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A day to celebrate and reflect on Canada's history, heritage and community with family friendly activities and entertainment at Fernie Aquatic Centre. 

Canada Day has always been a popular day for Fernie to gather and celebrate friendship and fun. In recognition of our location within the Ktunaxa Amakis, the day begins with a flag raising ceremony at Fernie City Hall followed by a Reconciliation Walk to the celebration grounds around the Fernie Aquatic Centre. 

Please note that due to high fire risk in the summer months, Fernie does not have a fireworks display for Canada Day. 



Flag Raising Ceremony with Yaq?it ?a·knuq?I ‘it First Nation,
~ Fernie City Hall, followed by a
 Reconciliation Walk to the Aquatic Centre.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm MINI MOUNTAIN MARKET

Local arts, craft & produce vendors, hosted by the Fernie Mountain Market. 
~ Fernie Aquatic Centre Grounds

10:30 am - 12:30 pm WELCOME TO CANADA DAY

Welcome speeches, Yaq?it ?a·knuq?I ‘it traditional drumming, indigenous demonstrations, dancing, games, & Canada Day Cupcakes. 
~ Fernie Aquatic Centre Grounds

12:30 pm - 4:45 pm LIVE MUSIC

~Fernie Aquatic Centre Grounds
12:30pm – Fernie Youth Singers
1:00 pm - Heather Gemmell
2:00 pm - Hark Raving Sirens
3 pm - Ivan Palomares
4 pm - Red Girl
4:45 pm - Closing Remarks from Mayor Milligan

1 pm - 4 pm


~ Fernie Aquatic Centre/Grounds


Canada Day is celebrated annually on July 1st and is based on the anniversary of Canadian Confederation on July 1, 1867 which brought together the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 2023 marks the 156th anniversary of that date. British Columbia joined the confederation in 1871.

The first inhabitants of North America are believed to have first migrated across the Bering Strait into the area now known as Yukon at least 14,000 years ago. Archeological sites in northern Yukon are the oldest known sites of human habitation in Canada. Indigenous Canadians include First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. There are over 640 First Nations governments and bands across Canada and many more Metis and Inuit councils and societies. 

Canada is undergoing a period of reconciliation to understand and correct the injustices of the past and create a better future for all Canadians. 

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