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1 July 2017
Heritage Park Launches New Exhibit During Canada Day


Calgary Alberta - How did they used to celebrate Canada Day?
 
Back then, it was called Dominion Day, commemorating the formation of Canada as a dominion on 1 Jul 1867.
 
The holiday was renamed to Canada Day in 1982.
 
Heritage Park is celebrating old style for July 1st but is also marking the special year with a brand new exhibit.
 
The Park's Barb Munro says the new offering is a live theatre experience and an interactive exhibit that brings the long trip on a Colonist rail car to life.
 
"Called Journey of a Lifetime", presented by BMO Financial Group, this is the story of really the largest wave of immigration in Canada's history, in that, that wave came across on Colonist rail cars, and so we've put together a performance and an exhibit premiering Canada Day," says Munro.
 
It's the story of a few of the immigrants who arrived through Eastern ports in 1910 and crossed Canada by train.
 
The exhibit will open to the public at 14:00, 1 Jul 2017, and run until 16 Jul 2017 in Heritage Park's Railway Car Shop.
 
The performance premieres at noon 1 Jul 2017 and runs twice daily, with the exception of Tuesdays, in the Canmore Opera House until 16 Jul 2017.
 
Admission is included in what you pay at the gates.
 
The performance and exhibit will begin a 12 week national tour in September, beginning in Halifax.
 
As for other events happening at Heritage Park on Canada Day, the venue kicks things off with a free pancake breakfast for the first 2,017 guests through the gates before 10:30.
 
Canada/Dominion Day activities include an old-fashioned parade through the historical village at 11:00, an official Citizenship Ceremony at 13:00. with over 100 new Canadians taking the oath of citizenship.
 
The ceremony is followed by free birthday cake.
 
There are mini chuckwagon races in the rodeo grounds along with old-fashioned family games, children's entertainers, crafts, and music throughout the venue.
 
Lisa Grant.

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