Canada became a nation in 1867 and 150 years later, High River, along with the rest of the country, will honour the important anniversary as part of the annual Canada Day, July 1, celebrations.
Guests from near and far are being welcomed by officials from the Town of High River, first to George Lane Memorial Park for an afternoon of activities and then to Emerson Lake for fireworks at dusk.
“It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be an exciting time again this year,” Iva Woodward, recreation community programmer with the town, explained.
Entertainment will be hosted for people of all ages, including three bands in the afternoon and dance performances. Bouncy castles and games will be available for the children, Woodward said.
The Highwood Lions Club is said to once again serve their beef-on-a-bun BBQ, she added.
In addition, the River City Classics Car Club will host its popular Christmas in July car show, according to Woodward. She noted it’ll be a fantastic day, made even better by a few surprises.
The special anniversary will be worked into the town’s annual activities, she added.
“We just want to welcome everybody to the 150th,” Woodward said. “We want to welcome our community, as well as all the surrounding communities to come and celebrate with us.”
Even the playing of O Canada in the park will be made a big deal for the anniversary.
Joel Windsor, music instructor from Notre Dame Collegiate, is organizing the Canada 150 Band, a gathering many hope to be the largest group of wind and percussion players in the town’s history.
“High River is blessed with incredible talent, both young and not-so-young,” he said. “How wonderful would it be if we could see all that talent gather to perform together?”
The High River Half Marathon, and the 5k and 10k races, are also important staples of Canada Day, but the event is a fundraiser for the Foothills Advocacy in Motion Society.
The town’s events in George Lane Memorial Park start at noon and finish at 4 p.m. Then, the fireworks show is expected to begin at Emerson Lake at 10:45 p.m.
“For me, it’s always the fireworks,” Woodward said, referring to her favourite part. “I get very excited about the fireworks but I am (looking forward to) a few of the surprises we’ll be having this year.”