Celebrations for Canada Day and Buffalo Day in Regina

Fireworks, a powwow, bands, dancers, children’s shows, jets and food – an array of activities to fill your July 1st.

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After a two-year hiatus, the fireworks will conclude operations in Queen City on July 1.

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Here’s a look at some of the activities planned around Regina on Friday.

Canada Day at Wascana Center

All activities take place on the south side of Wascana Lake, starting with a free pancake breakfast while supplies last.

On the main stage. opening ceremonies begin at 12 noon followed at 1:15 pm with a range of entertainment: detour (1:15 – 2:00 pm); Kriss the Sky (2:15 PM – 3:00 PM); Crosby Harle Band (3:30-4:15pm); Dangerous Cheese (4:30pm-5:30pm); Vinyl Society (5:45pm-6:45pm) One More Time (7pm-8pm); and Nick Gilder (8:30-10am)

In the Regina Public Library fun zone, check out: Danny Kazam Magic Show (1:30 PM); MTMS Buffalo Boys Drum Group and First Nations Dancers (1:45-14:15); sask. Science Center Spark of Joy Chemistry Stage Show (2.30pm-3pm); narrator Kevin Mackenzie (3:15pm-3:45pm); hoop dancer Terrance Littletent and Kawacatoose Boyz (4-4:30 pm); Salsa Colada (4:45 PM – 5:15 PM); SaskExpress presents Going for Gold (5:30 PM-6:15 PM)

The Classic Strongman Championship League competition runs from 1-4:30 PM

The fireworks start at 10:30 PM or later, depending on the sunset or the weather. If a storm threatens, they can leave earlier. The display can be seen throughout the park, but along the lakeshore is considered ideal.

Please note the following parking restrictions in the park: Legislative Drive, McCallum Ave. and 21st Ave. will be closed. Individuals requiring Regina Canada Day disabled parking and approved vehicles may use Hill Boulevard to access designated parking spaces.

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buffalo day

Returning to Buffalo Meadows Park, on block 1400 of Athol Street, is the Buffalo Day Festival and Powwow. Visitors are encouraged to wear an orange shirt.

It starts at sunrise, with a pipe ceremony at 6am, then events taking place from 7am to 5:15pm

Here’s how some of the highlights break down:

7am-5pm street mural, face painting, art stations

10pm Storytelling and Musicians with Hazel Dixon, Erroll Kiniston and Kayleigh Oakes

11:30 – 13:00 Buffalo Feast, open to the community

afternoon grand entry and opening prayer, with emcee Jeff Cappo

12:40 PM is the start of the powwow performances, including head buffalo male and female; little toddlers, jingle, traditional, fancy, grass and chicken dancing

5:15 PM unveiling of street murals

Multicultural Celebration of the Government Building

After three years of waiting, the Lieutenant Governor’s Canada Day Multicultural Celebration returns. The free event will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Government House, 4607 Dewdney Ave. in Regina. In the event of rain, the festivities will be moved indoors.

Outside appearances on stage include:

  • MC Felipe Gomez – 2021 Saskatchewanderer
  • Chinese Lion Dancers of Kung Fu Regina
  • Preston Littletent and the Eagle Claw powwow dancers
  • violinist Karrnnel Sawitsky
  • Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet
  • Pelican Narrows School Jiggers

More entertainment and outdoor activities:

  • CHAOS Dog Sports
  • View of Red River cart
  • saskat. science center shows
  • storybook princesses and superheroes
  • Weaving Metis yarn
  • Antique Auto Association Display
  • free drinks and snacks

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At Government House, visitors can view the portrait of the Queen on loan from Rideau Hall, Buffalo Winter Count Robe, performances by the Regina Classical Guitar Society, the Amédée Forget Museum, and the Government House Historical Society Collectible and Antiques Sale

Guests are also welcome to visit the recently dedicated Saskatchewan Residential School Memorial.

RCAF Flyby, RCMP sunset ceremony

The RCMP Sunset-Retreat Ceremony presented by RCMP Academy, ‘Depot’ Division, returns on Canada Day. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and must be seated by 6:30 PM

Admission is free and includes a cadet marching band, cannon drill, Canadian flag lowering, the March Past, and RCMP cadets performing cavalry drills in their scarlet tunics.

Two Royal Canadian Air Force CT-155 Hawk training jets from the 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School at 15 Wing Moose Jaw will flyby over the RCMP Depot Division in Regina for the Canada Day Sunset Ceremony on July 1.

The flyby will take place at approximately 6:45 PM

The aircraft will fly over the Depot at an altitude of not less than 500 feet above the highest obstacle in their route. Flybys by Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft are carefully planned and closely monitored for public safety and are subject to weather and flying conditions.

The CT-155 Hawk is the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fighter training aircraft on which fighter pilot candidates train before progressing to the CF-18 Hornet. The Hawk also supports the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program.

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