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Calgary’s plan for Canada’s 150

Photos from Banff National Park in Alberta on Sunday, March 26, 2017. This year marks Canada's 150th anniversary and to celebrate, access to Canada's national parks is free for the whole year. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Photos from Banff National Park in Alberta on Sunday, March 26, 2017. This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and to celebrate, access to Canada’s national parks is free for the whole year. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Canada’s 150 years of Confederation is coming up on July 1, and Canadian communities are excited to celebrate.

There are 19 cities that are official celebration sites for Canada 150.

Calgary is the official celebration site for Southern Alberta.

The City of Calgary is working with the Department of Heritage and 14 other partners, including Fort Calgary, the National Music Centre, China Town, Eau Claire Market and Bow Valley College.

The city will be hosting a Canada Day celebration that will extend from Fort Calgary to Princess Island Park on July 1, 2017.

Festivities will begin in the morning starting with a pancake breakfast at Fort Calgary and come to an end with fireworks when night falls, said Sarah Iley, the manager of arts and culture for the City of Calgary.

“We will have a variety of stages, with all kinds of musical entertainment and other kinds of performances,” said Iley.

There will be other events happening that day in honour of Confederation.

“In 1967 [Calgary Parks] buried a time capsule in Confederation Park in celebration of Confederation, and they will be digging it up in the morning of July 1 to see what people thought 50 years ago,” said Iley.

The time capsule will be unveiled as part of the morning festivities.

There’s a website and app called Passport2017 that connects people to events that happen throughout the year.

“It’s really here to help Canadians discover and explore Canada, there is so much going on with Canada 150 that we are acting as sort of a portal for all events and 150-related news that’s going on during 2017,” said Jonathan Harris, managing director of Passport2017.

This project is funded in part with the government of Canada and started in late May 2016.

Passport2017 is open to anyone who wants to enter his or her event in the app.

“The app is closing in on 9,000 events that are [from] everywhere,” said Harris.

Another event to mark the anniversary is a special 150-kilometre run that was added to the Calgary Marathon that will take place on May 25 to 28.

All finishers will receive a medal that resembles the Toonie. Medals will be given out whether participants run the 5K or the 150K.

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