July 1, Monday, Canmore
July 1 is a national holiday in Canada. It relates back to the British North America Act in 1867 resulting in the first Canadian confederation. It took a while and some controversy before it became a major holiday. Canmore has a parade, activities in a park, and fireworks. Fireworks are at 10:30 pm, we are going to skip them so we can be rested for exploration of Banff National Park tomorrow.
We walked down the hill to the main part of Canmore for the parade. It lasted about an hour. The largest applause was for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the construction crews that helped restore the towns roads, etc. It was a good parade with a very nice turn out. We felt sorry for the marchers; it was sunny and the temp was in the mid to high 80s.
The park had a football field and several bands performed their shows which we watched. The rest of the activities were primarily for kids. We headed back up the hill and had a mid afternoon snack before regrouping.
We took in an evening performance of “Oh, Canada, Eh”. Actually it was the 5,660th performance of the show. Obviously it is a fixture here on the dinner-show circuit. The show highlights and spoofs Canada, the 2nd largest country in the world. “You know you are Canadian when you design your Halloween costumes to fit over your snowsuit.” Over 40 songs are in the show, all written by Canadians throughout the years.
It was a pleasant evening, not necessarily the highest cuisine nor Broadway bound but an enjoyable evening’s diversion.
Ed and Chris July 1 10:30 pm