Granum is located just off Highway 2 between Claresholm and Fort Macleod.
The town has built a tradition of celebrating Canada Day in style and this year should be no exception.
The day opens with a parade at 11 a.m. where everyone is welcome to participate. There is a concession in the park that will serve food starting around 9:30 a.m.
Cars come from all over southern Alberta for the car show in Granview Park until 4 p.m. Tentative plans in the afternoon include games for the children such as sand castle building, chicken bingo and rubber ducky racing contests on the pond, and free watermelon.
At 6 p.m. a fund raising steak supper is served by the Granum Educational Support Society in the amphitheatre. There will be DJ music and dancing for those who wish. At 7 p.m. a giant cake cutting will offer everyone a piece of choice dessert followed by entertainment. At 11 p.m. Granum’s “world-renowned” fireworks will cap off a full day of excitement.
Canada Day is just part of Granum’s charm, as it offers much more.
Granview Park, situated on the west side of town, features fully serviced RV sites for camping, a small pond ideal for both swimming and fishing, baseball diamonds, beach volleyball, horseshoe pits, and an open-air amphitheatre.
This year’s Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree is July 25, 26, and 27 at Granview Park. There is no admission charge for the event, but freewill offerings will be collected to pay for the big tent.
A concession will be open throughout the weekend. Performing this year are The Singing Hills, Potters Clay, The Banksons, The Trudel Family, The Tapleys, and for the youth a special concert Saturday at 10:30 p.m. with Flood the Stone.
Darrel Janz of CTV Calgary will emcee again, and the Sunday service will feature The Singing Hills.
Next to the park is the Granum Golf and Country Club, a nine-hole, par-three course with a driving range.
The town has a children’s recreation centre with a paved outdoor skating and in-line skating rink. It is a fine meeting place and gathering point for the town’s young people.
The town has the Granum Museum and Old Jail. The building has a rich history, most notably as one of the oldest wooden jails in Alberta and likely western Canada. It is open from the middle of May until the end of September.
Veterans’ Memorial Park is located next to the museum and old jail, and is home to the Granum Cenotaph which contains a list of those from the Granum area who served in the First and Second World wars and the Korean Conflict.
Information on Granum is available by calling the town office at 1-403-687-3822, or by visiting www.granum.ca.