This Canada Day, Yukoners will celebrate in communities across the territory with traditional activities. In Mayo, the day’s festivities coincide with the Mayo Arts Festival where local artists, craftspeople and musicians share their talents and creations with others. In Watson Lake, they’ll celebrate Canada Day with festivities at the Lucky Lake Park and water slide, which features the only outdoor water slide North of 60. In Dawson City, participants can take in the annual parade, barbecue and carnival.
In Whitehorse, the traditional parade begins at 11 a.m. It travels down Second Avenue to Shipyards Park, where the majority of activities take place. A key event each year remains the citizenship ceremony where we formally welcome new Canadians to their new country.
The afternoon at Shipyards Park will feature music, performances and activities throughout the afternoon. Events include the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous’ Prince and Princess contest. Children aged four to 12 compete in five events to be named the Rendezvous Prince and Princess. They will then be featured as part of the 2020 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Royal Family.
Whitehorse Canada Day celebrations also benefit from the Adäka Cultural Festival happening at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, just a short distance from Shipyards Park. The festival features workshops throughout Canada Day, as well as musical performances and cultural demonstrations, and an evening of jigging and square dancing.
Most Yukon communities organize a Canada Day parade, but several put their own spin on the traditional festivity. Dawson City dusts off a historic fire engine for an event that features the Gertie’s performers. Haines Junction makes their parade a highway affair and gets onto the Alaska Highway as it cuts through town near the St. Elias Convention Centre.
Wherever you are there are sure to be festivities to help you celebrate July 1 with your community. For additional information, check with local communities.