Canmore is a fun town to visit any day in the summer, but Canada Day in Canmore is especially fun. Here’s this local’s perfect Canada Day itinerary.
First things first. Bring good walking shoes or a bike. Canada day in Canmore is busy, so prepare to park your car outside the downtown core ( hopefully at your hotel because you should stay the night) and walk or bike to all of the events.
The Rotary Club of Canmore hosts a FREE pancake breakfast every year in the park (cash donations are much appreciated). Head to centennial park for the 8am start as it gets pretty busy later on. Besides, you need to eat breakfast early so you can have brunch too.
Our food tour partners over at PD3 by Blake are hosting an awesome Canada Day party. They will be setting up riser seating this year, making this the food lovers dream spot to watch the parade. Now the details: they open at 10 a.m. (Tip: you might want to be waiting at the gates by 9:30 a.m.), they’ll be serving breakfast tacos and a Canadiana Brunch (first come first serve) and they will have three bars set up in their fully licensed main street garden.
Another perfect viewing spot for the parade is the main street patio at another of our great partners – Mountain Mercato. If sitting in the sunshine while sipping a Phil & Sebastian’s coffee and eating delicious panini’s made with fresh Alberta ingredients is your idea of a good time, then this is the right place for you. Mountain Mercato is selling tickets for their patio at $15 per person with all proceeds going to Canmore’s Alpine Edible Schoolyards.
Stop by our fun partner Canmore Wine Merchants for a tasting. Right after the parade, head to the end of main street and take the stairs going down just next to The Wood. Canmore Wine Merchants will be doing a tasting of all things fizzy: beer, hard root beer, radlers and sparkling wines. Before you leave, don’t forget to grab a bottle or two.
Now it’s off to Centennial Park for Party in the Park. There will be lots of entertainment, a kids zone ( with bouncy castles and face paint) and eight different food booths. Go visit Rave Coffee and get one of their custom roasts. And while you are there, don’t forget to try one of the Gourmet Freezies from our food tour partner An Edible Life. We like the blueberry basil.
Canmore is busy on Canada Day, so head to a restaurant for dinner nice and early. Try one of the fantastic patio’s on Main street (our partner Gaucho’s Brazilian BBQ, Tavern 1883, Aroma’s, The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, or Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon),
Find the perfect spot for watching the Fireworks. With the sun just setting over the peaks, the fireworks display on Canada Day in Canmore is a must-see event for local and visitors alike. The most popular gathering place to watch the fireworks is Millennium park, you’ll have a close up view. If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path another great spot is on the path just behind Lower Benchlands Terrace. Fireworks start at 10:30 p.m.
All of us at Canmore Food Tours hope you love spending Canada Day in Canmore. We’ll hope you’ll come back soon and take one of our food tours (hint, hint: we’re wide open for business).