This July 1st marks Canada’s 150th anniversary. We are very fortunate that it falls on a Saturday so we are able to mark and celebrate it on the same day as we do parkrun.
For those uninformed, Canada Day falls on July 1st every year and celebrates the formation of the country which united the three separate Canadian colonies back in 1867.
Canadians across the country will be celebrating in all different ways such as having block parties, special exhibitions, street parades, special races, fireworks, and concerts to name but a few. As usual on Saturdays you can join us for parkrun but then you have the rest of the day and indeed weekend to continue celebrating the occasion in other events.
It may be a little overwhelming to decide what to do on this special day, just check these listings for example. There is so much to do you can’t possibly go to all the celebrations, so where to start?? Well we recommend coming to parkrun in the morning to get you active, and get in the festival mood. You may even meet some new friends with some fabulous ideas of how to celebrate!
Most of our parkruns will be celebrating with a red and white outfit themed, with lots of cake! A good shirt choice would be of course the red and white 50 club T but that’s a bit niche for our ex-pats as we haven’t reached that many parkrun weeks here in Canada. Socks – shorts, or a token flag will do the trick!
For tourists to Canada parkrun delivers something very well that very few other event can. When travelling, it can be challenging to find a fun, informal, friendly environment where you can interact with locals. parkrun provides this and on Saturday there will be many tourists at Canadian parkruns and will be unfamiliar with Canada Day. This is an exceptional opportunity for visitors to learn first-hand from locals what it is about and what Canada means to Canadians. For example visitors will learn that Canadians will use this day to celebrate its many achievements, it’s diverse culture, and also to reflect on the past in regards to Canada’s indigenous people and the part they played in establishing the country.
However you mark the day, we hope that you join it with us and have a great holiday weekend!
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