Regina is once again putting on a big party to celebrate Canada Day that includes music, games, children’s entertainment and something for just about everyone.
The celebrations at Wascana Centre begin with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m., where people are asked to make food donations to the food bank.
Along with bounce structures, story book princess, food and merchandise vendors, concerts and the Molson Canadian Beer Gardens, the Western Canada’s Strongest Man contest will return for the fifth year in a row. Twelve contestants will put their skills to the test pulling buses, hoisting giant rocks, throwing kegs and deadlifting vehicles. The top three athletes move on to Canada’s Strongest Man competition in September.
The Plywood Cup is on for the 12th year, where teams race to build a boat to cross Wascana Lake with. Since 2005, it’s raised $500,000 for the Raise-A-Reader program and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
Fireworks will close the day, launching from Willow Island after dark.
To help get the area ready for the evening’s fireworks, the Albert Street Memorial Bridge will be turned into a pedestrian-only zone. The Regina Police Service says traffic will be closed from College Avenue to Regina Avenue starting at 9:30 p.m., to reopen around 11 p.m.
Those wishing to have a display of their own are being reminded that fireworks can’t be set off within city limits.
The City of Regina says the use of flying lanterns are also prohibited.
Those enjoying sitting around a fire on Canada Day are being reminded that firepits can only be used between 12 p.m. and 1 a.m., and must be kept at least three metres away from any structures, power lines or trees. Fire pits must also have a heavy-gauge metal screen.
Garbage collection will go ahead as usual for a Friday, as will recycling.
Transit will operate on Sunday schedules.
The North West Leisure Centre and the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre with both be open 12 to 6 o.m., with the Lawson Aquatic Centre open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor pools are open from 12 to 8 p.m.