June 28th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 26
Canada Day in the Crowsnest Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Pass Herald Reporter
Canada Day is always a huge event in Crowsnest Pass, attracting tourists from all around the area to join in the celebrations put on by the Coleman Community Society and the various organizations with which it partners.

This year, however, is a special Canada Day and it’s only appropriate that we celebrate it in a special way.

The Coleman Community Society partnered with the Crowsnest Historical Society to bring a jam-packed day of events that everyone from the tiny tots to the history buffs can enjoy.

Fun for all ages

The Coleman Society is bringing back Canada Day favourites, starting with the Pancake Breakfast at the Coleman Legion and followed by the parade, whose theme this year is “Our diversity, ethnic and otherwise.” Floats, horses and walkers from all over the community will strut down downtown Coleman at 11 a.m.

“The parade starts with floats lining up at Horace Allen School and walkers/bikers at Flumerfelt Park. It flows down through the park where the walkers join in, underneath the highway, then making a right-hand turn at the Museum. They go west for two blocks, then around back to Main Street and finish at the Legion,” says Francine Kilgannon, the treasurer/secretary of the Coleman Community Society.
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Following the parade is the performance in front of the Coleman Legion by the Cranbrook Bugle Band, a staple event of Canada Day festivities. They are a marching band with bugles, drums and majorettes and will conclude the parade with a performance on the street in front of the Legion.

A heap of activities for the whole family to enjoy starts at noon at Flumerfelt Park, with activities like the Astro Jump, water park play and a variety of games. There will also be pickle ball and chainsaw carving demonstrations and a special Canada 150 display put on by Travel Alberta.

With the various concessions options, barbeque, beer gardens, food trucks, Girl Guide Cookies for sale, Strawberry Tea and the Bake Sale at the Seniors’ Centre taking place on site throughout the day, it’s certain there’s a little something for every taste that you won’t be left hungry.
And of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without cake! At 1 p.m. a special Canada 150-themed cake will be served.

“Our Canada Day cakes come from Lesley Margetak, a school teacher and a fabulous baker. She has done our cakes in whatever theme we choose for several years,” says Kilgannon.

The hog roast, a Canada Day favorite, starts at 5 p.m. on the Crowsnest Museum grounds.

Evening entertainment will be provided by homegrown musician Mike McGuire with a live show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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With such a jam-packed day, it makes sense to end it with a bang. Cuddling up with your family and friends for a fireworks display will be the perfect end to a busy day. Spectators can get comfortable on the hills north of Main Street or if they are downtown, north of the railway tracks. The tracks will be blocked off with snow fence/barricades behind the old arena and Chris’ Restaurant, says Kilgannon. Spectators cannot be on or near the tracks at any time.

“The fireworks are not a ground show, but a high display that will be seen from a ways away,” says Kilgannon.

Note: The Coleman Community Society notes that the fireworks are planned, but due to weather and unforeseen circumstances, may be unable to be put on. They will make an announcement during Canada Day activities whether they are able to go ahead.

Crowsnest Museum

2017 is not only a big year for Canada, but for Alberta as well, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Alberta Provincial Police (APP).

The anniversary festivities start a few days before Canada Day on June 29 with the Grand Opening of the APP Barracks Building and Exhibit, which explores the role of the Alberta Provincial Police in the Prohibition Era and tells the story of Canada’s most infamous rum running murder, the story of the shooting of Constable Stephen Lawson in Coleman in 1922 and the ensuing trial and hanging of the two suspected shooters, Emilio Picariello and Florence Lassandro.
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An honour guard and colour party in ceremonial dress will be piped in during the opening ceremony parade. Various police forces from across Alberta will walk in the parade, as well as RCMP veterans, police representatives, members of the cadet squadron, legion representatives and other dignitaries.

According to Fred Bradley, the Chair of the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Restoration Project, upwards of 40 retired and active police officers are expected to attend.

The parade will start at 1:55 p.m. at Flumerfelt Park and proceed to the Grand Opening Ceremonial Site in front of the APP Barracks Building.
You can be one of the first to get a look at the restored building and exhibit when tours start at 3:30 p.m., right after the opening ceremony and reception.

A live concert by Juno nominated musician, John Wort Hannam, starts at 7 p.m. on Crowsnest Museum grounds and continues into the evening along with refreshments.

Admission to the museum and the APP Barracks will be free all day!

Come out and make Canada 150 a special celebration to remember!
June 28th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 26
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