This year’s Canada Day celebrations ended with a bang as evidenced in Banff, above.

In Canmore itself, the festivities kicked off bright and early with a pancake breakfast in Centennial Park.

The famous Canmore Canada Day Parade itself kicked off at noon, this year following a different route f or the first time in its 30-year history so as to provide increased accessibility for more residents and visitors and overall better views to spectators.

The parade kicked off at Fairholme Drive and 15th Street, affording Bow Valley Seniors Lodge residents the opportunity to see the parade from their homes. After about one and a half hours, the parade will finished up at the corner of Main Street and Railway Avenue.

The Centennial Park festivities then continued through the afternoon, featuring music from The Calgary Stetson Show Band, Calgary Round-Up Band, Red Deer Royals, Calgary Stampede Showband, Jump Start, The Scottish School of Piping, and Calgary Police Service Pipe Band.

As ever, the festivities closed with the traditional Canada Day firework display at Millenium Park .