Heritage Park celebrates 60 years and Canada Day

Calgary’s Heritage Park marked two big birthdays Monday. The historical park celebrated 60 years in the community, as well as the 157th Canada Day.“We tell the story of western Canada’s history, so we’re really excited to be celebrating our birthday on Canada’s birthday,” said Heritage Park’s Carissa Pillay.

“We’re sharing the stories of western Canada since we first started immigrating here, and the peoples who were here many, many years before us, our indigenous people,” she said.

The day was marked with a parade, ceremonial spike drive and birthday cake, along with performances including indigenous dancing.

The rain didn’t damper the family activities on offer.“We love Canada Day, we celebrate it every year and celebrating it here is our tradition,” said Calgarian Michelle Simonelli, who was visiting the park with her two young children.

The Simonelli family was just one of several taking advantage of the celebrations.“We try to come here and learn a little bit more and engage with the kids,” Brett Switzer said about his family.

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