
Seniors’ week is an event that celebrates the contributions Seniors’ make in the community and will highlight Canada 150. More details to come!

June 8, 2017
Canada 150 30th Anniversary of Strathcona County’s Art Collection
Gallery@501, #120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-410-8585
This year the 2017 art collection acquisitions will be celebrated in conjunction with Canada’s sesquicentennial. Presently, the collection houses over 320 artworks, including 43 works by youth and 36 public art pieces.
View Strathcona County’s Art Collection online at:

June 17, 2017, 1 p.m. to
 Everybody Gets to Play, Play Days
Ardrossan Recreation Complex
(See About Playdays Description)
More information:

June 25, 2017 @ 1 p.m.. – 4 p.m.
 Canadian Heritage Tea
Smeltzer House Centre for Arts & Culture, 1 Broadmoor Boulevard Sherwood Park, AB
Ph: 780-467-2211
In honour of Canada 150 celebrations, special events will include traditional afternoon tea, as well as heritage crafts, music in the gazebo, poetry readings or storytelling. The event will feature activities, live music and more. Information:


July 1, 2017
 Canada Day, 150 Festival
Broadmoor Lake Park
Join us as we celebrate Canada’s birthday at Strathcona County’s largest festival. Family activities, performances and fun for everyone! Canada 150 will be incorporated throughout the Festival. Highlights include:
Enhanced Programming and the NEW Canada 150 Zone: Soap stone carving, Canadian t-shirt making, Gallery@501 special 150 craft, Edible art activity featuring Inuksuk’s, History zone with Strathcona County Museum, Interactive map – guests ‘pin’ where they are from, this becomes an art piece that will showcase the diversity of our community, Trans Canada Trail activity, Wood Carving demos with development of Canadian creations, Unity Project, Garden zone – plant your own red/white flower and take it home

Entertainment: Children’s headliner entertainment, Strolling entertainers – Canadian themed outfits, Historical re-enactment groups, Evening Headliner – Canadian Band – Kenny Shields and Streetheart, Jack Cooper Studios – Nod to Canadian Women Vocalists, Flying Bob – tight rope evening performance, Strathcona County historical videos: “The Past Where We Live.” Plus enhanced fireworks choreographed to Canadian music/songs.
For more information, visit:

July 1, 2017
 Canadiana Community Piano Project
Gallery@501, #120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-410-8585
In conjunction with the Canada Day celebrations, Strathcona County will facilitate the themed “150” decoration of a public piano that will remain on the plaza in front of Gallery@501 entrance for the duration of the summer.

July 7 – August 27, 2017
 Retailles by Joe Fafard
Gallery @501, #120, 501 Festival Avenue Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-410-8585
Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists. Retailles offers an insight into Fafard’s exploration of the laser-cut process featuring laser-cut and welded metal sculptures along with embossed and woodcut prints. Link to gallery hours:

July 19, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Everybody Gets to Play, Play Days
Broadmoor Lake Park
(Click to see See About Playdays Description)
More information:

July 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 CommuniTEA Pond Parties – Celebrate water!
Cascade Park (In Lakeland Ridge) Stormwater Pond, 401 Crimson Drive, Sherwood Park Google map (opens in new window)
Celebrate and learn about stormwater ponds in Strathcona County. Free activities for all ages: Pond dips to see and count critters, storytime with wetland critters, interactive tours with a biologist, bouncy castles, geocaching. Contact: or visit


August 5 to 20, 2017
 Celebrating Canada in the Chautauqua Tent
Festival Place (parking lot), 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-464-2852
Chautauquas were traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the United State and Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays. Strathcona County will also host community workshops in the tent to create 400 to 750 tiles for the Canada 150 Mosaic project. Information:

August 11, 2017
 Mayor’s Canadian Golf Classic
Broadmoor Public Golf Course 2100 Oak Street, Sherwood Park, AB
The proceeds from this event support Everybody Gets to Play. Everybody Gets to Play enhances the quality of life of Alberta’s children and youth in low-income families through increased access to, and participation in, recreation opportunities. For more information visit:


Sept 9 – Oct 25, 2017
 “Quiet Stories from Canadian Places” by Regina artist Heather M. Cline
Gallery@501, #120, 501 Festival Avenue Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-410-8585
During a week long residency in Strathcona County, Cline interviewed local persons for their “stories from Canadian places” which she is using to create the audio component that complements the paintings that will be on exhibit.

September 9th 2017
 Maria Dunn, For the Opening Reception of “Quiet Stories from Canadian Places”
Gallery@501 #120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-410-8585
Folk singer Maria Dunn will be performing in the tradition of storytelling through song. Dunn’s work is similar to Cline’s in that Dunn celebrates the resilience and grace of “ordinary” working people and their stories. Dunn’s stories provide important lessons for everyone, particularly the current generation of newcomers to Canada, women workers and young people.

September 11, 2017, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 Neighbour Day
Broadmoor Lake Park & Prairie Walk
Neighbour Day is a family friendly event that highlights neighbourliness and ways to get involved in the community. It will include incorporating Canada 150 themes throughout the activities. Information:

September 16, 2017
 David Clayton Thomas
Festival Place: 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB
Ph. 780-464-2852
CANADIANA – A birthday present for Canada… Happy 150th. Songwriting as an art form has long been treasured by Canadians. There is a character to the Canadian writer that is unique and distinct. From the homespun poetry of Ron Hynes to the complex lyrics of Joni Mitchell, from the progressive rock of Rush to the stark imagery of a Leonard Cohen song… there is a common thread. Our songwriters are the Poet Laureates of Canadian culture. For ticket and performances times visit

September 24, An afternoon of Canadian historic fun!
 Fall Open House and Library Celebrations
Strathcona Wilderness Centre
The Strathcona County Library Bookmobile’s Summer Reading Club will host their year-end event during the Fall Open House. This continues a 10 year tradition. Their theme is “Celebrate” Canada 150, the Library is 40 and the Bookmobile is 35! Information:

October – December

October 2017
 National Family Week in Canada
National Family Week celebrates Canadian families and highlights activities families can do in our community through incorporating Canada 150. Information:

November 9, Presentation
November 10 – December 21, Exhibit.
 Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada, by Dr. Roberta Bondar. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Bondar’s first flight
Festival Place. (Opening Reception November 10, at Gallery@501)
Display and presentation of the photography collection that is a consistent view of one artist, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman in space, exploring the varied landscape in the singular light that is Canada’s. Information:

November 18, 2017
 Celebration of Lights
Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
Ph. 780-467-2211
Every year Strathcona County is transformed into a winter wonderland for the community’s holiday kick off, Celebration of Lights. This event features free activities and entertainment for the whole family. In 2017, Canada 150 will be incorporated into the crafts, staging, and the Digital Tree. Full details of this event will be available in the fall by visiting:

New Year’s Eve. December 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 Canada 150 Grand Finale Event
Strathcona County Community Centre (401 Festival Lane) extending into Broadmoor Lake Park, Festival Place and the Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre (2015 Oak Street).
Residents are invited to experience a free evening of magical fun at this year’s New Year’s Eve festival. As Strathcona County’s second largest annual festival, the New Year’s Eve activities will carry festival goers into 2017 with a night of family fun featuring wizard themed activities and entertainment. Information:

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